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Today’s rant is about elite prospect goaltenders and how they suddenly give a large portion of the fantasy hockey community a thick pair of blinders. This isn’t a new trend, and the experienced poolies can take them off. But by and large, this is a thing. It’s a serious thing, and I’m going to address it.
John Gibson. Andrei Vasilevskiy. Jake Allen. Those three are the obvious current examples. Past (but still modern-day) examples include Cory Schneider, Jonathan Bernier and Michal Neuvirth. Just because a stud prospect is champing at the bit, does not mean the starter is in trouble. That doesn’t mean that a trade can’t or won’t happen that would solve the problem. But it doesn’t mean that the proven starter is going to lose his job.
Let’s look at two past situations:
Jonathan Bernier vs. Jonathan Quick – Bernier had Golden Boy status and Quick did not. However, Quick was riding some huge numbers. He was winning hockey games. There are organizations out there that don’t even have a starting goalie. They’re not easy to get. So when you have one who is proving himself, you don’t mess with it. Quick was winning, so Bernier rotted on the bench for several years until he was traded. This also happened in the case of Roberto Luongo vs. Cory Schneider.
Carey Price vs. Jaroslav Halak – In this case, neither goaltender had the proven track record, but both goalies were playing fairly well. Halak was playing slightly better, but Price was the Golden Boy. In this case, Halak was traded rather quickly.
Now let’s tackle the three new cases:
Andrei Vasilevskiy vs. Ben Bishop – This is the easiest of the three. Vasilevskiy is an elite prospect and future NHL star. Guess what? Doesn’t matter. I mean, seriously, what are you hoping for? What is his team hoping for? That he could be…oh I don’t know… a three-time 37-win goalie before he turns 30? Man, it sure would be nice to have that. Wait a minute, wait a minute – they already do. Sorry Vasilevskiy owners, if you think that just because he “might” become God’s gift to goaltending does not mean that he supplants a stud. Bishop is 107-46-16 over the last three years and this season is his best one yet. Vasilevskiy’s Comparable Situation: