Las Vegas–Today we reach the final piece to our mid-term grades series of the Vegas Golden Knights players with the last line in defense in the goaltenders.

In the three previous parts of the series, we handed out our mid-term performance grades on the forwards and defenseman, below see how our goalies did for the first half of the season.

Part 1: Top 6 Forwards

Part 2: Bottom 6 Forwards

Part 3: Defenseman

Goaltenders

Marc-André Fleury

Previous Team: Pittsburgh Penguins (38 games played with 34 as starts, produced an 18-10-7 record at a 3.02 GAA, a .902 save percentage along with 1 shutout recorded)

Fleury’s 3.02 GAA from last year with the Penguins is one of his lowest in his 13 seasons with the “Class of 67” franchise.

This season however, his GAA with the Golden Knights is an impressive 1.73 which is a career best for the 3-time Stanley Cup Champion goaltender. Granted he missed a lot playing time from October 15 thru December 9, Fleury’s record with Vegas in the franchises inaugural year in the league is 9-2-1 which includes a shutout and the second recorded in team history 3-0 over the Washington Capitals.

His 3-1-0 start was very impressive before his injury from the Detroit Red Wings game and when he returned from injury he recorded a very solid 6-1-1 record.

Based on the schedule for the second half of the season we think goalie coach Dave Prior will want to do what’s best for the team and Fleury moving forward that will enable them the best chance win hockey games.

Vegas has four remaining pairs of back-2-back’s over the two final quarters of the season so look for some rotation strategy be implemented between Fleury and Subban. Grade: A

Malcolm Subban

Previous Team: Boston Bruins (1 game played, produced a 0-1-0 record at a 5.18 GAA and a .818 save percentage)

Okay so with Subban getting only one start with his former club in Boston last year is not the best for him at all, his career in net has taken off this season with the Golden Knights. Subban as Fleury’s main backup this year has been outstanding along the way with his 11-2-0 record in 14 games played.

Included with his new career high record is an impressive GAA of 2.38 which is significant improvement from his time with the Bruins and many thanks to solid coaching by Prior improved his save percentage as well at .918.

We feel that based on his solid performance as the temporary starter in the absence of Fleury during the first half of the season, Subban should have no issues with improving his game between the pipes for the Golden Knights throughout the remaining portion of the campaign. Grade: A

Maxime Lagace

Previous Team: N/A (No prior NHL experience last season)

Lagace’s record with the Golden Knights in relief during the injuries of both Fleury and Subban in 14 games played this season was 6-6-1 and registered a GAA of 3.79 along with a .879 save percentage. Most of his losses, came on their Eastern Conference where Vegas went 1-4-1.

Given that he had no prior experience in the big show until this season, we feel that under the circumstances he was put in, Lagace fared pretty well in net for Vegas.

After his last start in Dallas, Lagace returned to the Chicago Wolves down in the minors to continue to put the work in on his game. Grade: A-

Oscar Dansk

Previous Team: N/A (No prior NHL experience last season)

Dansk before he was taken out of omission on the Eastern Conference road trip the 23-year-old Swede put together a 3-0-0 record with one of the those wins coming in relief back on October 21 against St. Louis the night Subban was hurt. He also recorded a GAA of 1.78.

In the save percentage category at .946, Dansk is second best to Fleury’s .945. Dansk also recorded the first shutout in franchise history when the team defeated the Colorado Avalanche on October 27 by a final score of 7-0.

Looking ahead, it’s uncertain what the plans are for Dansk in fitting into the goalie rotation for the Golden Knights during the second half of the season because he has yet to cleared off of long term injured reserved that dates back on October 31. So we will all have to wait and see how this plays out. Grade: A

At the end of the season, we will hand out our final grades and see if all the Golden Knights players improved their mid-term grades or stay the same. Check back with us later in the year for the results.

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2 Comments »

  1. Baring more injuries, I’d like to see Subban get around 15 or more starts in the second half to keep MAF fresh for April. Minus the All Star break, it’s nearly game every other day, plus some back to backs. I also want to see how either would bounce back from a rough night. Subban hasn’t played since the 5th in Chicago and wasn’t sharp. His next start is probably Tampa or Florida. That is a long layoff.

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