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  • Wild Prospect Depth Analysis: Goalies


    The Wild have always found goaltenders to serve as starters for them: Fernandez, Roloson, Backstrom, Theodore. And this wealth of goaltenders doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon.

    The Wild have never spent a first round pick on a goaltender, and doesn't seem to need to either. Lets see why with our analysis of the goaltenders:

    Leading the Aeros to its first Calder Cup Finals appearance since 2003, Matt Hackett has stapled himself as the team's number one goalie in his rookie year.

    That says alot for the first year rookie.

    And while his numbers aren't the greatest heading into the Calder Cup Finals, he managed to bring the Aeros to where they are now, and no one can argue with results.

    Lead the WHL in all goaltending statistics? Alright, I guess. Become WHL Goalie of the Year? I'm impressed. Become CHL Goalie of the Year? Where did he come from?

    Selected in the 6th round by the Wild in 2009, there was a small scare when there were rumors of a contract dispute between Kuemper's party and the Wild. After it was made clear that Kuemper will go back into the draft instead of becoming a free agent if he refused a contract with the Wild, Kuemper agreed to a three-year entry level deal.

    While Dennis Endras could not repeat his WC MVP and Best Goaltender awards, he still managed to help his team overcome Russia, one of the tournament's favorites.

    The signing of Endras was a pleasant surprise for Wild fans. His name still relatively unknown, Endras will come next season and fight for the backup position behind Niklas Backstrom.

    Another potential goalie gem, the Wild's sixth round selection in 2010 has put up good numbers in Sweden's second tier league, splitting time with 28-year old David Sperrle.

    Gustafsson has a large frame to work with and will most likely be given all the time he needs to become a good goaltender with the traffic of Hackett, Kuemper and Endras all coming to North America next season.


    This is a very good problem to have.

    The Wild have three goaltending prospects, all with solid potential, coming to the Wild next season. All three of them will have to fight it out for the backup position with the Wild or end up in Houston.

    But the biggest problem is, what to do with the loser out of the three? There is Wild backup, Houston starter and ... Houston backup? Is it smart to let one of our promising goaltending prospects to play backup minutes?

    There is the option of splitting time, creating a sense of competition, rewarding the best goaltender, but I would rather have the starter play a ridiculous amount of games to develop him.

    So, what do you think?

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