Jared Coreau

by bigjoehighgate on December 23, 2016

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Jared Coreau, G

Catches: L

Height: 6-4

Weight: 236

Born: 1991-11-05

Hometown: Perth, On

Drafted: Signed by Detroit in 2013 as an undrafted free agent

 

 

 

 

Observations:

 

December 2016 – Coreau saw NHL action Dec. 23 for the second time this month after being recalled by the Red Wings due to Jimmy Howard’s injury. He won a 4-3 shootout over Florida. Coreau made his big-league debut Dec. 3 against the Penguins, and though the box score may show differently, the young netminder skated away with a positive experience in his first NHL start. Facing one of the league’s most dangerous offensive units, he made key saves early and seemed quick and confident in the crease from the first puck-drop. Using his long legs to virtually leave no open space in the lower portion of the net, Coreau perfectly fits the mould of the new-age NHL goalie. He’s big enough to take up the large majority of the net, but still agile to make athletic saves and continuously battle for rebounds and loose pucks in his crease. The Grand Rapids starter allowed more than one goal only once in December with the Griffins and has posted a 2.18 GAA so far this season. As the extent of Howard’s injury is still unclear, it seems this stint with the Wings may be longer than his last and provide an opportunity to show management he can be a key part of this team in the future. Joseph Highgate

July 2016 – Up and coming Jared Coreau is strongly making his case to be the Red Wing’s next top goalie prospect. The undrafted 24 year old has leap-frogged first and third round prospects Tom McCollum and Jake Paterson in the organizational depth chart and has made his claim to be next in line for the Red Wings crease. After a dismal first season with the Toledo Walleye, where he recorded only one win in 20 games, Coreau bounced back for two solid seasons in Grand Rapids that earned him the lion’s share of starts in the AHL. Qualifying amongst some of the best in the minors, he posted a 2.43 GAA and .922 save percentage in 2015-16 and muscled his way into the starter’s role, demoting Jake Paterson to the ECHL. After filing for arbitration earlier this month, the Red Wings rewarded his steady performance with a two-year deal worth $1.2 million. With Jimmy Howard potentially on his way out this summer, the backup role looks to be within reach for the 6-4, 236 lbs. net minder who’s eager for his first taste of the NHL. Joseph Highgate

November 2015Jared Coreau has been about the only bright spot in Grand Rapids to date being the winning goaltender in both wins registered through 10 games along with being tied for third on the team with two assists. Just a reminder Coreau is a goalie, a goalie and he has as many or more than only two players on Grand Rapids.

He and Thomas McCollum have seen an even split in games to date with Coreau showing the superior numbers across the board 2W-2.71GAA-0.915SV% compared to 0W-3.55GAA and 0.887SV%. When you take a further look at their stats over the past calender year Coreau's numbers show he deserves the number one job and surely soon enough he will earn that title with continued strong play. It's interesting to note that Coreau a Wings undrafted free agent signing is getting the starts in the crease in the AHL while their 2012 third round pick Jake Paterson toils in Toledo of the ECHL albeit in a number one role. He's not a goalie to monitor at this point, but it will be interesting to see his development over the next couple of years. He seems to be the  goaltender that's waiting in the wings for Detroit if injuries were to hit in the crease. Travis Watson

December 2014After coming out of Northern Michigan University after his junior season, Jared Coreau certainly wasn’t shy on suitors for his services. The Perth, Ontario native had as many as seven teams after him and he ended up not going far at all as he decided to begin his pro career with the Detroit Red Wings. A team he chose because of their ability to develop prospects and get them to the next level at a rate that not many franchises can lay claim to.

 

Coreau, who lists at 6’5” is a nice complement to the other goaltenders in the Wings prospect cupboard with Petr Mrazek and Jake Paterson coming in at around 6’which makes them depend more on their athleticism, speed and instincts to fill up the net. So advantage goes to Coreau there but for 2014 it was a debut season to forget. The rookie pro went 1-16-6 in all competitions with a goals against average north of 4.00 and a save percentage in the 0.880 range.

 

Winning just one game in a season could demoralize any goaltender but not Jared Coreau as he has showed that great things can happen to those who wait. He was given the starting nod at the tail end of November due to the extended absence of Petr Mrazek who’s still up with Detroit and the underwhelming performance of the Griffins as a whole so far and he rewarded the team by helping reel off three straight victories with the second one being his first pro shutout in a 4-0 win over the Rockford Ice Hogs. His play over the past couple weeks just proves what most already knew that patience is the key with goaltending prospects or any prospect for that matter but he still has plenty of work to do to make it at the next level. However if he keeps this up it would certainly warrant him a new contract from the organization to see how he develops over a couple more seasons in the minors. Travis Watson

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: C-

He’s still a project, although he's made two NHL appearances in December 2016, including a 4-3shootout win in his second outing.

 

 

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