Goalie Post Ramblings: Nov 26th 2014

Nov 26th 2014, 1:32pm EST

Hello all, Jason Banks here, Dobber and co. have called me up to help watch over the world of netminding for fantasy poolies. I will be rambling Wednesdays on all the things I see and am watching, looking at situations currently evolving that affects fantasy play, looking forward and interesting news and notes elsewhere.

Let\'s start with one of the most discussed team situations going into the season, Winnipeg. Michael Hutchinson slid into the crease again last night and posted his fourth win in five starts. As good he has carried himself I don't drink Hutch's whiskey. I watch him and see too many flaws in play, he gets the job done, but when it collapses, it will be over quickly. He has played every season since junior fighting for positioning, this season he is still on a 2-way contract this season, next year he will be in a secure position with one way pact mind you it will be a contract year. Pavelec has done nothing to lose the crease and has quieted many critics, but his contract is very trade-able and Jets have good depth in their future.

Speaking on the depth, Connor Hellebuyck just took home AHL player of the week honors, he is currently on a steak where he has won five of six games and the loss was in extra time. He is also sporting a 0.82 GAA and .978 in this time. Take note, he has a 6-4 fame, solid style and a lights out history in the NCAA. Eric Comrie is also playing strongly and finally lost after winning six in a row. He should be pro next year.

Brian Elliott left last night\'s game in the second with a shutout going, Jake Allen took over and lost in overtime. I've yet to know the severity of the lower-body problem, but no matter the situation, it can be considered positive for most sides. Jake Allen gets to take the ball and run with it and we see what he has. I would argue Allen has been the better goaltender anyway, Elliott has just slowed the takeover. Currently Jordan Binnington would be recalled, he has played well in AHL action, but likely would just be there sitting. The Blues have \'reserve list\' space for 6 contracts, so it wouldn\'t be surprising if they sign journeyman, Matt Climie to come up and sit rather than Binnington. Climie has been fine in the \'A\' and would be secured depth.

Robin Lehner won in another good outing. At some point they need to let him go on run and see if he can make Craig Anderson expendable, at 23 he is showing strong signs that he is nearing the end of his development and being a reliable high-end option.

Martin Jones and Pekka Rinne combine to only allow the game-winning goal in the 6th round of the shootout after a 3-3 regulation battle. Despite the loss, Jones steps in and gives LA another chance to win, that's all you can ask for from a backup. Jones is securing his role as backup and could be one of the better ones in the game for the next several seasons not only because of the team, but his style and mental game, at some point down the road he will be given a starting opportunity and he is unlikely to fail at it.

Edmonton loses again, but Fasth was reasonable (other than the John Klingberg goal from center!). The Oil spill in net is for another week when I need a discussion point, currently it is overly covered for good reason and we all know it needs patched and cleaned up. I will say Laurent Brossoit is gaining some steam after a shutout and his former goalie coach brought in to the organization, he is still two years away.

Lehtonen wins. I love this guy in Dallas, unfortunately the team is still finding itself, Kari himself is a top-tier NHL goalie, this team will catch up to him soon. On the other side after an extremely strong camp, backup Lindback has been poor. Justin Goldman had him pegged for a bounce back and I didn\'t feel his play was as terrible as his numbers. He isn't helping our opinions but that also means little as he is a 'scrap heap' goalie now who most people want to see recover, but hope is fleeting.

Reto Berra allowed three goals on eight shoots in 11 minutes before Calvin Pickard was called upon and won while blanking Arizona. I don't feel strongly in favor of Pickard, but Berra is opening a door. When Varlamov is healthy, the backup in Colorado is an un-notable role. It's much more insulting to lose such a lowly role than a credit to winning it.

Mike Smith lost in overtime and I bet walking off the ice he was thinking 'this isn't going to help me help me see 60 starts again this season.\' He is currently just on the pace of 60 starts, but with Dubnyk 5-0-1 and Smith losing 6 in a row, Devan's leash will get longer as the team is not as bad as Smith's record, he just is not getting the job done, yet.

Ryan Miller shutout on 20 shots... Ho-hum… He is aging, but can get the job done.

Cam Ward is actually playing rather decent on a struggling team. Khudobin hasn't been as bad as his winless in six either. I have never been a strong Ward supporter but I also don't feel he has been as terrible as people have been tearing him down. I feel he is a good 'buy-low' candidate with a good sell job. He will not see $6 million in his next contract, but to see north of $3 he will need to continue and ramp up strong play the next year and half which I feel he could do if his lower body issues are past him.

As far a moody goalies go, Roberto Luongo is likely the current king. When Roberto doesn't care and is playing on twitter he plays like a frustrating average goalie capable of so much more, but when he finds his 'Zen', which for the most part is on the beach and in a restaurant in Florida, he is extremely infuriating to play against. He record is nothing of note, but his .926 SV% while seeing 32 shots per game is! He is hitting the level we haven't seen in 6 years in a similar situation before the Canucks hit another gear.

After 25-30 games into the season, teams are starting to really asses their goalie situations going forward this season, by Christmas split roles should start seeing a few take overs in the run through dead of winter. A pair of strong teams are showing an abundance of net minding that could be moved to fill holes and add needed depth in other areas.

Pittsburgh is having Fleury hit a level we have yet to see from him behind a rather inexperienced blue line. Behind him, Thomas Griess has been strong, but is also deserving of a shot at starter, with some teams struggling in net, he could jump into a lucrative role he has worked long and hard on. The Pens don\'t need to pull back another goalie as Jeff Zatkoff is still around and playing decent providing veteran leadership for Matt Murray to learn off. Murray himself is showing strength in the AHL and pushing for games as a rookie. We also know Tristan Jarry is hanging out in Junior. No doubt this is currently the strongest crease organization front to back at the moment.

In a similar log jam with a much lesser #1, Chicago is finding itself in another cross roads. Corey Crawford has been himself, decent in a situation that makes him look better than his talent level. I feel he is rather expendable and overpaid for his talent (his history does deserve the contract). Chicago is not as dominate as it has been in the middle of the ice, and the play of Scott Darling and Antti Raanta is not much below that of Crawford, but it does lack experience. This team will win no matter who is in the crease, might as well try and sell high on an average chip. This isn't to say they should go with the inexperienced pros as the tandem, instead Mike Leighton could be used as the backup option for the Hawks while Darling and Raanta eat most games at their respective levels. At some point Chi-town needs to find a goalie to carry this team to reach their highest level again, until then it's still a very good team in a very good conference with average goaltending.

Anyone watching Magnus Hellberg? He just lost his first game of the season, in a shootout. He is yet to allow three goals in a game and has only allowed a pair once. His numbers are not sustainable, but 0.96 GAA and .961 SV% is impressive in seven games.

Coming from off the radar is Pheonix Copley. Give Washington scouting credit, they find odd players in odd places and give guys that don\'t seem deserving of opportunities a chance. Copley has been an un-notable goalie in the NCAA and USHL, but Washington signed him last March and he looks to be pushing the envelope. As a rookie he is pushing Philippe Grubauer in Hershey due to an injury to Eddie Pasquale. We will be watching his progression.

Finally, let's give a shout out to Shannon Szabados who won in the SPHL last Friday. For those that don't know, that is fourth tier pro in North America. She is on a full year contract (that is unsecured) and I'd consider her the third best female goalie on the continent. Guys, the women are coming. Some of the women goalies are closing on talent to ECHLers and AHLers without the same physical build. Europe has a couple playing on affiliates of elite league teams. Me and Justin spent a few minutes discussing a few of the names in the future to watch and transitions of the position when I brought it up over the weekend.

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Nov 16th 2014, 11:37am EST
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Throwback Thursday
We start off with the Varlamov and the Avs beating Lundqvist and the Rangers. I am kind of surprised with this as I thought the Rangers were turning it around and Lundqvist had his A game going but Varlamov was great in this one and pretty much stole the two points for the Avs.
Nov 14th 2014, 9:22am EST
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Nov 12th 2014, 9:19am EST
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By Jake Schenkman Rask and the Bruins scored two late goals on Schneider in the second period to win this one. Schneider admittedly wasn't happy with his performance and there's a chance we see Kinkaid start tonight.
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Berra, Bobrovsky, and Braden
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On Steve Mason and Mike Smith
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Oct 10th 2014, 11:32pm EDT