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One of five goalies in the Ducks system, can Marco Cousineau take one of the spots of those thought to be at the top?
Name: Marco Cousineau
Hometown: St. Lazare, Quebec, Canada
Draft Story: Cousineau was drafted in the 3rd round (83rd overall) in 2008. He accepted the Ducks' qualifying offer back in July - a one year, two-way deal worth $660,000 in the NHL and $65,000 in the AHL.
Where did the Ducks send him for the lockout? Cousineau was assigned to the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL.
2011-2012 League and Team: Marco spent time on three teams last season: he only played one game with the ECHL's Elmira Jackals before playing the next 25 with the CHL's Allen Americans. He ended his season with a six-game stint in Syracuse.
Other Hockey Ventures: The 2009 Memorial Cup tournament has been the greatest moment of Cousineau's brief career (thus far). His Drummondville Voltigeurs won the Memorial Cup, and he was selected as the tournament's most outstanding goaltender and named to its All-Star
Key Stats Last Season: Cousineau performed well in the CHL last year, posting a 2.53 GAA and a .918 save percentage. He also participated in the CHL All-Star Game.
From Anaheim Ducks Prospects (written in June 2008)
Marco Cousineau is the prototypical French Canadian butterfly goaltender. He is positionally sound and is very quick laterally, with his glove and legs pads. Cousineau had trouble tracking the puck at times with the Drakkar, but he did lead them to a second place finish in the QMJHL. Its always been difficult picking goaltenders in the NHL draft due to the lack of playing time and this year is no exception, so what Marco Cousineau develops into is anyone guess, but as of right now he looks like a middle of the pack solid prospect.
From Hockey's Future:
Cousineau has drawn praise for his competitiveness and receptiveness to instruction. He is a butterfly-goalie with solid poise between the pipes. He seems to have taken a step backward on his path to the NHL, as he has spent this year playing in the low-profile Central Hockey League.
Cousineau may soon fall to the same fate as other goalies in the Anaheim organization recently as the Ducks reorganize their goaltending stable. From the trade deadline to the start of the 2011-2012 season, the Ducks brought in five new goalies, four of whom are still in the organization. His NHL future remains cloudy at best
Is he a work-in-progress, future trade bait, or a keeper? Work-in-progress. Cousineau was a good junior goalie, but has not been able to translate that success into the professional ranks thus far. And even though he deserves credit for performing well in the CHL last season, his constant league shuffling is not good for his development, and suggests that he has fallen behind goalies like Igor Bobkov and John Gibson in the Goalie of the Future pecking order.
Should we be excited? Yes! Even though Hockey's Future suggested that his development took a "step backward" last year, I think we might be pleasantly surprised by his progress if he is given a real shot in Norfolk. As a general rule, you should never count a 22 year old goaltender out. His positioning and lateral movement are strong, and he seems to be taking his position on the Ducks Goaltending Carousel in stride. Anaheim Ducks Prospects compared him to Martin Biron, and I could see him sneaking into a Biron-esque backup job in the NHL if Gibson or Bobkov falter.