A first portrait of the season

A first portrait of the season

MISE À DAY

Here is our first weekly goaltending ranking of the 2022-23 season and the first question is who will succeed Igor Shesterkin, as champion of our race and recipient of the Vézina Trophy.  

The Russian was an almost unanimous choice among the general managers who voted him best goalkeeper of the 2021-22 regular season, by virtue of a record of 36-13-4, , 935 and 2.07. Shesterkin was joined on the podium by Jacob Markstrom of the Calgary Flames and Juuse Saros of the Nashville Predators. 

Our final ballot presented Shesterkin, Saros and Markstrom in order. 

Let's say that it's off to a good start for Shesterkin (16th), still undefeated in regulation time with the Rangers (5-0- 2, .913, 2.55), despite rather sober numbers. Saros (19th) and Markstrom (22nd) are not yet at the top of their game either. 

But let's leave the established stars aside because at the start of the season, the pleasure is to discover new sensations, including the revelation of the 2022 series, Jake Oettinger. Leader of our first assessment, the former Boston University Terrier shone in October with the Stars before being injured on Saturday.  

In the category, new starter. Oettinger is not alone in standing out. Logan Thompson (4th) won for the Golden Knights and took advantage of injuries to Robin Lehner and Laurent Brossoit. His partner, Adin Hill (6th) also did very well.  

And what about Linus Ullmark (2nd) with the surprising Bruins? His record is perfect (6-0-0, .945, 1.70) and he steals playing time from partner and good friend, Jeremy Swayman. Good start for Carter Hart (3rd) in Philadelphia. 

The Defectors 

The Stanley Cup champions have obtained former Shesterkin auxiliary, Alexandar Georgiev (9th). In his first term as number one, the dual national goalkeeper (Bulgarian and Russian) has been doing his job well so far. It is up to him to establish himself, but his true mission is clear; keep the cup in Denver. 

It's also gassy for expat Darcy Kuemper (10th), who found his way to Washington with his Stanley Cup ring made up of 669 diamonds, 20  sapphires and 42 rubies. That must make Alexander Ovechkin want to win another one. 

It is more difficult for Jack Campbell (26th) in Edmonton, but it is still early. Keep an eye out for his 23-year-old deputy, Stuart Skinner. Matt Murray is on the floor in Toronto and Ilya Samsonov (12th) still has things to prove. After surprising in St. Louis, Ville Husso (8th) is off to a good start in Detroit. 

The Golden Age 

As for the golden age, Marc-André Fleury (29th), soon to be 38, is recovering after a bumpy start in Minnesota. The irreducible Craig Anderson, 41, has won his three starts with the Sabres, allowing only five goals in all. Four 37-year-old goalies play on the Bettman circuit, Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles), Brian Elliott (Tampa), Thomas Greiss (St. Louis) and Jaroslav Halak (Islanders). 

Ah yes ! Hats off to the two Canadian goalkeepers Jake Allen (20th) and Samuel Montembeault! They can each be credited with a stolen victory. The second is one game away from being in our draw.

Things aren't going too well in Vancouver, but Thatcher Demko is disappointing. It's not taking off in Los Angeles either for Calvin Peterson.