Welcome to the NHL, Matt Hackett
Goalie - MIN
GAA: 1.01 | SVP: 0.974
Wednesday night, the 21-year-old Minnesota Wild
netminder stepped in for his first NHL appearance when goalie Josh Harding
went down with an injury. The result? Hackett stopped all 34 shots faced his way en route to a solid Wild win.
The following night, with both Nicklas Backstrom
and Harding on the bench with day-to-day injuries, Hackett earned his first NHL start. The result? A 42-save outing en route to a 4-2 Wild win over Los Angeles.
If you've never heard of the guy before, you might want to listen up.
With the Wild's top goalies sidelined, Hackett figures to see consistent playing time moving forward. This could mean good things for those fantasy owners crafty enough to jump in and snag the up-and-coming beast between the pipes.
Despite the limited experience, the third-round selection of the 2009 NHL Draft has stopped 76 of 78 shots, while collecting a .974 save percentage and a 1.01 GAA. Moreover, he's 2-0-0.
The Hackett train could be leaving the station sooner rather than later, but wise fantasy owners should enjoy the ride while the opportunity is there.