The Edmonton Oilers announced today via their official Twitter feed that they had signed Tyler Bunz to a three year entry level contract.
Since being drafted late in the 2010 draft, the Medicine Hat Tigers netminder has established himself as one of the best puck stoppers in the WHL. He boasts a 74-30-13 record over the last two regular seasons, and has a 921 SV% this year after posting a 919 SV% last year.
It’s expected that Bunz will follow in the path of Jeff Deslauriers, Devan Dubnyk and Olivier Roy have been on and start his professional career in the ECHL as a starter with the Stockton Thunder. David Lenevu and Yann Danis have led the Oklahoma City Barons to the top of the AHL standings, and Roy is expected to play for OKC next season after a strong year with the Thunder.
A positionally and technically sound goalie, Bunz has shown excellent improvement year over year in the WHL. While he isn’t considered a particularly big or athletic netminder, he has enough size and agility that he’s considered among the best Canadian goalies his age. He also plays with a great deal of confidence and by all accounts gives his teammates playing in front of him the same confidence whenever he’s between the pipes.
Bunz definitely has NHL starter upside, though as is the case with all goalies, nothing is guaranteed. He’s known for his sound positional play and mental toughness, which are often two of the areas found lacking in goalies that don’t make it, so the odds of him delivering on his promise are better than most.