50 Goalie Prospects to Ponder (Part I)

Justin Goldman

2009-06-15

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A few weeks ago I was asked to list my Top-10 Keeper League Goalie Prospects in the DobberForums. Since then, I’ve taken some more time to expand the list to include 50 total prospects. In this two-part series, we’ll take an in-depth look at the Top-30 prospects for fantasy keeper leagues, along with ten goalies I consider “off the grid” and ten more you shouldn’t touch with…well…how about a ten-foot pole?
 

 

 

Because most of the “legitimate” goalie prospects are still so young (anywhere from 16 to 24 years old), realize they are in the very early stages of their professional-level development. This makes the process of ranking them by fantasy value a much tougher project than it seems. Had this been a one-year prospects list simply by talent or ability, the process would have been much easier…but where’s the fun in that?!

What I’ve learned about compiling a keeper-league prospect list is that video is vital. Any time I can actually see a goalie that nobody has ever heard of, whether through Youtube or another goalie site, it’s pure gold. Fortunately, I’ve kept a close eye on McKeen’s and of course Dobber’s websites to aid in my search. So along with my understanding of how a goaltender must develop efficiently from the ages of 16 to 24, this should be a pretty solid resource for Dobber’s faithful followers.  

The Revised Top-10 List

I already listed more than 10 in my original post, but since then some changes have already been made. Here’s the revised Top-10 without their scouting report, since that was already included.

1. TUUKKA RASK
2. JONATHAN BERNIER
*3. MICHAL NEUVIRTH
4. JHONAS ENROTH
5. CORY SCHNEIDER
6. JACOB MARKSTROM
*7. CHET PICKARD
*8. JONAS GUSTAVSSON
9. RICHARD BACHMAN
10. JOHN CURRY

The more I watch and read about Michal Neuvirth, the more he continues to climb. Evidence for his keeper-league appeal can be seen in the fact that Jose Theodore is inconsistent and Simeon Varlamov is almost a band-aid boy. Neuvirth has had his share of injuries as well, but the poise and confidence he displayed in the AHL Finals was remarkable. Mark one down for smaller goalies, as he totally out-played Cory Schneider over the course of the series.

The same appeal is noticeable in Gustavsson as well. It’s not so much what The Monster accomplished in Sweden or what his statistics prove, but how he’s holding himself in such high esteem. The kid seems to have a lot of confidence that is probably considered by many to be borderline “cocky” for someone who has never played a