Geek of the Week: Two Bolts and a Goalie

Scott Royce

2022-12-04

Another Sunday has dawned which means it's the end of another action-packed fantasy hockey week! Earlier in the week we were all treated to the highest scoring game of the year so far when the Kraken needed nine goals to beat the Kings by a final score of 9-8 in overtime. Even if you didn't have players in that matchup, boy was it a fun watch. Apparently this was the straw that broke the camel's back for Kings' goalie Cal Petersen who was sent to the AHL following the goal-scoring bonanza. I thought for sure someone might take a chance on him when he had to clear waivers, but sure enough he cleared and now finds himself playing for the Ontario Reign. Looking onwards though, it's time to find some players who could make an impact for you in the near future. Let's see what's out there!

Spencer Martin

I don't often foray into goalie discussion in this column very often, but Martin has a prime opportunity right now to make a decent fantasy impact. This opportunity came about after Vancouver's top goalie Thatcher Demko went down with a scary looking injury during the first period in a game Thursday versus the Florida Panthers. From the sounds of it, Demko will be out for at least six weeks, so Martin will be handed the reins of the crease for the time being, while Collin Delia will serve as his backup.

While admittedly, the Canucks are a bit of a dumpster fire this season, I still don't think they are quite as bad as their record would indicate. I feel like Martin will treat this as an audition of sorts, as he should. This will be his chance to shine and show he has what it takes to stick around in the NHL. Martin is 27, going on 28 in the spring. While that isn't too old for goalies and their development, Martin definitely needs to put together a string of strong starts to legitimize himself. He hasn't had an opportunity like this up to this point in his career, so the next few weeks could be telling.

In 11 contests this season, Martin has posted a 7-2-1 record with a 3.08 goals-against average and a save percentage of .901. By all accounts he's been fine, but the team in front of him could be a bigger cause for concern. This has been a disastrous season for the Canucks up to this point. After doubling down and re-signing some of their core players this offseason, it's been a comedy of errors and misplay up to this point of the season. With Brock Boeser's long-term status with the club becoming unclear as of late, it's hard to see the Canucks turning the season around at this point.

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