Canucks invite giant 6-foot-9 goaltender to development camp (Photos)

Photo via https://athletics.blog.gustavus.edu/files/2012/03/IMG_0373-750x487.jpg
Photo via https://athletics.blog.gustavus.edu/files/2012/03/IMG_0373-750x487.jpg

The Vancouver Canucks have a big name on their development camp roster.

It’s John McLean – who is of no relation to the former Devils coach/player because his name is spelled differently. He’s a 6-foot-9 goaltender – which is freaking huge!.

Game changer? Project? Maybe a publicity stunt? 

The 25-year-old McLean spent four years at Gustavus Adolphus College, a Division-III school in Minnesota. In 2013-14 he had a 1.96 goals against average and .920 save percentage in 26 games.

Look at how low he gets in his goaltender’s position ... such a low crouch:

Photo via https://athletics.blog.gustavus.edu/files/2012/03/McLean-96.jpg
Photo via https://athletics.blog.gustavus.edu/files/2012/03/McLean-96.jpg

It used to be teams would put the ‘fat kid’ in goal. Now they’re just putting super tall guys in net. The man is a freaking giant. (Humming ‘In the valley of the Jolly Green Giant …’).

Please give us a caption for the below photo? He's like a goaltending Gandalf to Frodo and Samwise -- since we're on a Hobbit theme today

Photo via Carroll Goalie School
Photo via Carroll Goalie School

Last season in three games with the Pensacola Ice Flyers of the Southern Professional Hockey League, the Eagan, Minnesota native had a 3.54 goals against average and .895 save percentage. The NHL’s tallest goaltender is Ben Bishop at 6-foot-7. So McLean would be like the Zdeno Chara of netminders perhaps? Not really, just because Chara was actually a project turned elite prospect turned likely Hall of Fame defenseman.  

Maybe the Canucks think they can mold him?

At very least they can't stretch him any more ... zing!

(S/t BarDown)

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