1. Alexandar Georgiev
At 24-years-old, Alexandar Georgiev is the youngest goalie on this list, also making him the least experienced. However, he faces a lot on the shots playing for the New York Rangers and has proved that he can handle this.
If it wasn’t for phenom, Igor Shesterkin, Georgiev would be the full-time starter for the Rangers. In 32 games this year, Georgiev has a 2.98 GAA, .912 SV%, two shutouts, and .567 QS%.
Georgiev’s GAA may be bad, but this isn’t surprising with him playing on the offense-first Rangers who have given up the sixth-most goals in the league. His near-3.00 GAA but .912 SV% shows that the Rangers give up a lot of shots, but Georgiev is capable of saving more than 91 percent of them.
His .567 QS% shows that he’s capable of keeping his team in the game and this makes me think that if he was on a defensively sound team, his GAA would be close to 2.50 and his SV% would be at least a .915.
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Georgiev is the most likely of the goalies on this list to be dealt with this offseason.
The Rangers were actively trying to trade him around this season’s trade deadline because they have aging Henrik Lundqvist, who has a no-movement clause for the remainder of his deal, and 24-year-old phenom Shesterkin.
According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Rangers were seeking a young forward that’s already playing in the NHL or close to being ready to play in the league. This would possibly mean the likes of Timo Meier or Tomas Hertl for the Sharks.
Again, trading for a goalie could be more beneficial for the Sharks than signing one from free agency as they could possibly unload some big contracts as well as filling the hole of goaltender.
They have the draft capital to do it this offseason, with four picks over the first two rounds.