In a media release, the Rangers, who picked Parsons in the third-round pick (53rd overall) of the 2020 OHL Priority Selection, confirmed that the net minder has “signed his Ontario Hockey League standard player agreement.”
The team’s general manager, Mike McKenzie, stated, “Jackson is a quick and athletic goalie that had a very good [2019-20] season. He was a guy that was on our radar as one of the top goalies in the draft, and we were extremely excited to draft him and even more excited to see him sign with our team. We would like to welcome Jackson and his family to the Rangers.”
Parsons is 15 years old (he will turn 16 in November) and checks in at 5 ft. 11 in., 185 lb.
Last season, he played three games with the junior ‘B’ Rebels, recording a 2.79 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage. With the U18 Colts, over 23 games, he had a 2.28 GAA and a .929 SVS%.
In the 2017-18 season, he was a member of the ‘AAA’ Eastern Ontario Wild minor bantams (1.96 GAA in 16 games), and during the 2018-19 campaign he was with the CIHA Voyageurs (3.76 GAA over 25 games).
Joe Vrbetic, rookie Ontario Hockey League (OHL) goaltender for the North Bay Battalion, made 41 saves in February 15 action against the Barrie Colts, securing his first-ever shutout in the league, as his team skated to a 4-0 victory and an end to their eight-game slide.
The 17-year-old, who hails from Dunvegan, is currently riding a personal three-game win streak, having followed up by backstopped victories over Mississauga and Ottawa, on February 16 and 20, respectively.
His effort in the shutout win was recognized by the league, with the 6 ft. 6 in, 180 lb. netminder selected to appear in the OHL’s saves of the week. Check out the video highlight package here.
On the season, Vrbetic has a 4.31 goals-against average and a 0.88 save percentage on a team that languishes in the basement of the Eastern Conference (14-38-3-0).
Dunvegan’s Joe Vrbetic cracked the lineup of the Ontario Hockey League’s North Bay Battalion back in August and hasn’t looked back, called upon as the team’s primary goaltender this season, having played 30 of 42 games to date.
The 17-year-old backstop checks in at 6 ft. 6 in., 180 lb, and has a 4.55 goals-against average and 0.874 save percentage, on a team that sits fifth in the Central Division with 10 wins.
He last played on January 18, allowing one goal against, as North Bay skated to a 3-1 victory over the Niagara Ice Dogs. Named the game’s second star, Vrbetic made 28 saves to backstop the win.
The Glengarrian was drafted by the Battalion in 2018, selected in the second round 31st overall. The rookie is backed up by Cameron Lamour who is two years his senior.
Amongst active goaltenders in the OHL this season, Vrbetic ranks 41st in goals-against average and 36th in save percentage. He’s seventh in games played, the only rookie in the top 10. He’s also seventh in minutes (1686) and fifth in shots faced (1015).