Every Thursday during the season, Justin Goldman, a regional goalie scout for USA Hockey and founder of The Goalie Guild, will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy goaltenders in NHL.com's weekly segment, "In the Cage." From updated goalie rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Goldman will be your fantasy goalie expert all season long.
Sixteen goalies get their regular season started Thursday night, so we figured this was a good time to introduce you to the new kids on the block.
This group of first-year goalies may not play often, but their ability to chip in a few wins could mean the difference between a bubble team making the Stanley Cup Playoffs or just missing the cut. The same goes for your fantasy team, as third and fourth goalies need to produce quality starts despite seeing limited action.
But if you have never seen these goalies before, how do you know what value they bring to the table? Well, let us eliminate some of the guesswork by ranking their projected fantasy value for the season.