Michael McNiven


Birthdate: 1997-07-09
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Shoots: Left
Height: 6′-1″
Weight: 205 lbs
Undrafted Signed as a free agent by Montreal on September 24, 2015
Waivers Eligibility: 2021-22 or 80 NHL GP


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2013-14Georgetown RaidersOJHL352.60.916211005132.70.9088500
2014-15Owen Sound AttackOHL242.79.91415802
2015-16Owen Sound AttackOHL532.94.902211810363.67.8752401
2016-17Owen Sound AttackOHL542.30.91541926172.78.90810702
2017-18Brampton BeastECHL44.19.8680210
2017-18Laval RocketAHL253.50.88461610
2018-19Laval RocketAHL302.52.902111532
2018-19Brampton BeastECHL11.94.9351000
2019-20Adirondack ThunderECHL41.75.9413102
2019-20Jacksonville IcemenECHL102.79.9154511
2019-20Laval RocketAHL32.33.9193000
2019-20Norfolk AdmiralsECHL84.16.8892510
2020-21Laval RocketAHL


McNiven is an athletic goalie with great quick lateral movements. He’s aggressive, plays on top of the crease to cut down the angles and is positionally sound. His rebound control is very solid as he tends to kick out rebounds away from danger or swallow up the loose puck. He could work on his stickhandling and decision making. He tends to overplay which sometimes leads to a great athletic save or being totally out of position. He improved on his vision and reading of plays anticipating the correct position. – JD

Movement – 55

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Positioning – 45

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Puck Handling – 40

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.

Rebound Control – 50

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Vision – 50

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.


“McNiven has the prototypical size of an NHL goaltender and uses his size to advantage. He moves well in the crease — making powerful but controlled movements. He has an active glove and plays an aggressive game when the puck is in close to the net.” – (Hockey’s Future)

“McNiven is a quick, athletic goaltender who plays very high in the crease. He has an exceptional glove hand and excellent rebound control. McNiven moves across the crease very quickly, with a powerful lateral push, but has some control issues while sliding. Tends to slide out of position and leave open net exposed on the side he came from. He is a positionally sound keeper and plays his angles well on first shot chances. McNiven has some difficulty playing the puck, panicking under pressure and turning it over by knocking it around the wall. McNiven fights through traffic in his crease to see the puck and always seems to have eyes on the puck, tracking it well even when play is at the opposite end. He actually looks pretty wide in the crease.” – Aaron Vickers (Future Considerations)