Philadelphia Flyers goaltending prospect Roddy Ross won’t be back with the Thunderbirds as a trade has sent him to the Regina Pats.
After taking over the starting duties for the Seattle Thunderbirds this season, Roddy Ross won’t have the opportunity to do the same next year. The Regina Pats will be his new home as the team acquired the Flyers prospect along with an eighth-round pick.
In return, the Pats sent back a second-round pick this year, a fourth-round pick in 2022, and a conditional second-round pick in 2024. Ross was a star on the Thunderbirds. He posted a 3.17 GAA and a .908 SV%. He was named the team’s Most Valuable Player.
Ross was named CHL Goaltender of the Week and was a part of the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week to open the season. It helped that he made 50 saves during his first game of the year.
He would go on to have three separate win streaks throughout the year. Ross posted two three-game streaks, registering a four-game one as well. He would also grab his first career point in November. A second point for Ross came in January.
The Flyers drafted Ross in the sixth round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. He was coming off a year split with the Camrose Kodiaks of the AJHL and his first appearance with the Thunderbirds. The numbers were solid between both teams. Ross posted a 2.94 GAA and .920 SV% with the Kodiaks. His first season in the WHL, he collected a 2.76 GAA and a .919 SV%.
Ross will be joining a Pats team that is in need of a starting goaltender. Five different players appeared in at least one game for the team this season. Max Paddock and Donovan Buskey split control of the net. The numbers were not promising for either player, though.
Regina finished 18th in the league with a 21-34-6-2 record. They ended up with the first overall pick in the WHL draft. With Ross likely between the pipes next season, they’ll be hoping he can help them turn things around.
And for Ross, this gives him another opportunity to prove he can be a starting goaltender. He’ll have to do so on a team that has missed the playoffs the last two seasons.