The Canucks have signed 26-year-old goaltender Zane McIntyre to a one-year, two-way contract. McIntyre will make $700,000 if he’s in the NHL.
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) July 1, 2019
McIntyre played for the Providence Bruins in the AHL last season where he posted a 25-14-7 record along with two shutouts, a .898 save percentage and 2.59 GAA. He’s listed at 6-2 and 205 lbs.
McIntyre was a sixth round draft pick (165th overall) by Boston in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He played eight games for the Bruins in 2016-17, posting an .858 save percentage. In that same season, he led the entire AHL with a .930 save percentage. McIntyre dressed in a game for the Bruins last season but did not play.
The Canucks are set in goal heading into 2019-20 with Jacob Markstrom and Thatcher Demko. McIntyre is expected to to provide some depth at the goaltending position for the Utica Comets.
20-year-old Michael DiPietro is set to turn pro after a great OHL career. This signing ensures the youngster won’t get overwhelmed in his first year with Utica. The Canucks also signed 22-year-old netminder Jake Kielly back in April. Kielly was sensational in three seasons with NCAA Clarkson and will be looking for a shot. The Comets also have Richard Bachman on the roster. The veteran goaltender has one year left on his contract but has been hindered by injury troubles. Marek Mazanec was traded to the Lightning as part of the deal for forward J.T. Miller.
McIntyre was the recipient of the 2015 Mike Richter Award as the top goaltender in Division I college hockey when he played at UND. He earned rave reviews for his play in college but an NHL backup role is still likely his ceiling.
McIntyre is a dexterous and athletic goalie with strong puck handling skills. His style is a bit of a throw-back, combining elements of the butterfly technique with an ability to improvise and scramble, not unlike that of one-time Blackhawk’s netminder Marty Turco. Competitive to the point where he hates to give up on a play he uses his height and long limbs to make stops that look out of reach. McIntyre’s hybrid style and reliance on reflexes sometimes make him prone to poor rebound control; an area he has worked to improve while at North Dakota. McIntyre displays some uncanny natural instincts, reads the play well, and has the poise and patience to wait out shooters in one-on-one situations. – Hockey’s Future
This signing wasn’t one of the Canucks big moves on the opening day of free agency, but it provides their AHL club with some solid depth at the goaltending position.