Ramblings: Khudobin Leading Stars Closer To Final, Players Whose Value Increased During the Postseason (Sept 13)

Ian Gooding

2020-09-13

After the first round of the playoffs (and maybe even before), the general consensus was that Colorado and Vegas were on a collision course to meet in the Western Conference Final. Now the Dallas Stars are only one win away from shoving both of those teams to the side and earning a ticket to the Stanley Cup Final.

Dallas 2, Vegas 1 (Dallas leads series 3-1)

With every win, Anton Khudobin's value on the free agent market is increasing. The 34-year-old goalie won't net the same price tag as Jacob Markstrom or Robin Lehner because he's never been "the guy" anywhere up to this point. However, numerous teams will be looking to improve their goaltending situation without breaking the bank. These aren't teams that will have the same level of defensive structure that the Stars have, so his fantasy value won't necessarily increase with more starts somewhere else. Just something to look out for if he decides to move on from Dallas.

As for the present, Khudobin is looking pretty darned good. He stopped 32 of 33 shots to lead the Stars to the win, which was his fourth in five games. Khudobin had to face a 5-on-3 for over a minute late in the third period, where he was able to prevent the Golden Knights from scoring.