Islanders: Checking in on 5 bold predictions from start of season

Joshua Ho-Sang #66 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Joshua Ho-Sang #66 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 12: Semyon Varlamov #40 of the New York Islanders skates against the Florida Panthers at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum on October 12, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

4. Varlamov to average 0.925SV%

In the season before arrived on the Island, Semyon Varlamov had a poor year for the Colorado Avalanche with a 2.85GAA and a 0.909SV%. Two years prior was even worse for the former Hart and Vezina trophy finalist with a 3.38GAA and 0.898SV%.

Varlamov wasn’t coming to the Island with glowing numbers. But if anyone could turn him back into that top tier goalie it was going to be Mitch Korn, Piero Greco, and Barry Trotz.

And through the halfway point of the season, it seems to have worked.

In 23 starts, Varlamov carries a 15-5-3 record. Out of 746 shots faced, he’s stopped 689 of them for a 0.924SV%. That’s just a 0.01SV% lower than I figured.  If he had made one more save though he’s right there with a 0.925SV%.

Varlamov is proving to be the goalie we hoped he could be when the Islanders tossed $20 million at him over four years.

Based on what we’ve seen from this defensive system and the effect it can have on goalie there’s no reason to think that Varlamov can’t sustain this pace through the rest of the season.