Ramblings: Draft Guide Is Here! Goalies to Watch – One Year Later (Oct 31)

Ian Gooding

2020-10-31

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As I did last season, I wrote the Penalty Minutes Producers (now also including hits) and the Goalies to Watch articles. The latter article isn't a list of the top 10 goalies in fantasy hockey, because many of those names will be obvious. Instead, this article is about goalies that could perform surprisingly better than last season, or prospect goalies that could be ready to step in with an injury to the starter. In other words, I'm hoping these are the savvy picks that could make a difference in your fantasy league, or will at least have someone in your league's draft chat saying "nice pick" or "dammit, I had him as my next pick!"

I'll take this opportunity to reflect on five of my picks from last season's article, one year later. This isn't necessarily me tooting my own horn and showing off my best picks. It's just an honest assessment of what I said and where these goalies stand a year later.

From the top, in alphabetical order:

Mackenzie Blackwood

You received volume out of Blackwood if you drafted him, as he started nearly three times as many games (47) as the Devils' next-busiest goalie (Louis Domingue, 16 GP). Even though the Devils were a defensive tire fire overall (3.25 team GAA), Blackwood's 2.77 GAA was around the middle of the pack and his .915 SV% was slightly above average among 57 goalies that played at least 20 games. With a positive goals-saved above average of 7.29, Blackwood made the Devils a better team when he was between the pipes. He wasn't carrying your fantasy team, but he was at least playable when the Devils weren't competitive.

Blackwood doesn't stand to be quite as busy in 2020-21 with Corey Crawford now in the fold. He can likely be drafted at a bargain-basement price, but he could p