This is the DobberProspects Fantasy Hockey Prospect Goalies ranking – the deepest ranking of prospect goalies you’ll ever need for fantasy hockey purposes.
The way this works is that each participating writer provides their personal ranking, and then average ranking is calculated based on those individual rankings. When we did our previous ranking in November, everyone provided a top 30 ranking. But this time, I decided to expand that to top 50. Number 55 is used for those who didn’t crack the top 50 on a list so that ADP (Average Draft Position) can be calculated properly.
All prospects in the consensus top 25 were found from each individual ranking. Expanding from top 30 to top 50 definitely provided more reliable results because last time, only eight prospects were found from all rankings.
Established NHL players like Juuse Saros are excluded from this ranking.
Here are the writers who participated:
Without further ado, let’s get to the ranking. I have added some thoughts after the chart.
Blackwood is a big riser on this list, going from 30 to 12 after an impressive showing at the NHL level. Another riser is Primeau who goes up from 24 to 17. He had a superb showing at the World Juniors, and he’s having his second strong season at NCAA in a row. Even though he cracked the top 20, he might still be underrated.
Speaking of the World Juniors, a couple of Czech goalies are going in opposite directions largely because of it. Dostal moves up 13 spots while Skarek moves down 8 spots. Skarek is still firmly ahead but Dostal is definitely gaining ground. Both will actually play in the Finnish Liiga for the rest of this season after Dostal signed a contract with Tampere Ilves.
The World Juniors also brought a couple of completely new names to this list. Keyser makes his debut at number 53 but Ersson is the one with the highest debut ranking at number 48. Ersson is having a dominant season in the Allsvenskan which is second-tier pro league in Sweden. And he also had a superb tournament for Team Sweden at the World Juniors. Keep an eye on him.
Other new names on the ranking include Korenar who is having a tremendous rookie season in the AHL. He could realistically be the goalie of the future in San Jose. Also debuting on the list is a pair of Blackhawks prospects in Nalimov and Delia. The starting job in Chicago seems to be wide open with no heir apparent to Crawford at the moment which is probably why you’ll see three Blackhawks prospects in the 50 to 60 range.
And finally, to make room for newcomers, some prospects had to drop out of the top 60. Here are those names with their previous ranking in parenthesis: Jeremy Helvig (52), Mason McDonald (53), Kirill Ustimenko (57), Dylan Wells (58), Hunter Miska (59) and Miroslav Svoboda (60).
And that’s all for now, thanks for reading. Feel free to add comments below. Remember to follow me on Twitter @JokkeNevalainen.
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