Top Prospect Netminders for your NHL Dynasty Fantasy Hockey League
Last week I did a top 10 edition of overall prospects for the upcoming 2017-2018 fantasy hockey season and beyond. This week’s edition will feature the top goalie prospects. It is one of the hardest positions to scout because of a goalie’s size, lateral movement, and trying to figure out there weak spots.
10. Thatcher Demko (Vancouver Canucks): With Ryan Miller departing for the Anaheim Ducks in free agency, the Vancouver Canucks will probably have a starting competition. 21-year old Demko isn’t listed on the current Canucks roster, but he should be on it at some point in the 2017-2018 season. They did sign Anders Nilsson to a two-year contract in the offseason, but he was average at best with the Buffalo Sabres last season. Demko is six years younger than the both of them. Demko played for the Utica Comets (AHL) last season. In 45 games, his record was 22-17-1 with a 2.68 GAA and a .908 save percentage, along two shutouts. Jacob Markstrom is locked up for another three seasons, but if Markstrom gets hurt, Demko could steal the starting job from him. Demko could see 10-15 games this season, but playing more games isn’t put of the question.
9. Juuse Saros (Nashville Predators): Juuse Saros is only 22 years old and he is still considered a prospect because he only played in 22 games last season for the Predators. In a couple of years, the Predators hope he will become the full time starter when Pekka Rinne leaves Nashville. Saros’s record last season was 10-8-3 with a 2.35 GAA and a .923 save percentage, along with one shutout. He should see the same amount of games in the 2017-2018 season.
8. Anton Forsberg (Chicago Blackhawks): Forsberg might have the most intriguing prospect profiles out of all the players I will probably mention on this list. He is 24 years old and Forsberg was in part of a trade that sent Brandon Saad back to Chicago. Forsberg was only going to mainly see the minor leagues if he stayed in Columbus. Sergei Bobrovsky and Joonas Korpisalo are the two main guys in net for Columbus. Korpisalo has number one goalie potential for the Blue Jackets one day. Forsberg does too, but he was never going to get the chance. This is a perfect spot for Forsberg to thrive. Corey Crawford is getting older and his game isn’t that strong anymore. Forsberg will be Crawford’s backup. When Crawford is done, Forsberg could become the starter. In 51 games with the Cleveland Monsters (AHL), his record was 27-17-2 with a 2.28 GAA and a .926 save percentage, along with four shutouts. He appeared in one NHL game last season and lost. His GAA for the game was 4.10 and his save percentage was .852. Forsberg could see 20-30 games this season.
7. Zane McIntyre (Boston Bruins): McIntyre is 24 years old and he kind of struggled a little bit at the NHL level last season, but he played well enough at the AHL level to keep himself in consideration to play back at the NHL level this season. In eight games with the Boston Bruins, his record was 0-4-1 with a 3.97 GAA and a .852 save percentage. With the Providence Bruins (AHL), his record was 21-6-1 with a 2.03 GAA and a .930 save percentage, along with two shutouts. In the playoffs for them, his record was 8-7 with a 2.57 GAA and a .908 save percentage. McIntyre could play ten to fifteen games this season with the Bruins.
6. Ilya Sorokin (New York Islanders): Sorokin isn’t going to be a good fantasy option this season as he will stay with his KHL team (CSKA Moscow) for another three seasons. However, it is never too early to think about him for future seasons. He was drafted in the third-round of the 2014 NHL Draft and Islanders fans were hoping he would be ready for the NHL after next season, but that will not be the case. Sorokin will be a very solid goalie for years to come in the NHL. In the regular season, his record was 25-7-6 with a .929 save percentage and a 1.61 GAA, along with five shutouts. In the playoffs, his record was 5-2 with a .916 save percentage and a 2.03 GAA, along with one shutout.
5. Igor Shestyorkin (New York Rangers): Shestyorkin is on track to become Henrik Lundqvist’s replacement in a couple of years. He also has great upside to become a valuable number one goalie at the NHL level. In the regular season, his record was 27-4-6 with a .937 save percentage and a 1.64 GAA, along with eight shutouts. In the playoffs his record was 4-1 with a .940 save percentage and a 1.84 GAA. It seemed like the Rangers had no future in net, but this guy will easily solve the problems after the Lundqvist era.
4. Anthony Stolarz (Philadelphia Flyers): Stolarz has a solid opportunity to appear in 40 games or maybe more in 2017, but that all depends on how head coach Dave Hakstol feels about him after training camp. They got rid of Steve Mason in the offseason, but they signed Brian Elliott who had an average year in the 2016-2017 campaign. The Flyers are going in a youth direction with the team and they should do the same in net. Stolarz is better than Michal Neuvrith is right now. Stolarz played in 29 AHL games last season. His record was 18-9 with a .911 save percentage and a 2.92 GAA, along with one shutout. In seven NHL games, his record was 2-1-1 with a .928 save percentage and a 2.07 GAA, along with one shutout.
3. Tristan Jarry (Pittsburgh Penguins): It’s a surprise that Tristan Jarry will start the 2017-2018 season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL), unless either Matt Murray or Antti Niemi get banged up. I wasn’t expecting the Penguins to sign the veteran Niemi in the offseason. Jarry is 21 years old and he is NHL ready. I believe the Penguins don’t want to rush his development and some think he had more upside than Murray at one point, but since, Murray has led Pittsburgh to back-to-back titles. Jarry is definitely going to be a solid starter in the NHL one day. Whether it is in Pittsburgh remains to be seen. If Murray goes down, I would rather see Jarry as the starter than Niemi. Jarry’s record in the AHL last season was 28-15-1 with a 2.15 GAA and a .925 save percentage, along with three shutouts. He appeared in one NHL game as well last season and lost. His GAA that game was a 3.06 and Jarry’s save percentage was .880. Jarry could play in 10-15 games this season.
2. Tyler Parsons (Calgary Flames): Parsons was ranked #10 in my top 10 prospects list last week. He is a proven winner. His record during the 2016-2017 campaign with the London Knights (OHL) was 23-6-3 with a 2.37 GAA and a .925 save percentage, along with three shutouts. Parsons will be a solid goalie for the Flames in two years from now.
1. Ilya Samsonov (Washington Capitals): Samsonov was ranked #9 in my top 10 prospects list last week. He has the potential to be a solid number one goalie one day, but he won’t be replacing Holtby anytime soon though as the starter. Samsonov’s record in the KHL (Magnitogorsk Mettalurg) was 15-3-5 with a 2.13 GAA and a .936 save percentage, along with two shutouts.