The Goalie Report: Risers & Fallers

The Goalie Report: Risers & Fallers

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Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, Sabres (2-3-2, .927 Sv%, 2.54 GAA)

At this rate, and given Don Granato's vote of confidence, it doesn't seem like Luukkonen will ever go back to the minors. Craig Anderson and the other veteran goalies were just stopgaps, anyway, but Luukkonen's excellent play this season has earned him a job with the big club. He's giving the Sabres a chance to win every night, and though they still don't win many games, they've showcased a lot of young talent and future upside.

Malcolm Subban gets the benefit of the doubt because he's more experienced, and he'll likely be 1A to Luukkonen's 1B simply because of seniority, but there's no doubt who gives them a better chance of winning. Sabres goalies tend to be shunned in fantasy hockey, but in the right matchup, Luukkonen could provide a surprisingly good source of saves and maybe the occasional win. Their upcoming games include San Jose, two against Detroit, Ottawa and home dates against Dallas and Philadelphia.

Spencer Knight, Panthers (7-4-2, .896 Sv%, 3.39 GAA)

After a brief sojourn to the AHL, Knight is once again back with the big club, and served as the backup Tuesday against Calgary. The Panthers have deemed Jonas Johansson to be their No. 3, and they'll be able to carry three goalies with relative ease now that the taxi squad has been re-introduced. Knight's still no threat to take the starting job from Sergei Bobrovsky, but Knight's fantasy value has recovered

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Jason Chen
Jason won the 2021 FSWA Hockey Writer of the Year award, and was also a finalist on 2019. He joined RotoWire in 2013. Jason has also written for Yahoo Sports, CBS Sports, The Hockey News, The Hockey Hall of Fame's Legends Magazine, and Centre Ice Magazine.
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