Born: November 5, 1991
Birthplace: Perth, ON, CAN
Height/Weight: 6’6” , 220 lb
Contract: Group Six UFA in 2018-2019
Games Played: 7
Coreau started the season as the third goaltender for the Wings on a depth chart behind two goalies that could have been moved after having been touted as fully NHL-ready and even hinted at potentially being the lone protected goalie for the expansion draft by the diggers (hint: he wasn’t). Instead of stepping in to be the full-time backup after an offseason or early-season move, Coreau found himself in Grand Rapids for the majority of the season, only coming up and, even then, playing sparingly after the Red Wings traded Petr Mrazek to Philadelphia.
At the NHL level, Coreau played a handful of meaningless games, never allowing fewer than three goals, and able to record no wins. At the AHL level, he got 38 games, tied for 9th in the league with 21 wins, put up an admirable .913 save percentage, and was quite helpful getting the Griffins into the Calder Cup Playoffs.
What He Did vs. Expectations
Here’s what Mike wrote in our preseason expectations post on Coreau:
The numbers dont lie - they may be skewed, and from a small sample size, but they still are what they are. Coreau was not good at being consistently better than the rest of our team - our skaters had a problem holding leads and preventing shots no matter the score, and Coreau had issues with letting those shots in. To his advantage, a lot can happen in the off-season if you train hard enough and improve on your weaknesses - which I’m sure he, and every other member of the Wings, has been working on all summer. But to get another shot at tending an NHL net, he probably has to wait for an injury or a trade after being handed the reins last season.
I mean, it’s not like it’s hard to guess that’s what would have happened, but still... nailing it is nailing it. Coreau probably even underperformed expectations, but he also played in only seven NHL games. I’m not holding that against him.
Final Grade: INCOMPLETE
The most-interesting thing about Coreau right now is he’s set to become a UFA because the Wings never used him enough to keep his RFA rights, despite him being technically young enough to still be a restricted free agent I don’t think it’s fair to give him a letter grade based on how this season went for him at the NHL level.
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