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Jake Paterson
Position: Goaltender
Catches: Left
Vitals: 6’1” / 183 lbs.
Birthdate: May 3, 1994
Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario
Acquired: Detroit’s second choice (80th overall) in the 2012 draft
CSS Ranking: Third North American goaltender (2012)
Contract: 2017 via CapGeek
RWC Says: Starting Goaltender


  • 2012-13 CHL Canada-Russia Subway Super Series (Team OHL)
  • 2013-14 CHL Canada-Russia Subway Super Series (Team OHL)

  • Enjoyed solid first full season in OHL with Saginaw (18-18-3, 3.42 GAA, .904 Sv%).
  • Numbers through Dec. 1: 6-11-1, 4.31, .886. After: 12-7-2, 2.67, .921.
  • Posted wins of 36, 42 and 46 saves in an impressive OHL post-season (6-6, 3.05 GAA, .903 Sv%).
  • Improved two spots to No. 3 among North American goalies in Central Scouting’s final ranking.
  • Ninth goaltender selected in 2012 NHL draft, going in the third round (80th overall) to Detroit.
  • Returned to Saginaw for second OHL season and seized starter’s role.
  • Started 50 games and won 25 (25-18-5, 3.53 GAA, .901 Sv%, 1 SO).
  • Ranked among league leaders in GAA (14th), Sv% (T14), wins (T9) and saves (seventh).
  • Saginaw (32-29-7) finished 12th overall and allowed 35.3 shots per game (sixth-worst).
  • Represented Canada at IIHF world junior championship but did not play as third-stringer.
  • First-round playoff exit featured Paterson’s 67-save performance in Game 2 3-2 OT loss to London.
  • Behind overmatched Saginaw squad, his playoff numbers took a dive (0-4, 5.36 GAA, .860 Sv%).
  • Signed amateur tryout contract to join AHL’s Grand Rapids late in season but did not play.
  • Returned to Saginaw for his third full OHL season.
  • Signed three-year entry-level contract with Detroit on Oct. 1.
  • Finished 16th in OHL in GAA (3.41) and ninth in Sv% (.906) while going 24-18-2 in 45 games.
  • Also had two shutouts and stopped 11 of 17 shootout attempts.
  • Stopped 21-of-23 shots and 6-of-8 shootout attempts in 3-2 Subway Super Series loss on Nov. 25.
  • Made Canadian roster for the 2014 IIHF world junior championship along with Zach Fucale.
  • Started two round-robin games (1-1, 3.36 GAA, .867 Sv%) before surrendering No. 1 job to Fucale.
  • Canada went on to finish without a medal at the tournament.
  • Started all five games in 4-1 opening-round loss to Erie (4.67 GAA, .889 Sv%).
  • Signed amateur tryout contract with Grand Rapids to finish season in AHL.

“He’s one of those goalies who looks bigger in the net. He covers the net well, he covers the bottom of the net real well and he’s very athletic.” — Red Wings director of scouting Joe McDonnell (June 2012) … “He’s rock solid — he makes good saves, he makes spectacular saves, he doesn’t get out of position and he plays a real steady game. He’s a bit of an underdog … but he’s a battler who competes really hard.” — TSN analyst Ray Ferraro (December 2013) … “He’s super competitive and he wants to be in high-pressure situations where a lot is at stake. Those are two traits that every elite goaltender has to have … He’s very athletic, and he is a leader.” — Red Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer (December 2013).

Not huge, but has average to slightly above average build for a goaltender … Covers a lot of net, especially down low … Athletic … Calm in the net and isn’t fazed by pressure … Competitive battler who works hard to stop second chances … Moves puck well.

Can get caught trying to do too much and needs to keep his game simple rely on his fundamentals … Has never posted elite numbers but has always backstopped mediocre teams.

The Red Wings had Paterson ranked as the fourth-best goaltender available in the 2012 NHL draft and were happy to get him in the third round, 80th overall. He hasn’t disappointed, posting two solid OHL campaigns and earning a spot on Canada’s world junior team. Already signed to a three-year entry-level contract, Paterson will vie for time in Grand Rapids as an AHL rookie in 2014-15.

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 Season Team League GP GAA SVS%      Playoffs GP GAA SVS%
 2009-2010 Toronto Marlboros Minor Mdgt AAA GTMMHL 50 - - |        
  Toronto Marlboros Minor Mdgt AAA OHL Cup 6 1.57 - |        
 2010-2011 Saginaw Spirit OHL 5 2.97 .907 |        
  Soo Eagles NOJHL 13 2.95 .921 | Playoffs 15 2.42 .931
  Soo Eagles Dudley Hewitt Cup 4 2.57 .919 |        
  Canada Ontario U17 WHC-17 0 - - |        
 2011-2012 Saginaw Spirit OHL 42 3.42 .904 | Playoffs 12 3.05 .903
 2012-2013 Saginaw Spirit OHL 50 3.53 .901 | Playoffs 4 5.36 .860
 2013-2014 Saginaw Spirit OHL 45 3.41 .906 | Playoffs 5 4.67 .889
  Grand Rapids Griffins AHL - - - |        
  Canada U20 WJC-20 2 3.36 .868 |        

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