There’s been a fair amount of talk amongst fans about the team bringing in Zane Kalemba, who in large part is why Reynolds was never “the guy” in Princeton. Kalemba, of course, signed with the Stockton Thunder yesterday, as he continues to bounce around the pro ranks despite a standout career with the Tigers in which he was a Hobey Baker finalist in his junior season.
As for Reynolds, a variety of circumstances held the 22-year-old Toronto native to just 20 games over a four-year collegiate career, a career that came to an end after the Tigers shocking first round upset in the ECAC Playoffs to St. Lawrence. Reynolds joined the Tigers before the 2007-08 season, one year after Kalemba had established himself as the starter with a standout freshman season. Reynolds backed up Kalemba over the next three years, and found himself stuck behind sophomore Mike Condon and freshman sensation Sean Bonar this season. With both goalies highly regarded — Bonar was thought to be the best freshman goalie in the country in some circles — playing time just wasn’t there for Reynolds.
I’ve seen Reynolds play once, a relatively meaningless 20 minute stretch against a UConn team that the Tigers blew the doors off of in 2009-10. I won’t even begin to make an assessment of his play, as while he stopped every shot he faced, I won’t evaluate a goalie based on one period of play, especially against a significantly lesser team like the Huskies.
It’s interesting that Reynolds is getting an opportunity given what he did in college, but here’s hoping he gets an opportunity to actually get into a game at some point. Reynolds was 9-9-0 over four years for the Tigers, posting a 3.51 GAA and .879 save percentage.
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