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Toronto Maple Leafs sign goaltender Ian Scott to three-year, entry-level contract

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Prince Albert Raiders goaltender Ian Scott is officially a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The National Hockey League team signed the Raiders’ goaltender to a three-year, entry-level contract Friday while Scott was participating in Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp for the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.

At the 2017 NHL Draft, the Maple Leafs selected the Calgary, Alta. product in the fourth round, 110th overall. Three years earlier, the Raiders had made Scott the ninth overall selection at the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft and have reaped the rewards ever since.

Scott made his debut with the Raiders on September 25, 2015 against the Saskatoon Blades, then won his first career WHL start on October 2, 2015, making 29 saves against the Vancouver Giants. He’d also record the first shutout of his WHL career later that month against the Kootenay ICE.

The 6-foot-3, 183-pound goaltender has been a backbone for the Raiders this season as they’ve shot up the standings to be ranked as the best team in the Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings. Through 26 games, Scott has a 23-2-0-1 record, 1.61 goals-against average, 0.943 save percentage, and four shutouts. At the top of Scott’s performances this season are a 43-save shutout on home ice against the Medicine Hat Tigers on November 14, 2018. Two days later, Scott became the first WHL goaltender to score a goal since Edmonton Oilers prospect Stuart Skinner scored an empty-net goal on March 18, 2016.

Scott currently ranks first in GAA, SV%, and shutouts while his 23 wins are tied for the league lead with Everett Silvertips goaltender Dustin Wolf. Overall, Scott has appeared in 152 WHL regular season games for the Raiders, posting a 72-58-8-4 record, 3.03 GAA, 0.903 SV%, and seven shutouts. He’s also appeared in eight WHL Playoff games, posting a 3-4 record, 3.41 GAA, and a 0.891 SV%. During the 2018 WHL Playoffs, Scott was instrumental in the Raiders pushing the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy Champion Moose Jaw Warriors to seven games in their Round One series.

Through the first half of the 2018-19 WHL Regular Season, Scott has been named the WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending goaltender of the Week three times, earning national honours as the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week once. He’s also twice been named the WHL Vaughn Goaltender of the Month, once for September/October and once for November.

Right now, Scott is competing for a spot as one of Canada’s goaltenders at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, set to be hosted in Vancouver and Victoria, B.C. Previously, Scott has represented Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, Under-18 World Championship, and the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. With Scott between the pipes, he helped lead Canada White to a gold medal at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. He’s also an Alberta Cup Champion and was named the top goaltender in the Alberta Major Bantam AAA Hockey League during the 2013-14 season.

Scott made his professional hockey debut last season with the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies, earning a 4-3 victory against fellow Raiders teammate Parker Kelly and the Belleville Senators.

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