After making the move from the Western Hockey League east to Ontario, goaltender Dylan Myskiw is leaving his mark early on in his time in the Ontario Hockey League.
His move from Edmonton to the London Knights wasn’t a quick one, but one that has paid off for the Knights.
Myskiw was released by the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings in early October and was eventually claimed off waivers by the OHL’s Sarnia Sting 10 days later.
The Sting then dealt the overage netminder along with a conditional third-round pick to London for Vegas Golden Knights prospect Jordan Kooy on Oct. 29.
Since joining the Knights, Myskiw has gone 4-0-0 with a 1.83 goals against average and .936 save percentage in four games, which included a 41-save performance in a Knights win over the Owen Sound Attack on Saturday night.
The start with the Knights is an extension of a strong playoff run with the Oil Kings last season, his lone season with the team.
The 20-year-old goaltender was among the WHL’s best last season, going 28-11-5 with the Oil Kings, who brought Myskiw in from the Brandon Wheat Kings in September 2018.
For the Oil Kings, solid goaltending has allowed them to start the season well and they haven’t missed a beat since Myskiw’s move.
Returnee Todd Scott has stepped in admirably as he took over the starting role.
Scott has gone 7-2-3 with a 2.94 goals-against average and .900 save percentage for the Oil Kings as the team sits in top spot in the WHL’s Eastern Conference ahead of the Prince Albert Raiders and Lethbridge Hurricanes.
Goaltender Sebastian Cossa, 17, has also performed well for the Oil Kings in his first major junior season.
Through eight games, his lone blemish on his record is a shootout loss as the Fort McMurray, Alta., native is 5-0-1 and surrendered just 15 goals to start the season.
Speaking of rookie goaltenders, 18-year-old Samuel Hlavaj of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Sherbrooke Phoenix has made the adjustment to playing in North American look easy.
Selected in the 2019 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft, Hlavaj has 10 wins in 14 games and leads the QMJHL in both goals against average (1.98) and save percentage (0.926) and his 10 wins are fourth.