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Walleye closer to solving goaltender situation

07/26/2016, 12:32am EDT
By By MARK MONROE BLADE SPORTS WRITER

Paterson could return to Toledo or move up chain

With the latest goaltender signing with the Grand Rapids Griffins on Monday, the Walleye’s goalie situation is closer to being set.

The Griffins signed ex-Ohio State goalie Cal Heeter to a one-year contract. Grand Rapids, Toledo’s American Hockey League affiliate, now has four netminders on its roster.

The Detroit Red Wings, the Walleye’s NHL parent club, have six goalies in its system, and two will filter down to Toledo.

Jake Paterson, who started his pro career last season in Toledo, will compete for a spot in Grand Rapids along with Heeter and another veteran goalie, Edward Pasquale. The trio will be vying for a spot to back up the Griffins’ No. 1 goalie, Jared Coreau.

Paterson, 22, went 18-9-2 with a .923 save percentage and 2.21 goals-against average for Toledo in his first full pro season last year. The 6-foot-1, 183-pound goalie also played in two games for the Walleye at the end of the 2014-15 season. Paterson was selected in the third round of the 2012 NHL draft.

Heeter, 27, played last season for two European clubs. In 24 games with the Hamburg Freezers, he posted an 11-8-0 record and a 3.00 GAA. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound St. Louis native last played in North America in 2014-15. Undrafted out of Ohio State (2008-12), he played in one NHL game with Philadelphia on April 13, 2014. He has played in 142 pro games in the AHL, ECHL, and European leagues.

Pasquale, 25, who signed with Grand Rapids on July 1, split the 2015-16 season between St. John’s in the AHL and Brampton, in the ECHL. In 30 AHL games, the Toronto native compiled a 13-10-3 record and a 2.62 GAA. 

Atlanta chose Pasquale in the fourth round of the 2009 draft. He has appeared in 166 AHL games.

Paterson, Heeter, and Pasquale will vie for a spot on the AHL roster at the Grand Rapids training camp in late September.

Contact Mark Monroe at: mmonroe@theblade.com, 419-724-6354 or on Twitter @MonroeBlade.

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Toledo Walleye goalie Jake Paterson makes a save last year. He went 18-9-2 and will battle for a spot in Grand Rapids in 2016-17. BLADE PHOTO

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