Saturday, September 5, 2020

Reds Land Outhouse

The University of New Brunswick Reds have already got a head start on their 2021-2022 recruiting, announcing the addition of former pro goaltender Griffen Outhouse to the program. 

Outhouse, a 6' 185 pound native of Williams Lake, British Columbia spent his entire four year junior career with the WHL's Victoria Royals, posting a record of 114-60-7 while never finishing a season with a save percentage below 0.913. His 0.937 save percentage in his rookie year was the best in the country. 

After concluding his junior career Outhouse was one of the top overage goaltenders available out of the CHL and originally committed to the Alberta Golden Bears for the 2019-2020 season. However, he would instead sign a two-way AHL/ECHL contract with the Winnipeg Jets. He split last season with the AHL's Manitoba Moose, playing five games and putting up a 3.70 GAA and 0.882 save percentage, and the ECHL's Jacksonville Icemen, where he had 4.25 GAA and .874 GAA in nine games before suffering a season-ending left knee injury. 

Due to playing professionally after his age 21 season Outhouse will be not only be docked a year of eligibility, but will also not become eligible to play until a year from his last professional game, which was in late January. Although it is technically possible he could play this season, the uncertainty surrounding the campaign due to COVID-19 combined with UNB already boasting the stellar tandem of Rylan Parenteau and Samuel Harvey between the pipes  means it is likely the Reds will opt to hold Outhouse out until next season. 

It should also be noted that Parenteau is entering his fourth season while Harvey, as Gardiner MacDougall pointed out in the press release, has fast-tracked his degree and will be graduating in the spring after only two seasons, much like former UNB goaltenders Michael Ouzas and Etienne Marcoux did, so the plan could be to have Outhouse practice with the team this season before taking over as the number one goaltender in 2021-2022.