The 2015 NHL Draft took place on Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida and after an quiet year on the UMass Lowell draft front in 2014, the UMass Lowell River Hawks were represented in 2015.
Late in the sixth round of this 2015 draft the Anaheim Ducks selected UMass Lowell incoming goaltender Garrett Metcalf with the 179th overall pick. The only selection made this year with a connection to the River Hawks.
Metcalf played the 2014-15 season with the Madison Capitols of the United States Hockey League (USHL). He was between the pipes for 33 games for the Capitols, posting a record of 10-12-4 with a .911 save percentage and 3.26 goals against average.Prior to joining the USHL, Metcalf spent time with the Colorado Rampage U18 and U16 teams and Omaha AAA Lancers 18U and 16U teams. With the Rampage U18 team he posted a 2.31 GAA and .906 save percentage in 14 games.
The Salt Lake City, Utah native was originally committed to join the River Hawks for the 2016-17 season, but after UMass Lowell lost their third-string and backup goaltender this offseason we may see him at UMass Lowell this coming season. However, according to the Mad Caps website, Metcalf is expected at their training camp and to be on their roster this coming season. We will have to wait and see.
The last UMass Lowell goaltender to be selected in the NHL draft was Connor Hellebuyck of the Winnipeg Jets organization. Metcalf also becomes the first Madison Capitol goaltender to be selected in the NHL Draft.
Metcalf played alongside 2015-16 incoming freshman forward Ryan Lohin in Madison and Lohin was quick to congratulate the goaltender.