At the beginning of May, the Engineers picked up their 3rd transfer commitment. This time it was Goalie Alex Aslanidis who decided he would be coming to Troy. Like Nick Strom, Aslanidis comes from Western Michigan. He played 2 seasons there and had a 0.882 SV% and a 3.03 GAA in 13 GP. This all came from his freshman year as he didn’t play at all last year. Aslanidis became the starter his freshman year when Brandon Bussi went down with an injury. Bussi was healthy this season and the clear #1 as he ended up signing an NHL contract, so Aslanidis didn’t have any opportunity.
Aslanidis is a big goalie, listed at 6’5″ and 205 LBs. He plays his angles well and takes up a lot of the net with his good positioning. He is good at tracking the puck and controls his rebounds well. He has gotten to be more consistent as he has developed. His movement has also continued to get better despite being a bigger goaltender.
Aslanidis has a very good skill set, and we expect him to compete for the backup goalie spot with Brett Miller. With his size and other good qualities, he has the potential to be a #1 as he continues to develop. Congratulations to Alex and his family!