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Fantasy Summary

A highly skilled classic butterfly netminder with size. Top-end hand-discipline coupled with great vision and edgework gives hope for real potential fantasy impact. Although an elite toolset is there, consistency is lacking.


Observations

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June 2022 – Assuming UFA goalie Semyon Varlamov will depart as expected, Skarek seems to have a shot at making his NHL debut. While his overall stats with Bridgeport weren’t great (3.30 GAA and .892 save percentage), a 5-0-2 stretch in January included 1.98 and .935 numbers. He was named the AHL goalie of the month. The 22-year-old has one more season on a team-friendly deal. Mark Allan

March 2022 – In his third AHL stint, Skarek has a better record (13-11-4), stats (2.95 and .906) and more starts than NHL veteran Corey Schneider. Those mediocre totals reflect the record of Bridgeport, which is seventh at 21-25-5 in the tough Atlantic Division. An RFA after the 2022-23 campaign, the Czech native is likely to remain in the AHL until then. Mark Allan

July 2021 – Skarek’s numbers were poor on both sides of the Atlantic but it’s hard to say if that was his doing or due to backstopping two poor teams. He was winless in four games on loan to 13-17-1 Peliitat in Finland’s version of the AHL, adding a 3-8-1 AHL mark with 8-14-2 Bridgeport. The 21-year-old can expect to be in the AHL for the remaining two years on his contract. Mark Allan

March 2021 – The good news is that the 6-3 Czech has played in six of Bridgeport’s first eight games in the Covid-postponed AHL schedule. However, the Sound Tigers have an unsightly 2-6 record. That roughly mirrors Skarek’s 1-5 mark, a byproduct of a 3.05 GAA and .901 save percentage. The Isles’ organization remains thin between the pipes. Mark Allan

January 2021 – Since comeback-bound netminder Cory Schneider has a new on