Ramblings: Thompson a Potential Starter, Kurashev Signs, World Junior Situation (Aug 13)

Ian Gooding

2022-08-13

In case you missed it, Robin Lehner is expected to miss the entire 2022-23 season, as he will require hip surgery. His status for the upcoming season was already uncertain. It's worth mentioning that he already underwent shoulder surgery earlier this offseason along with battling a separate leg/knee injury. Lehner is already a Band-Aid Boy Trainee who will probably advance to the full list with this laundry list of ailments.

Laurent Brossoit also underwent surgery this offseason, and his status to start the season is unknown. That means the Golden Knights could start the season with Logan Thompson and Michael Hutchinson as their two main goalies. I mentioned Thompson in my Goalies to Watch article in the Fantasy Guide, so this news about Lehner further cements Thompson as a goalie to add or draft in most fantasy leagues. That is, if the Golden Knights don't try to acquire a goalie from another team. The salary cap has been a self-inflicted problem for Vegas and one that fans of other teams take a certain amount of schadenfreude from. Yet the Knights might have some space to add a decent goalie once Lehner is placed on LTIR.   

Thompson appeared in 19 games in 2021-22, posting 10 quality starts for a 52.6 QS%. That percentage was 25th among 67 goalies who played at least 15 games. That percentage was also exactly the same as former Jets backup and potential Sabres starter Eric Comrie, while showing a similar percentage to Darcy Kuemper, Jonathan Quick, Semyon Varlamov, and Marc-Andre Fleury. In terms of goals-saved above average per 60 minutes (GSAA/60), Thompson was 20th among the same 67 goalies, ahead of the likes of Va