Varlamov And Others Available

After allowing six goals in Vancouver Tuesday, Semyon Varlamov’s fantasy value took a hit.

Analysis: Prior to the six goal game against Vancouver, Varlamov tallied an impressive four wins in six games and did not allow more than two goals in any contest in that span. On the year Varlamov is sporting a .900 save percentage and a goals against average of just 3.02. His current hot streak has him firmly in the driver’s seat of the goaltender situation in Colorado.

Varlamov is available in over twenty percent of fantasy leagues nationwide. As long as the young Russian continues to get the majority of the starts in Colorado he is a top twenty fantasy netminder. There was a reason he was traded for a first and a second round pick and he’s finally proving it. If Colorado is to make the palyoffs, Varlamov must continue to get the majority of the starts and continue to play at the level he is at the moment.

There are other options on the wire- Al Montoya has been playing well for the Islanders and Ondrej Pavelec continues to rack up wins in Winnipeg. At the moment there are plenty of quality goalies on the wire.

Al Montoya Is A Top 20 Netminder

In just eight games started former top ten pick Al Montoya has amassed some staggering numbers.

Analysis: A sub 2.00 goals against average will grab anyones attention but doing it on the Islanders is a different kind of animal and that is exactly what Montoya is doing. Montoya has a sub 2 goals against average with a save percentage north of .93 with 5 wins in just 8 starts. He really is one of the most athletic goalies in the game today and it’s ashame it took him so long in the AHL to hone his talents. Montoya will be getting the majority of the starts as the season winds down and his availability in most leagues leaves many with decisions to make at goaltender. At this point Montoya projects better than James Reimer and Craig Anderson going forward but lags slightly behind Cam Ward.

Projection: Al Montoya will win more than half of his starts the rest of the year. His GAA should bump up a bit into the 2.4 range and his save percentage should fall near 92%. Al Montoya will be a top 20 netminder the rest of the season and he can give your secondary goaltending numbers a real boost.