Find a Starting Goalie
It’s a lot easier said than done. But the New York Islanders absolutely need a starting goalie. Going into the 2018-19 season the Islanders have Linus Soderstrom, Thomas Greiss and Christopher Gibson in their goaltending depth chart.
They probably rank in that order, but Soderstrom likely has an asterisk next to his name. The young Swede has never played in North America. He might take some time to adjust his play to suit his new surroundings.
After last seasons .892 SV% and 3.89 GAA there’s no way that Thomas Greiss is given the job between the pipes for the team. And with a similarly bad .908 SV% and 3.65GAA Chris Gibson isn’t going to get the nod either.
I’ve often said Carter Hutton is an interesting choice. The free agent put up a stellar .931 SV% and 2.09 GAA with the St Louis Blues this season. A second option could be Boston’s Anton Khudobin. The Kazhakstani goaltender put up a .913 SV% and 2.56 GAA in 31 games played this season.
The only issue for both goalies is potential to play 50-60 starts and their age.
Both are career backups, never playing more than 30 or so games in a season. Could they handle being a starter and be as effective? Its possible, but it would be a risk.
And what about the fact that both are 32. They won’t likely become better than they were, so are you playing the game of diminishing returns? Again, easier said than done.