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New York Islanders Goaltending Upgrade Options for 2018-19

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: Goalie Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders looks on after allowing a goal to Matt Niskanen #2 of the Washington Capitals during the second period at Capital One Arena on March 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: Goalie Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders looks on after allowing a goal to Matt Niskanen #2 of the Washington Capitals during the second period at Capital One Arena on March 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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NEWARK, NJ – APRIL 03: Keith Kinkaid #1 of the New Jersey Devils makes the second period save against the New York Rangers at the Prudential Center on April 3, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ – APRIL 03: Keith Kinkaid #1 of the New Jersey Devils makes the second period save against the New York Rangers at the Prudential Center on April 3, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Keith Kinkaid | New Jersey Devils

Production

Record: 41 games played 26-10-3

Stats: 0.913 SV%, 2.77GAA, 99GA%

Why Him?

Yeah, Keith Kinkaid made the list. He’s not a household name like Braden Holtby. But his stats were good last season. I didn’t think so either until Eyes on Isles contributor David Lazar pointed it out to me.

His 0.913 SV% and 2.77GAA are decent steps above what Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Griess gave to the Islanders in 2017-18.

And that’s exactly how good Kinkaid has been his entire NHL career. He’s an average 0.912SV% and 2.72GAA keeper. The increased workload he got this season did nothing to his average.

Kinkaid was so good for the Devils that they didn’t need regular starter Corey Schneider to help the Devils push into the playoffs. Something no one thought the New Jersey Devils could do in 2018-19.

Why Not?

There’s a reason that Kinkaid isn’t a starter in the NHL. He’s an average 0.912SV% and 2.72GAA in his four year NHL career. That’s as good as it gets for the Devils keeper.

The ceiling isn’t any higher for the career backup. And that’s a heavy risk to take for the Islanders if they’re going to get him play up to 50 games. They need better than what Kinkaid is offering.

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Kinkaid would be a cheap acquisition for the Islanders and allow them the space to acquire other options. But what he’s bringing isn’t great enough for the Islanders to push for the Stanley Cup like they want to do.

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