NHL Draft: Roman Basran

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Name: Roman Basran

Team: Kelowna Rockets (WHL)

Position: Goalie

Height/Weight: 6’2 194lbs

Hand: Left

NHL Draft Ranking: N/A 

Western Prospects Ranking: 41st

Estimated Draft Position: Fifth Round to Seventh Round


Areas of Strength

  • Composure in Crease
  • Lightning Reflexes
  • Creativity

Areas of Weakness

  • Compact Stance
  • Low Shoulders
  • Footwork

Report: Roman Basran was highly coveted entering the Kelowna Rockets line up as a 16 year old net minder, his numbers were astounding that season and he was regarded as one of the best goalies at the World U-17’s that year. Unfortunately for Basran he struggled vitally with a lower body injury late in his rookie season, something that seems to still hurt him to this day. Basran secured the starting role on the Rockets this past season, he chalked up 51 starts while posting a 0.906 save percentage and a 2.79 goals against average. Basran may be looked at as the go-to starter for the Rockets next season where they host the Memorial Cup, given that and his flashy style of play a team may look to take Basran late to see him on the big stage.

I wouldn’t describe Basran as the best goaltender in terms of athleticism in the draft, certainly he has some intriguing physical skills but overall Basran relies mostly on quick reflexes and a composed butterfly positioning in order to make stops. Basran’s mind set to stay calm in all aspects of the game is what intrigues most, even when the puck is around his feet he is still dialled in and focused on what he can control. Basran gets his legs down quick, suffocating his pads to the ice and smothering lower shot opportunities whilst controlling the rebound. His ability to find the puck through traffic and contain it is impressive to say the least, already down in the butterfly stance he picks his opportunity to lash out his glove at the puck. Basran is somewhat of an athletic goalie, he plays to the top of his crease and when cross crease passes find its target he gets out quickly to challenge the shooter and eliminate shooting angles. Where Basran leads WHL goalies is when it comes to his creativity, Basran has some flare to his toolset and isn’t afraid of flailing his body around to stop pucks. For Basran, improving his side to side movement in the crease will be crucial, at times he goes down to quickly into the butterfly positioning and struggles to regain position when a puck pops out. Recovering quicker to his feet and standing like a goalie over six feet is something I’d like to see, he keeps himself to compact to the shooter and shows a lot of net. Overall however Basra’s gifted quickness and puck tracking is worthy of taking a shot on.