Saturday, November 25, 2017

Active Goalies Available in the Waiver Draft

Player Name Team Story
Anton Khudobin BOS The assumed starter in Boston now, as Tuukka Rask has fallen to the wayside.  Khudobin has started a large stretch of games now and there doesn't appear to be any stopping him at the moment.
Anders Nilsson VAN Definitely the number two goalie, but playing well enough to assume the number one at any given time.
Maxime Lagace VGK The goalie carousel in Vegas puts a lot of doubt on Lagace as a long term solution.  He can fall back to number three soon, but when?  He's still winning games.
Keith Kinkaid NJD Kinkaid will get the starts on back-to-backs, the Devils are not worried about him, but Cory Schneider is a horse and will get all the number one minutes.
Darcy Kuemper LOS The backup role in Los Angeles is very much the same as it is in New Jersey above this one.  Kuemper is playing behind Jonathan Quick and the minutes will be few and far between, unless the schedule says otherwise.
Malcolm Subban VGK Subban has recovered from his groin problems from his early starts and he could assume the number one role in Vegas, for the time being, here soon, assuming all goes well in the next couple of days.  At worst, he could still be the number two guy, when Marc-Andre Fleury returns. 
Aaron Dell SAN See New Jersey and Los Angeles... Dell has been playing well in his few appearances, but there is no indication that he is going to be taking any jobs here any time soon.  Just a solid backup option, who could excel, if the unforeseeable happens. 
Michal Neuvirth PHI Definitely not the same guy we've seen in seasons past, but his time has been limited by Brian Elliott.  He hasn't made the best of his starts, so far, but should get more down the road.
Scott Wedgewood ARI Picked up from the Devils earlier this season, Wedgewood has been quietly been moving into a steadier role with the Coyotes, as he has been one of the few goalies that could actually register a win.  
Alex Stalock MIN Devan Dubnyk is still going to rule the Minnesota net, so Stalock has to remain patient for his chances.  2 wins in six appearances through eight weeks... you do the math.
Curtis McElhinney TOR Has only appeared in three games in the first eight weeks of the season, but has 2 wins and 4 points, so the points per appearance ratio is where you'd want it to be, but there are just no minutes behind Frederik Andersen.
Anton Forsberg CHI The number two guy in Chicago doesn't exactly have a ton of minutes to his name either, nor a lot of wins, 1 to be exact.  The depth in Chicago has been questionable this year, in all positions, so Forsberg remains a long shot candidate, barring injury.
Ondrej Pavelec NYR The Rangers are running with the King, as much as they possibly can, while Pavelec waits his turn.  At least in New York, he remains ready on the bench as the number two, a slight improvement from last season in Winnipeg, but he's not very viable for the hockey pool.
Tristan Jarry PIT The Penguins thought they had a decent backup in Antti Niemi to start the year, but that didn't work out very well.  Now Jarry has the job and he just needs to have the schedule work in his favour, which could start tonight and he could be a decent option for a pick next week.
David Rittich CAL The Flames have a new backup this week, as they have sent down Eddie Lack and called up Rittich from the AHL.  He could be making his NHL debut tonight, which will have to get some of the Flames fans in the pool excited.  That excitement could give him a chance in the pool.

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