clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Bruins Top 25 Under 25: #19 Zane McIntyre


Rank Change from 2013 M. Leonard Cornelius Nolan Dan Giesse Sean Sarah Kristian Servo
19 -3 (was 16) n/a 13 13 24 11 21 22 22 n/a

Position: G

Vitals: 6'2'', 206 lbs

Acquired: Drafted by Boston #165 overall in 2010

Current Team: North Dakota Fighting Sioux

If the name doesn't sound familiar, you may have missed that Zane Gothberg recently changed his last name to his mother's maiden name.

"My grandmother and my mother have been very influential in my life," said McIntyre. "With the passing of my grandmother and my mother getting re-married, as well as my sister getting married, I've made the personal choice to carry on the family name in their honor."

In McIntyre's sophomore season at North Dakota he led the team formerly known as Sioux to the Frozen Four. And I mean he lead them - a .948 save percentage in the tournament, highlighted by a 44 save double OT win in the regional final. Despite losing to arch rival Minnesota in the most heartbreaking of fashions (see below), it was a magical season for ND.

When I saw North Dakota visit Agganis Arena in November, ND was 4-6-1. After the weekend, they were 4-7-2 and in crisis mode. They lost their next game to St. Lawrence and then went on a run to end the regular season 20-11-3. The key behind the turnaround? The emergence of McIntyre.

McIntyre won the starting role in that time, providing steady goaltending after a bit of a rough start. Including the NCHC and NCAA tournament, he posted a .926 save percentage, good for 13th in the nation. This was a fantastic progression from his freshman year when he posted a .920 in half (17) of the appearances.

During the offseason McIntyre confirmed he would be returning to Grand Forks for his junior campaign. After getting bounced by underperforming Miami in the inaugural NCHC tournament, they'll look to capture their first conference title since the realignment and replicate the success of their Frozen Four run come NCAA time.

The Bruins are surely delighted with the trajectory of McIntyre and he's looking like he could be a steal of a sixth round pick. It's worth noting, though, that goalie is a position of extreme strength for the Bruins. First and foremost, there's Tuukka Rask. Thanks to his long-term contract and hall of fame level play, he's not likely to budge from the crease any time soon. In the short term, Svedberg and Subban also stand in the way as well, though each could see himself traded after an exhibition showing as the number two, flipped for positions of need.

For now, let's enjoy McIntyre's rise as one of the Bruins top-performing prospects.