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How Many Games Will The Goalies Play?

September 14, 2021, 10:46 AM ET [11 Comments]
Sean Maloughney
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Seattle's strength right now is clearly built from between the pipes and out. The Kraken have a strong defensive blueline and three good goalie options. Here is the cast:

Phillip Grubauer (40GP 1.95GAA SV% 0.922%)
Seattle surprised everyone in free agency when it was announced that they had signed former Avalanche goalie Phillip Grubauer to a six year deal worth 5.9 million a season. Grubauer has never posted numbers below 0.917% and is only 29 years old with goalies typically still playing strong well into their early 30's. Grubauer is clearly going to be the starter for Seattle but the question will be how many games will he play? While Grubauer has always posted good numbers he also hasn't ever played more than 40 games in a regular season.

Chris Driedger (23GP 2.07GAA SV% 0.927%)
Driedger was expected to be "the guy" before Seattle locked up Grubs. The 27 year old has only played 38 NHL games but has impressed greatly and locks like starter material. Right now it feels likely that both he and Grubauer will share the net pretty evenly but if Driedger goes on a hot streak or a cold streak we could see the scales tip heavily one way or the other. Will Driedger be able to keep up his .920+ numbers if he plays 30 games or more?

Joey Daccord (8GP 3.27GAA SV% 0.897%
A below .900SV% goalie seems likely to be more of an AHL option than an NHL option but Daccord played well in front of a brutal Senators team that gave up far too many shots and chances a game. Daccord isn't going to beat out either of the above two names in training camp for a permanent spot but during tough parts of the schedule I could see Daccord brought up in relief as a backup option. The player is only 25 years old which means over the next season or two we should have a better idea if he is an NHL option.





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