Carter Serhyenko – 2021 NHL Draft Prospect Profile
2020-21 Team: Prince Albert Raiders / WHL Date of Birth: Sep. 24, 2002 Place of Birth: Saskatoon, SK, CAN Ht: 6-foot-4 Wt: 198 pounds Catches: Left Position: G NHL Draft Eligibility: 2021 first-year eligible
NHL Central Scouting: 9th (amongst NA goaltenders)
Sometimes one season can change everything. After the shortened 2019-20 season, Prince Albert Raiders rookie goaltender Carter Serhyenko looked like he could be one of the top goalies of his draft year. At the time, he was just 17-years-old, meaning that he would have 2020-21 to improve his draft stock after posting an impressive 2.21 goals-against average (GAA) and a .916 save percentage (SV%) in 15 starts.
Unfortunately, this isn’t what happened. Perhaps it was the uncertainty of the season or a bit of regression in his game along with the entire team around him, but Serhyenko’s 2020-21 season was rough. In just 10 starts, he posted a 3.99 GAA and a .858 SV%.
With statistics like those, it would be easy to write him off at the 2021 NHL Draft, but this might not be the case. See, Serhyenko has strong goaltending fundamentals, an NHL-caliber frame, and moves incredibly well in the crease. If given the right opportunity, he could prove that this was just a one-off fluke and that he has what it takes to compete for a spot in the NHL.
Carter Serhyenko – NHL Draft Projection
No, Serhyenko likely won’t be an early-round selection at the draft. Even with so much raw potential, many teams will balk at his relatively poor showing throughout the 2020-21 season.