Goalies are extremely important no matter the league, most goalies account for W, GAA, SV %, SO depending on the league but those are some basic categories. Also, most leagues implement two-to-three starts per week rule. What happens if you have a backup goalie though because you got drawn into drafting scorers, or if you have a deep 14 plus man league. That’s going to be annoying making sure you reach that goal every week. To ensure you reach that quo every week, here are some fantasy hockey goalies to buy low on.
Antti Raanta- G, Arizona Coyotes
Antti Raanta, I feel as if this is a given but for those unsure about Santa’s capability he did post some quality numbers with the Rangers as a backup goalie. Through four seasons as a backup, Raanta posted a 47-23 record, 2.32 GAA and .917 save percentage. That’s a pretty solid foundation for a starter. With the Coyotes improved blue line Raanta will get a bit more help back there as well, although Arizona is not expected to win a ton of games Raanta should still give your team 30 wins or more. For a goalie being bought in the 16th round(12-man league), it’s worth the price to save up for Raanta, if knowing you can get Raanta in the later rounds it will allow you to focus more offense and defense as well too.
Scott Darling- G, Carolina Hurricanes
Scott Darling: Another goalie that served as a backup for his career and will finally get the chance to be a starter. Quite honestly if the Blackhawks were not set in stone on starting in stone as Corey Crawford being the go-to guy, Darling could have filled in that starting role easily for Chicago. But he lands in Carolina on a resurged team, that everyone has a darkhorse for this season. In Darling’s three-year career as a backup, he posted a 39-17 record, 2.37 GAA and .923 save percentage. Darling filled in perfectly for Chicago even in the playoffs too, his capability is there, but now can Carolina as the bell? For a goalie going in the 12th/13th round, it’s definitely worth the wait to buy low and take Darling. He is the clear starter on this Carolina team with high expectations.
Robin Lehner- G, Buffalo Sabres
Robin Lehner: This is the year Lehner officially makes his mark in the league and stamps his name as a starter in the NHL. Last season was the year he saw the most starts since joining the Sabres, Lehner started in 58 games posting a 23-26 record, 2.68 GAA and .920 save percentage. For a Sabres team that struggled a bit last season, Lehner did not do terrible for having a bad team in front of him. With a healthy roster all across the board, improved defense and a new head coaching the Sabres are expected to have a much better season. Lehner is the clear choice for the starting job in Buffalo, and could possibly give your team 30 plus wins. For a goalie getting drafted in the 16th round, I would be willing to say, if you got lost in the scoring draft mode, and Lehner was a last minute option, don’t freight, he’ll pan out.