The Journey: Rookie Goaltenders to Watch for 2021-2022

Hadi Kalakeche


Welcome back to The Journey, where we follow hockey prospects and their paths to the NHL, providing fantasy predictions and analysis along the way.

This week, I wanted to take an early look at the most likely standout rookie netminders of the 2021-2022 NHL season. The following names have already proven their immediate value to their respective NHL teams, and are included based on their likelihood to see some playing time this upcoming year. If you own a dynasty league and want immediate results between the pipes, keep a close eye on the prospects listed below.

Each goalie shows a Top 50 Fantasy Prospect Goaltenders ranking for the fall of 2020 followed by the most recent rankings for the summer of 2021.

Jeremy Swayman – Boston Bruins (Fall 2020: 16, Summer 2021: 1)

Swayman's emergence as the league's top netminder on Dobber's Top 50 Fantasy Prospect Goaltenders list comes after a truly impressive season with the Boston Bruins, earning 10 starts and blowing all predictions out of the water with a 1.50 goals-against average and a .945 save percentage. He took over after Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak missed some weeks of action and looked like a seasoned NHL veteran.

His immediate value has skyrocketed now that Halak has signed with the Vancouver Canucks and Rask as well is in need of hip surgery and remains without a contract for 2021-2022. He suddenly finds himself in a fight for the starting role with