Cab Morris (IND) is the top eligible goaltender for the 2010 NHL Draft from the USHL. Willie Yanakeff (WAT) has taken that spot in my book. In a season full of suprises at the goalie position in the USHL, Yanakeff has been the one sure thing as far as the NHL Draft goes. His size has kept him afloat in a season where his numbers haven't been what you would expect out of a goalie ready to be drafted into the NHL. Yanakeff stands at 6'2"/185. Even in the butterfly, where Yanakeff seems to be the most at home, he is still very tall which means he's not too vunerable to getting beat top shelf too often.
Yanakeff's strengths have to be his positioning and his glove. His positioning is solid from what I've seen, and he is almost always (you guessed it again!) square to the shooter. He comes out and challenges the shooter initially, cutting down angles and removing the the possibility of cross-slot passes from the forwards on odd-man rushes. After he comes out and challenges, he slides back getting lower and anticipating the shot untill he's finally in the butterfly, which as mentioned before, is where he's most comfortable. Whether out of the crease or in it down in the butterfly, Yanakeff is always there with his golve to snag shots on his left side. He can really get that glove up fast and that's an advantage when you're facing the fast shots of the USHL.
Yanakeff does have weaknesses however, and they've contributed to the unimpressive stats Yanakeff has compiled this year. One of those weaknesses is that his blocker side is not nearly as impressive as his glove. The biggest percent of outside shots that goes in on Yanakeff come from his right side where the top shelf is easily attainable for shooters. But Yanakeff's biggest weakness and the thing he needs to work on a lot in college is his rebound control. In 22 games this season, Yanakeff had a 10-9 record and 3.31 GAA with a .880 SV% which is very underwhelming. His rebound control is probably what leads to over 70 percent of the goals scored against him, so that is what Yanakeff will be working on in the years to come.
At the moment, Yanakeff is looking like a 5th or 6th rounder in this summer's NHL Draft. As mentioned above, Yanakeff needs to work on his weaknesses in college. Yanakeff is comitted to play at Michigan State University for next season which is a good fit for him. Yanakeff's professional future completely depends on how much he develops at MSU.