Ramblings: Adjusting thinking on goalies, Nylander musings, Beauvillier, Schneider, Jokiharju, Spooner and more (Nov 19)

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2018-11-18

Ramblings: Adjusting thinking on goalies, Nylander musings, Beauvillier, Schneider, Jokiharju and more  (Nov 19)

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The tighter goalie equipment rules are really impacting the game and as a fantasy hockey player I am loving it. However, this is clearly separating the men from the boys when it comes to goaltending talent and it’s not just at the NHL level but it’s permeating down into the AHL. In the long run, this will favor the goaltenders with poise, mental strength, quickness and elite-level reflexes. It hinders the bigger goalies who rely on positioning. And as fantasy owners we also need to adjust our thinking. 0.905 is the new 0.915. Or hell, looking at the AHL, 0.895 is the new 0.915! Only eight AHL goalies with nine or more games played have a SV% above 0.897. EIGHT! So when I look at top prospect goalies down there and I see Ville Husso at 0.879, Cal Petersen at 0.881, and Jon Gillies at 0.856…that’s actually each in the Top 15! Try to wrap your mind around that as you evaluate – I’m still struggling to do that, already catching myself start to write them off when I probably shouldn’t.

Same goes for KHL and European goalies. Can we trust their elite-level play over there if they have to come over here and tighten up the hockey pants, pads and chest protectors?

The top NHL goalies seem to have adapted just fine, with 13 goalies (nine games or more) at 0.921 SV% or higher. But then there are the “have nots” such as Juuse Saros, Marc-Andre Fleury, Braden Holtby, Carey Price James R