Jospeh Woll spent the last season with the US National Teen Development Program and has committed to playing for Boston College.
Hailing from Dardenne Prairie, Missouri, Woll is the sixth prospect from the St. Louis area to go in this years draft, and his skills in net found him playing in the USHL for the US National Team.
A big goalie, at 6-3 Woll has the skills to get into the NHL. His skate work in the crease is exceptional, but like most goalies he needs some rebound work. In last year's IIHF U18 Men's tournament he played three games and posted a 1.34GAA with a .947sv% on his way to a bronze medal in the tournament.
Woll's USTNDP stats weren't as impressive over the long haul of a season, he played 12 games with a 2.60 GAA and .898sv%.
From Future Considerations:
Woll is a poised and reliable butterfy-style puckstopper. He is very calm in his net, rarely looks panicked and is always in full control of his movements. He has a good anticipation of the developing plays around him, which allows him to accomplish some timely saves to keep his team in every game. His leg moves are also accurate and he always seems to fnd the right spot to be when a shot is taken. Woll moves well going post-to-post, although he could add some quickness in that regard. He is very quick popping up and dropping down, and mobile moving in and out of his crease. Woll is safe in that his large frame allows him to stay within his blue paint more often than not so he can get back if the approaching shooter fakes and goes for an in-close deke or pass instead. He is solid fundamentally, has quick refexes and can make some acrobatic plays when necessary. He needs to track the puck better. Woll seems to lose sight of the puck in tight and also when the play is developing at the blueline. With his size, he should be able to fght through any crease traffc, and see over players in front of him in an attempt to stop the puck. He has a tendency to push back very deep in his crease, and this results in a lot of his angles being off. His puckhandling ability and stick work are good, but not great. Woll isn’t afraid to try to make plays with the puck on dump-ins and board wraps. Has some strong upside as a big, yet athletic, stopper.
The Leafs have plenty of time to let him develop as the window to sign him is longer due to his NCAA commitments.