Points may adorn the scoreboard, but often it’s the saves that really win it for the team. The 2017-2018 season is just getting started but the goaltenders are already starting to shine. Here are some highlights for the first month of the hockey year.
The St. Louis Blues are surely watching this young star and the incredible shutout saves made by Devin Williams of the ECHL’s Tulsa Oilers. In his rookie season this year, Williams has already recorded a shutout against the team’s long-time rival, the Allen Americans, and he’s been named ECHL goaltender of the week after just five games.
The Edmonton Oilers are keeping their eyes on Nick Ellis of the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Bakersfield Condors. This goaltender has glove saves and a long reach on his come-across saves in his second career shutout on October 20, 2017 against the Ontario Reign. Ellis also made the AHL Player of the Week for his performance.
Oscar Dansk has made his way up through the ranks and made an incredible clutch save in overtime to get his first win as an NHL goaltender. On October 21, Dansk went in as the backup for Malcolm Subban. With Subban and Fleury both on injured reserve, Dansk who was recalled from the Chicago Wolves of the AHL, will now get to show off his saves as the No. 1 in net for the Las Vegas Golden Knights.
Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche is known for his great pad saves, and he doesn’t disappoint this season. After last year’s hip surgeries, Varlamov is back to guarding the crease. He continues his tremendous technique with second period pad saves against the Dallas Stars on October 24. And, Varlamov’s 29th save of the night in the third period was an incredible shoulder save.
The Edmonton Oilers’ Cam Talbot also continues to impress. He slid across the crease against Pittsburgh’s Phil Kessel to rob him of the point in both the first and second periods of their October 24 match-up.
Frederick Andersen of the Toronto Maple Leafs put on a clinic for glove saves with his catch against the Carolina Hurricanes in the first period on October 26. Down 2-1 with 3:59 left in the period, the puck bounced off Andersen’s pad. But he didn’t lose sight of the rebound and snagged the puck with his glove as it shot through the traffic of Teravainen.
For even more great saves, check out the NHL Top 10 Saves of the Week. What other saves would you put on the list?
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