Prospect Ramblings: Prospect Goalie Chances – North Division

Pat Quinn

2021-03-18

 

 

Welcome to the Thursday Ramblings where I will continue my series of looking at NHL teams’ goalie prospects, if there is room for them in the near future, and how long they could take to be on the roster. With last week being the West division (check it out) this week I decided to go up North to the North division. AS I said last week:

“Goalies can take a long time to get to the NHL and sometimes us Fantasy GMs forget that as they are the shiny new toy that we falsely proclaim “will be the starter if they give him a shot next season.” I always remind myself to look at goalie prospects differently. There are only so many NHL spots, and one year a goalie can be unstoppable and the next year he is on waivers because he is so bad. Goalies need to be looked in a way where you look at the team, see who is starting what their contract(s) are like, and how likely the prospect will get to actually start.” –

 

Here is my #GoodTweet of the week:

Note: I am sorry if you have bet on Tampa to win and they lose, it is likely my fault

 

 

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Calgary

The six-year $36 million contract for Jacob Markstrom and Calgary locked up its starter for at least five years. There is really no one he needs to worry about in the system for the short-term anyway. There are a few interesting pieces though:

  • Tyler Parsons – Really needed a good season after a bad two years between 2017 and 2019 in the AHL (and some of that in the ECHL), and he got that playing well in 22 ECHL games in 2019-2020 until the pandemic hit. Now he is on the outside looking in on the Stockton Heat as there is no ECHL, but he may eventually get in to some games later on. Hopefully he does as he has not played a game in about a year
  • Dustin Wolf – Calgary’s goalie of the future was beat up in his first AHL game posting just a 0.545 save percentage, but he rebounded in the next two games with 0.947sv% and 0.963sv%. Unfortunately for him he had to be one of those players that has to go back to the WHL because of a silly agreement. He is also only 19, so there is plenty of time for him to develop as he should be next in line (five years down the line)
  • Artyom Zagidulin – At 25 he should be the next in line once Rittich’s contract is up. He too had a poor first game with a 0.872sv% and followed that up with games of 0.935% and 0.923sv%. He will look to improve upon the previous year but he should be the back-up to Markstrom next season, but there is a dark horse
  • Garrett Sparks – He is on an AHL contract but also has a 0.923sv% in six games for a good Stockton team. If Sparks can keep up the good play he may just get a back-up NHL job somewhere, which I hope he gets

 

Edmonton

With the addition of Alex Stalock, and not buying out Mikko Koskinen this off season the Oilers will need to look for a goalie in 2022-2023. Let us assume the Oilers do not re-sign