FRB Top 20 Prospects: #4...Darcy Kuemper


Darcy Kuemper, Goalie
Iowa Wild (AHL)
6'5", 207 lbs 5/5/1990 Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Sixth Round (161st Overall), 2009 NHL Draft

The second consecutive riser from last season's prospect rankings (where he was 12th), Darcy Kuemper has come a long way from being the second goalie taken by Minnesota in the 2009 NHL Draft. Kuemper, who was selected with a pick acquired by Edmonton in the Kyle Brodziak trade, has gone from being an athletic project to top tier goalie prospect.

Last season saw Kuemper recover from offseason hip surgery to post a .934 save percentage with Houston. He also made his NHL debut in Minnesota, playing six games for the Wild (and a playoff appearance) as Josh Harding spent much of the year finding his medication balance. Getting more time with Bob Mason (something he mentioned in an interview with Justin Goldman of The Goalie Guild) helps for a team whose goaltending situation has questions that do need to be answered in the next couple years. The less Kuemper relies on his athletic ability, the better.

Kuemper's play has improved as he continues to develop and move across all levels - he spent much of 2011-12 in the ECHL- and that is not always the easiest thing. It has also made it easier for Minnesota to trade away Matt Hacket to Buffalo as part of the Jason Pominville deal.

Previous 2013 Minnesota Wild Top 20 Prospect Articles:
#5: Erik Haula
#6: Zack Phillips
#7: Mario Lucia
#8: Johan Gustafsson
#9: Raphael Bussieres
#10: Brett Bulmer
#11: Daniel Gunnarsson
#12: Tyler Graovac
#13: Gustav Olofsson
#14: John Draeger
#15: Adam Gilmour
#16: Nick Seeler
#17: Dylan Labbe
#18: Kyle Medvec
#19: Kris Foucault
#20: Avery Peterson

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