#6 Eric Comrie – Winnipeg Jets
2021-22 Stats: .920 SV%, 2.58 GAA, 10-5-1
Last Contract: $750,000 AAV
Potential Next Season: Back-Up Goalie/Tandem Goaltender
After bouncing around for a couple seasons from Winnipeg to Arizona to Detroit back to Winnipeg to New Jersey and then back to Winnipeg again, Eric Comrie finally solidified himself as an NHL back-up goaltender last season.
He reminds me of Ottawa Senators goaltender, Anton Forsberg. They were the two third string goaltenders that every team seemed to want whenever they were put on waivers to make room for a goaltender returning from injury. Forsberg seems to have finally found a home in Ottawa and Comrie should finally find a home with his next contract.
Chances are he’ll re-sign with the Winnipeg Jets, the team who drafted him in the 2nd round (59th overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft as he has returned to Winnipeg twice, but he could be a great steal for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Comrie will be one of the youngest unrestricted free agents available as a 26 year old Group 6 UFA. The Leafs greatest free agent steal last offseason was also a 26 year old Group 6 UFA, Michael Bunting.
I’m not saying Eric Comrie is a better goaltender than Connor Hellebuyck, but Comrie had the better stats out of the two Winnipeg Jets goaltenders and that’s saying something.
Eric Comrie may be best suited as a back-up goalie next season, but he still has a lot of professional hockey left in him and should work his way into a tandem or even a starting role soon.
He played on a league minimum contract last season, so the Toronto Maple Leafs could scoop him up cheap before he matures into a solid starter.