Fantasy Hockey Goalkeeper Preview

This cannot be stressed enough: In just about any fantasy league where goalscoring statistics carry due weight, the position should not be negotiated too swiftly. For example, ESPN’s standard game—one that features prize wins, saves, stops, and allows goals—respects quality netminding like never before. To fall back on my tried-and-tested illustration, a goalie who blocks 28 out of 30 shots in a 4-2 win earns you a valuable run of 5.6 fantasy points as manager. Conversely, scoring five goals on 31 shots in a 5-4 loss creates an imaginary net of -4.8 points. A hanging hammock, no?

So in general, ESPN’s ideal fantasy goalkeeper plays/wins most of the game, while allowing for a few goals on a good number of shots. The awkward shutout is a much appreciated bonus. If you draft those top-level characters to begin with and/or make appropriate adjustments throughout the season, you should be in contention by the end of the campaign. Icing a lineup sporting weakness between the pipes, though otherwise strong, almost guarantees a failed run.

strategy

This year, as always, I’m choosing my No. 1 fantasy netminder in the standard ESPN league. Depending on how the draft initially unfolds, it may be in Tampa Bay. Andrei Vasilevsky or New York Igor ShesterkinIf either isn’t talked about in the first round, (otherwise, see the figure below), getting my number 2 sometime later.

In addition to my couple of goalie punches, I’m prepared to pad my netminding outfit with an underrated mid-tier asset and/or high-ceiling slipper, perhaps a strong member of a recognized tandem. These candidates (I mean, preferably not, but…) can fall flat without destroying an imaginary squad, knowing that a handful of under-the-radar candidates usually serve as valuable plug-in items mid-season. emerge in. But getting my G1 and G2 off early in the draft is a priority.

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top tier goalkeepers i love

Jacob MarkstromCalgary Flames (No. 4 goaltender)

Only Shesterkin earned more fantasy points during 2021–22 in ESPN’s standard game, and he ended up skating with Vezina. Remember, the league’s shutout leader in Calgary was also in an official, if quiet, contention between the pipes to be named best. GM Brad Trelliving for all the drama and shuffle talks over the summer, including getting a two-way center nazem qadriassist machine Jonathan Huberdoand defense personnel Mackenzie VegaThe Flames appear to be in as good shape as Markstrom just broke down the best season of his career so far.

hair in mustardNashville Predators (No. 5 goaltender)

No one started the competition more in 2021-22 than Predators No. 1, who finished fourth in total fantasy points with 207.8. Not too shabby, considering that Pekka Rinne’s alumnus had his first run in more than 40 regular-season games. It’s obviously pretty durable. If it wasn’t for that budding buck in the Big Apple, Saros would have won the vagina too. Plus, Nashville’s blue line is now even better — fancier — with pre-lighting Ryan McDonagh riding.

See all: Frederick AndersonCarolina Hurricanes (number 11 overall)

mid tier goalkeeper to target

Marc-Andre FleuryMinnesota Wild (No. 25 goaltender)

I’m a little confused by this ranking, given that the two-year-removed Vagina winner stands as the undisputed No. 1 for a better-than-enough Wild team, for whom he’s played in the last 11 regular-season games. Only two had lost. spring. Especially when he gave a not-so-good Blackhawks squad a fighting chance, ahead of a pre-deadline deal to send the Blackhawks squad to Minnesota. General Manager Bill Guerin & Company may not have signed Fleury for a two-year extension, And sent a very capable cam talbot As for Ottawa, without believing 37-year-old Clydesdale can make his way through this routine campaign and beyond. So why should we feel so skeptical? The multi-ring Stanley Cup champ is easily a top-15 fantasy netminder in my books.

Cam Talbot, Ottawa Senator (No. 19 goaltender)

On the subject of Minnesota’s fresh goalscoring blueprint, after Fleury offered it’s final rose of the summer, Wild quickly turned heel-twisted on its pledge No Make Talbot a deal solely to trade with the Senators. Don’t know about you, but I’d feel extra motivated to stick it with my ex in situations like this, anger/disdain and all that vengeful jazz. Experiencing a career of peaks and valleys (Edmonton/Philadelphia didn’t have a good 2018-19) since making his Rangers debut nine years ago, the 35-year-old has been pretty dependable over the past three campaigns, averaging .914 SV% and 2.69 GAA split between Calgary and Minnie. The 63-30-10 veteran’s winning record over that stretch is impressive in itself. Knowing Enthusiastic Senators Are Overall More Competitive With Choices alex debrincat And Claude Giroux On board, I look forward to having Talbot as the No. 2 fantasy netminder in the deep leagues.

See all: Elvis MerzlikinsColumbus Blue Jackets (No. 20 goaltender)


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key sleeper

Alexander GeorgievColorado Avalanche (No. 26 goaltender)

If Georgiev can’t solidify it with the cream of the crop of the Western Conference, like darcy kumper And Philippe Grubauer Prior to that, he is on the former Rangers’ Netminder. Scoring a goal for the current Stanley Cup champs is a dream. After dabbling part-time through five seasons at New York, and showing glimpses of elite sport in the past, it’s now up to the 26-year-old starter to elbow his way to the crease pavel french Consistently as Colorado’s top choice. When the green flag is hoisted, the baton is to accompany him. 2 in the deep league, I consider Georgiev as the No. 3 fantasy netminder in shallow competition.


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Logan ThompsonVegas Golden Knights (No. 31 goaltender)

If anyone gets a chance to run with a job starting Vegas, now Robin Lehner With the season out, I most likely love Thompson’s completion of that assignment. The rookie performed admirably when Lehner and the two injured were called into relief. Laurent Brossoit In 2021-22, posting a 10-5-3 record, 2.68 GAA and .914 SV%. It’s worth noting that the 25-year-old’s numbers were much better than Brossoit’s, who had off-season surgery. (Filling the third depth slot via trade, edin hill Premature insurance seems to work as a policy if it all spirals.) Also there is new coach Bruce Cassidy’s vigorous commitment to reinvigorate Vegas into defensive juggernaut, a club that’s on the blue-line. Is more than wealthy enough in talent. If the biggest knock on Thompson, fantasy and otherwise, is his lack of experience, remember, we all have to start somewhere.

Late Picks to Consider

carter hartPhiladelphia Flyers (No. 39 goaltender)

The 24-year-old is a fine, young goaltender who doesn’t play for a very good team. But likely, barring a few major injuries, the Flyers outperformed our time, significantly lower expectations. probably pre storm Tony DiAngelo Helps save the team’s league-worst power play (12.6%), which could translate into a few more wins. Perhaps new coach John Tortorella discovered the magic formula for making Philadelphia good again. we will see. The fact that Hart still ended up in fantasy black (No A season-long liability) with a team that has won all 25 games suggests it is worth a roll of the dice in a later round, when/where there is little to lose.

See all: Alex NedeljkovicDetroit Red Wings (No. 44 goaltender); jake allenMontreal Canadiens (No. 52 goaltender)

Avoid Drafts at Present Value

Jordan BinningtonSt. Louis Blues (No. 12 goaltender)

Blues’ debut Netminder last October was undeniably solid. He then won a sequence of games in April, ahead of a decidedly striking, if short, six-contest postseason run. But the more substantial sandwich filling of 2021-22 was far less impressive. Binnington hasn’t been better than mediocre in the previous campaign either, since helping the Blues lift the cup in 2019. I can not believe that. In fact, it might be worth looking instead at how Thomas Grease – on a one-year deal – manages to serve as St. Louis’ new backup after a particularly challenging season in Detroit.

See all: john gibsonAnaheim Ducks (No. 14 goaltender), Matt MurrayToronto Maple Leafs (No. 16 goaltender)

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