Cameron Talbot, G
Hometown: Caledonia, Ontario
Undrafted – Signed by New York Rangers
May 2014 – In his first NHL season, Cameron Talbot solidified his spot as the backup goaltender in New York. He displayed extreme confidence in the net all season long and makes the big saves to keep his team in the game. Talbot finishes his first regular season with 19 starts, 21 appearances, a record of 12-6-1, a .941 save percentage and a 1.64 GAA. This numbers are pretty good for a backup goaltender, especially for a rookie. His good performance helped the Rangers to get into the postseason and King Henrik was able to rest before the playoffs. He has one year left on his contract, then will be an UFA. The Rangers need to extend his contract in near future, if they don’t want risk him lose to Free Agency. If Lundqvist ever got banged up, in Talbot the Rangers finally have another goalie that they could turn to. Jozsef Kurtosi
December 2013 – With the unexpected dismissal and retirement, the Rangers were forced to give Talbot the shot at backup duties. He earned the shot posting a .924 save percentage rating in five AHL games while only losing a single game in a shootout. Since his recall he has posted an extremely solid 1.60 GAA and .938 SV% while only losing a pair of contests. With Hendrik Lundqvist not playing to his normal level, the Rangers have shown no hesitation to turn to the large backup regularly. His spot on the Rangers is extremely safe as they have no prospects in this galaxy on the NHL radar, but he also will not unseat Lundqvist for 8.5 million reasons. In front of Talbot is a rather good defensive core and management will always be willing to maintain it, so he should always post respectable numbers and could be utilized by fantasy teams in deep leagues, even if his starts become few and far between. Jason Banks
March 2013 – Largely unknown, Talbot is closing in on seeing the primetime on Broadway. The past three seasons he has worked his way through the AHL system after a breakout season in the NCAA while playing for the well regarded University of Alabama hockey program. In a system very depleted of quality goalie prospects, Talbot has a strangle hold of the third string job. He is not overly flashy, or lights out, but gets the job done and gives his team a chance to win most nights. Like most prospects, his consistency needs work as he is known to have terrible games. The Rangers have recently made a commitment to him for the next two years, likely playing next season again in the AHL before his contract turns one-way for the start of the 2014-2015 campaign. It is unadvised to draft or hold him at the moment unless you see an injury to Hendrik Lundqvist, at which time he may see sporadic starts. Jason Banks
Fantasy Outlook: C+
Talbot is likely to post quality GAA/SV% while he backs up Lundqvist, but it unlikely to be more than a backup unless injury strikes King Henrik.
Denies one of the best shooters in the game, Datsyuk
Talbot discussing his return to the net in the fall this season from a broken foot, he handles the interview well and shows honesty in assessing his feelings and play.
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