Hometown: Aalborg, DEN
Draft: CHL – MH (2018) Round 1 (#32)
Medicine Hat, AB – After having a breakout season with the Medicine Hat Tigers, rookie goaltender Mads Søgaard will be hoping to hear his name called in Vancouver this weekend.
Søgaard’s late birthday puts him in his first year of eligibility for the NHL draft which will take place June 21st to 22nd, almost a year after he was drafted by the Tigers in the 2018 CHL Import Draft.
“I was so excited [to be drafted by the Tigers],” said Søgaard. “From my conversation with the coaches and the way my teammates welcomed me after getting drafted, it just felt like I was in a perfect place.”
His feeling was right and the 18-year-old Aalborg, Denmark native could not have asked for a better rookie season in the WHL. He led all WHL rookie goaltenders in goal against average (GAA), save percentage (SAV%) and shutouts. In 37 games played, Søgaard posted a 19-8-2-2 record with a 2.64 GAA and a 0.921 SAV% along with three shutouts.
“Personally I think I was prepared for every game. I took good care of my body and that helped me to feel good physically. With that being said, I was lucky to be on such a great team and without my teammates and my coaches, I wouldn’t have had the season I had,” said Søgaard.
Søgaard finished the season ranked number two in North American goaltenders by NHL Central Scouting, moving up one spot from his midterm ranking.
He also earned a number of accolades during the season including tying with Captain James Hamblin for the Medicine Hat Lodge Most Valuable Player and the Guttormson & Company Chartered Accountants Playoff Most Valuable Player Awards, as well as, winning the WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week and Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week twice during the regular season.
“Looking back at last season, it was a lot of fun and we had a good year. We played hard all year, and it was very exciting to be a part of that group. Personally, I think that my teammates did a great job of helping me to put me in a good position for the Draft and I’m really thankful for that,” said Søgaard.
The 6’7 goaltender is athletic with good lateral movement. He has great positioning and rebound control. But a word that is most often used to describe Søgaard is calm.
“I’m just a guy that’s very down to earth. I don’t get very stressed, and I’m just enjoying the ride. I think my playing style is similar to my personality,” said Søgaard.
After attending the NHL Combine a few weeks ago, Søgaard has been in San Diego training with Chris Munford. He is working on all aspects of his game in hopes that if everything gets better, he will have another great season with the Tigers.