The Everett Silvertips believe they’ve landed their goaltender of the future.
The Silvertips announced Tuesday that 2003-born goalie Braden Holt has signed a Western Hockey League contract.
“Braden Holt’s performance (in training camp) was rock solid for a 16-year-old and we see him as the goalie of the future,” Everett general manager Garry Davidson said. “He was good as a young guy last year (in training camp) and I think this year he stepped his game up.”
Holt, a 12th-round bantam draft selection in 2018, is from Bozeman, Montana, but played midget hockey in Detroit for the Honeybaked U-15 team. He was fourth in the High Performance Hockey League in goals-against average (2.52) and fifth with a .917 save percentage.
The 6-foot-2 Holt is slated to play this season for the Little Caesars in the Tier I Elite Hockey League.
Before training camp with Everett, Holt attended USA Hockey’s Select 16 development camp, marking him as one of the top American goaltenders in his age group.
Josh Horton covers the Silvertips for the Herald. Follow him on Twitter, @joshhortonEDH