Nine years ago, a very athletic defenseman in Brampton, Ontario was asked to play goalie because his dad’s summer hockey team’s goaltenders had left for a couple of weeks vacation. He had played some goal before but this was different. He would be strapping on the pads on a consistent basis, so he decided to just have fun with it and see what he could do.
Seven years later, at 17, Scott Wedgewood would be drafted in the 3rd round (84th overall) by the New Jersey Devils. At the time, he was a backup goaltender for the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers. His biggest moment up to that point was a 70-save performance against Windsor in the OHL playoffs, a game which showed his extraordinary athleticism and untapped potential.
New Jersey Devils General Manager guru Lou Lamoriello saw Wedgewood as a goaltender who had unlimited upside; he just needed more time to develop and gain valuable exposure. Wedgewood’s ability was there. He had a strong work effort and seemed to gain confidence and raise his play when facing adversity. Lamoriello just needed Wedgewood to get the right opportunities and he would have found a pocket ace.