In October (sorry we’re late!), ’05 Goalie Ryan Sanborn committed to RPI. Sanborn is a left-handed goalie who is listed at 6’2″ and 190 LBs despite still being very young. He has played a few different places this season. He has primarily played for the Hill School in Pennsylvania, but he has also played with the Buffalo Regals 16U team. He also served as the backup for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL for a couple games since he is affiliated with them. His numbers are excellent with the Hill School as he has a 0.920 SV% but only a 2.6 GAA (as of Jan. 26), which means that the defense is giving up lots of shots, but he is still playing outstanding in the net.
The scouting reports on Sanborn are all outstanding and indicate that he is a truly elite goaltender with the ability to take over games. He was invited to the USNTDP evaluation camp and nearly made the team showing that he is one of the best goalies in the US for his age. Neutral Zone describes him as showing “technical ability, good hands, a calmness and was always square to the shooter cutting down net for the opponent to shoot at. He controlled rebounds, he was poised and confident knowing his positioning and depth at all times and made several point black and stops.” They also called him “one of the premier goalies in the country.” Overall, the scouting reports paint him as a very complete goaltender due to his tracking ability, composure, athleticism, body control, and rebound control. This is an absolutely outstanding get for RPI, and we’d argue it’s the best recruit that has committed under Coach Smith.
With Sanborn’s abilities, we wouldn’t be surprised if he is an NHL draft pick in the 2023 entry draft. When he enrolls likely depends on where he plays next season. If he makes the jump to the USHL with the Dubuque Fighting Saints and generates lots of NHL interest, we could see him coming to RPI as a true freshman. Most likely though, he will enroll at RPI in 2024 rather than coming in as an 18 year old true freshman. When he gets to Troy, he has the ability to be one of the best goalies in the country and the backbone of the Engineers. Until then, we look forward to seeing him continue to develop. Congratulations to Ryan and his family!