Aaron Dell

Zachary DeVine

2017-12-25

Aaron Dell 2

Aaron Dell, G

Catches: L

Height: 6-0

Weight: 205

Born: 1989-05-04

Hometown: Airdrie, AB

Drafted: Undrafted – Signed as Free Agent by San Jose Sharks

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

December 2017 – Aaron Dell is forcing his way into some trade talks with his stellar play over the past season and half. Since Dell came into the NHL at the start of the 2016-17 season, no goalie with five or more games played has a better save percentage (.932) or goals-against average (1.98) than Dell. Speaking with a scout from back east, the only possible drawback when discussing Dell is his size at 6-feet tall, but the numbers keep stacking up and despite the lack of ideal size, teams are starting to notice. There are at least three clubs that could use upgrades in goal so it will be interesting to see if Dell will get a chance at a starting gig if he can continues keep these league-leading stats up for the rest of the year. Zachary DeVine

 

March 2017 – Aaron Dell leads the NHL in save percentage (.938) and goals-against average (1.82) among NHL goaltenders with 300+ minutes played. Dell is getting some talk as a potential target for the Vegas Golden Knights, but either way, the 'World's Okayest Goalie' has shown himself to be a more than capable NHL back-up and talent to stick in the league. Dell is signed through next year and with increased confidence from the coaching staff heading down the stretch, is a backup goalie worthy of stash on your bench this summer to see how the rest of the goalie musical chairs play out. Zachary DeVine

 

January 2017 – Dell needs more starts in the final 40 games for the San Jose Sharks. The World's Okayest Goalie having only seven starts so far through the first half of the NHL season is, let's just say it’s less than ideal for a team that gave up a second-round pick for a rental backup last season. Contrary to reports, there is no reason for the Sharks to look for a “seasoned” backup netminder. Statistically, Dell is the owner of a better save percentage (.929) and better goals-against average (1.97) than Martin Jones, and posted his first shutout in the NHL against the Flyers on Dec. 30. More starts for Dell should occur in the second half of the season, ideally around a dozen to keep Jones fresh for the playoffs and Dell sharp in case he’s called upon for additional game minutes. Zachary DeVine

 

December 2016 – Dell continues to ride the bench an almost inexplicable low number of starts. The San Jose Sharks are rapidly approaching the half-way mark of the season and Dell is on pace for ten starts on the year. He's been solid when called upon with a 2.16 goals-against average and .926 save percentage, both of which are better than starter Martin Jones. These stats should not be construed to suggest that Dell is a superior netminder, but only that he's done all he can and should have to earn regular back