NHL Fantasy Sleepers 2013: Goalies Worth Targeting Late
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Good goalies are necessary to save your fantasy hockey season.
We'd all love to get our hands on Jonathan Quick or Henrik Lundqvist on draft day, but a premier goalie will cost you. Besides, many leagues require that you start two anyway, and then you're going to want some insurance on the bench.
Once the stalwarts are selected, the pressure is on to land someone late that can win games for his NHL team—and, more importantly, your fantasy squad.
Now that the lockout is finally over, hockey fans must scramble to cram for last-minute fantasy drafts. Goalie is as good of a position as any to start the preparation, so here are three guys worth snatching later in drafts this season.
Don't count the old geezer out just yet.
The 40-year-old is well past his prime, but Martin Brodeur proved that he's not too washed up during the New Jersey Devils' postseason run.
Even during the regular season, Brodeur did not perform all that poorly. He won 31 games with a .908 save percentage and 2.41 goals allowed per game.
Now that the shine has faded, Brodeur will enter drafts as an affordable No. 2 goalie. Formerly a perennial top pick, ESPN ranks him No. 21 at the position.
He won't reclaim that glory, but he'll still hold his own as a solid option that you shouldn't have to break the bank to obtain.
In limited playing time last season, Brian Elliott played like one of the NHL's top goalies.
Playing 38 games for the St. Louis Blues, Elliott recorded 23 wins along with a league-best .940 save percentage and 1.56 goals allowed per game.
During that brief stretch of action, he notched nine shutouts, trailing only Quick for the NHL lead.
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His ranking suffers because he will split time with Jaroslav Halak, but it will be hard to keep Elliott on the bench too often if he continues to excel.
Maybe it was just a flash in the pan—or maybe the 27-year-old is hitting his prime. Considering that ESPN places him outside the top 20, it's worth a late gamble to find out.
A sophomore slump hit Sergei Bobrovsky hard, but he will receive a fresh start in Columbus to regain his footing.
During a promising rookie campaign, Bobrovsky notched 28 victories, allowing 2.59 goals per contest with a .915 save percentage. The following season, he surrendered 3.02 goals per game and saw his save percentage plummet to .899.
The 24-year-old will now suit up for the Blue Jackets, who don't have a Plan B worth utilizing in place of the young talent.
It's also encouraging to note that he used the time off to dominate the KHL. He won 18 of 23 matchups alongside a .932 save percentage.
As a second or third goalie, Bobrovsky is an ideal upside pick worth the minimal investment required to acquire him.
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