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Flyers reportedly showing interest in Cornell goaltender Ben Scrivens

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Throw enough goalies at the wall and maybe some of them will stick, right? The Flyers are interested in Cornell senior goaltender Ben Scrivens, according to TSN's Darren Dreger.

Scrivens wrapped up his college career last weekend following a loss to New Hampshire in the NCAA Tournament. He's had an extremely impressive collegiate career, and this season has been perhaps his best. At season's end, his 1.87 goals against average was ranked third in the nation and his .934 save percentage ranked first in the nation.

I've actually seen Scrivens play many times in person and I can vouch for his skill; he's very impressive. Unfortunately, I can't divulge much more than that, mostly because each time I saw him, I was intoxicated in a student section calling him a sieve ('Sievens, Sievens!' is quite the convenient chant, I might add). So don't take it from me -- check this profile from the New York Times' Slap Shot Blog, written back before the NCAA's.

Scrivens’s resume reads like a list of college hockey’s most coveted accolades. Earlier last week he won the Ken Dryden Award as the E.C.A.C.’s best goaltender, and he is one of the 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, given each year to college hockey’s best player. (It’s hard to win the Hobey Baker Award as a goalie; Ryan Miller of the Sabres is the only one to win the award in the last 20 years.)


When Scrivens’ career ends — whether next weekend or at the Frozen Four in Detroit — he will go into the record books as one of the greatest college goalies. He is currently fourth in career shutouts, with 18, and second in consecutive games started, with 103. Scrivens will also finish in the top 10 in career save percentage and goals-against average.

The one knock on Scrivens is that he's the product of a solid system, and that Cornell consistently turns out system goalies. I'm wary of those reports about this guys though. He's been extremely solid every time I've seen him (again, take that for what it's worth re: above), and he's stolen many a game for the Big Red.

Is he going to step in to the NHL right away if the Flyers sign him? No, not a chance in hell. He's been an impressive goaltender in the NCAA and the ECAC, but he of course would need some seasoning. Still, the potential for this kid is high, and what do we have to lose? Sign him, Homer.