The future is bright for a couple NHL teams when looking at their American League tendies.
Let’s start with the red-hot Bakersfield Condors and Shane Starrett (Edm).
The 24-year-old netminder helped the Condors win 17 straight and has been ripping it up all season with a .921 SV% and a 2.19GAA.
He’s a massive goalie at 6’5, been climbing the ladder from High School, USPHL Prem, NCAA D1, ECHL and now the AHL. The NHL is a very logical next step in 19-20 or 20-21.
Tampa Bay is laughing to the bank with Connor Ingram in the minors. The small town Sask kid is in his second season with Syracuse and putting up ridiculous numbers for a 21-year-old.
The Bolts will roll with Vasilevskiy for awhile, but don’t expect them to drop the Russian in a heartbeat if Ingram pans out.
Alex Lyon was part of the Philly goalie mess early this season, but in the American League he’s been real solid. A .921 in 26 games this year, plus a solid start in the NHL last year putting up a .905 in 11 games shows real potential. Tack those numbers onto his ridiculous playoff run and .944SV% and the Oilers are looking stupid for taking Stolarz over Lyon.
Colorado has a real late comer in Pavel Francouz (28). In two games with the Avs he’s got a .943 and 1.97, then with the farm club he’s played 38 games and sits solid with a .918SV%.
The last one I’ll mention is Eric Comrie (Wpg). He’s tied for the league lead with 40GP, he’s posted a .917 and 2.73, but I think the most impressive thing is he’s only 23 and has played 185 AHL games. Insane. You have to think he’ll get his shot in the near future.