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Fantasy Summary

Shepard is a technically sound goaltender and has been tremendous over his NCAA career never having a full season save percentage under 0.918


Observations

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September 2022 – Shepard was the Stingrays’ starter for the 2021-22 season posting a 0.917 save percentage over 23 games. He was required to play in the AHL for eight games (technically nine but I am not going to count 17 minutes in relief with zero shots against) spread out between November to March. With those eight games he had a sv% lower than 0.900 three times and a sv% over 0.950 five times, with one shut out. He will fight for starts in the AHL with Fucale for 2022-23 but do not expect him to be the first call up unless he is lighting up the AHL. Pat Quinn

 

January 2022 – Shepard is biding his time bouncing between the Bears in the AHL and the Stingrays in the ECHL. He has performed quite well in both leagues with a 0.903 sv% in nine ECHL games and a 0.923 sv% in four AHL games. The problem for Shepard is that the Capitals have a lot of goalies and Shepard is fifth on the list thanks to contracts. Shepard will be a full time AHL goalie next season and hopefully he can get a call up soon after as he is 26 and time is running out for him to show what he can do at the highest level. Pat Quinn

 

May 2021 – Shepard was only able to play in three AHL games due to the backlog of netminders for the Capitals, but at least he was the starter in the ECHL for the South Carolina Stingrays. In his three AHL games he posted a 0.969 save percentage, and in 14 ECHL games he posted a 0.915 sv%. There is something there as the 6-1 goalie is quite athletic and reads the play well. He may be in line to battle in the AHL for the starters crease in Hershey. Pat Quinn

 

June 2020 – Shepard signed a one-year AHL contract with the Hershey Bears for the 2020-2021 season. He comes to the bears as the leader for the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) in wins (76), goals against average (1.94), save percentage (.922) and shutouts (17). He also lead UMD to back-to-back NCAA titles and has started 115 straight NCAA games. Additionally, Shepard was a two time NCHC goalie of the year, a three time All-NCHC player, and was a two-time All-American. The contract is interesting as it may be a guaranteed AHL role out of college with a promise that the Capitals will sign him when they are able to. That could be after the season resumes or when the off season begins. Pat Quinn

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 5.5
Country USA
Position G
Roster Type Junior
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth November 7, 1995
Height 6‘1”
Weight 209 lbs
Drafted No

Stats

 Season Team League GP GAA SVS%      Playoffs GP GAA SVS%
 2011-2012 Grand Rapids High USHS-MN10 2.20 .908|      
 2012-2013 Team Kowalski's UMHSEHL11 3.11 .919|Playoffs2 3.20 .906
  B17 - Blue (Final 54)MNHP-173 4.40 .891|      
  Grand Rapids High USHS-MN24 1.95 .926|Playoffs3 2.20 .911
 2013-2014 Team Kowalski's UMHSEHL12 2.57 .926|Playoffs1 6.53 .792
  Grand Rapids High USHS-MN25 2.64 .918|Playoffs2 2.71 .914
 2014-2015 Bismarck BobcatsNAHL31 3.28 .878|Playoffs2 2.55 .911
 2015-2016 Bismarck BobcatsNAHL50 1.90 .926|Playoffs11 2.28 .926
 2016-2017 Univ. of Minnesota-DuluthNCAA2 2.58 .922|      
 2017-2018