Fantasy hockey roundtable – Goalie sleepers and bounce-back candidates
With the 2021-22 NHL regular season set to drop the puck on Oct. 12, we reached out to our experts here at ESPN Fantasy Hockey and the NHL on ESPN to get their takes on who are the under-the-radar goalie picks to split time in the fantasy crease, as well as which players have the best chances to bounce back.
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Which goalie is your sleeper pick this season?
Victoria Matiash, fantasy analyst: Calvin Petersen, Los Angeles Kings. The Kings are paying him $5-million/year, beginning in 2022, for a reason. After making more appearances than Jonathan Quick this past winter/spring, Petersen now has the chance to prove he’s both the present and future between the pipes in L.A. I’m optimistic. Sporting a respectable career 2.79 GAA and .916 SV% for a struggling, non-playoff team since 2018-19, the 26-year-old has the current opportunity to earn an even greater share of starts. And the Kings are better, following the additions of forward Phillip Danault, veteran defenseman Alexander Edler, and others. Competing in a division that includes the Ducks and Sharks also doesn’t hurt. I like Petersen a lot as a fantasy sleeper pick this season.
Sean Allen, fantasy analyst: Frederik Andersen, G, Carolina Hurricanes. There is an argument to be made that situation matters more than skill sometimes for goaltenders. When you take the Hurricanes last season as an example, that argument gets some weight. Alex Nedeljkovic, Petr Mrazek and James Reimer – three goaltenders of varying base skill – all finished 23rd or better for fantasy points per 60 minutes among goaltenders last season (12 games minimum). The Hurricanes are a good place to tend twine and Andersen…
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