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Dylan Wells: Defending the Twine

The Peterborough Petes have a storied history in the OHL and have graduated over 150 players to the NHL in their 60 years of existence. Included in this number are 15 protectors of the blue paint who have made an NHL roster, with the last being Joey MacDonald more than 15 years ago. The Petes now have a promising young goaltender in Dylan Wells who dreams of continuing the trend to the NHL while also winning for the Peterborough Petes.

Wells was selected in the second round and 21st overall in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection. He made the team as 16 year-old and has gotten a third of the starts with Matthew Mancina carrying the workload the last two years. Wells is not fully satisfied with his performance so far, but understands he was learning.

“I think [my play’s] been up and down. As a goaltender it’s really tough coming into the league as a 16 year-old because you’re facing older guys, so that’s a pretty big jump from minor hockey. I don’t have any regrets about anything that’s happened over the two years – it’s all helped me mature on and off the ice,” Wells said.

The St. Catharines native may not be the workhorse for the Petes yet, but his experience outside of the OHL is promoting his development as well.

“I think those tournaments [outside the OHL] help in a player’s development immensely. You are coming together with some of the best in the country in that particular age group,” Wells said. “Getting that experience of trying to gel with a new team in short tournament like those shows you what you need to do to succeed as a team.”

Shortly after being selected by the Petes he and Team OMHA won the OHL Gold Cup. Wells was rock solid in that tournament posting a GAA of 2.34 and a save percentage of .920 against the best his selection class had to offer. Wells was also part of the U18 development camp for Canada – he played three games with a GAA of 1.30 and a .939 save percentage.

Dylan Wells at the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game
Dylan Wells at the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Wells also put in excellent performances at the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and the Canada-Russia Super-Series. This body of work along with his time in the OHL has placed the Petes’ masked man as the tenth ranked North American goalie for the 2016 NHL Draft.

“{Getting drafted] would be a once in a lifetime experience and I’m trying not to focus on it too much, but it would be pretty exciting. I know what I can do as a player and I am excited to show it no matter what happens in June. Even if I don’t get drafted my focus wouldn’t change, in fact it might even push me even farther to prove myself,” said the padded guardian.

For now, Wells is just focused on getting better, so he can play and win more games for the Petes organization and his teammates.

Dylan Wells and Jonathan Ang are getting ready for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Dylan Wells and Jonathan Ang are getting ready for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

“It would mean a lot to me to play more games this year. Obviously, for a goaltender you want to play as many games as possible and be the work horse – I want to win games for the guys. Every summer I am going home and training as hard as I can with the hope to play as many games as possible – I think I’m ready to play more games. However, its up to me in camp to prove that I am ready for that workload and we will see what happens for next season,” said Petes’ Number 30.

Dylan will be back next year for the Maroon and White for a third season and the Petes Hockey Club is eagerly anticipating next season to see how Dylan and his returning teammates build on last season. Do you have a question for Dylan Wells before the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo this summer? Ask him here!

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