Just a reminder that this series of articles covering each Minnesota Wild players’ performance will take into account each player’s contract, offensive production, and overall play using analytics and our perceptions to determine each player’s impact and value to the Wild this season.
Starting from the worst, each article will work its way up until the last article in the series which features the player who, in our eyes, had the best regular season.
#17 – Alex Stalock
Aaron – D
Lake – A
Brandon – C
Alex Stalock finished the season with a .910 save percentage which ranked 31st in the NHL among all goalies with more than 10 games played. Using Evolving Hockey’s goals saved above expected which takes into account shot quality, Stalock was one of the worst goalies in the NHL with his goaltending partner, Devan Dubnyk.
He was 4th to last among all NHL goaltenders with a -16.64 GSAx. He also finished with a -0.82 GSAA (Goals Saved Above Average) which is more relative to shot quantity rather than the quality of a shot. Stalock’s .797 HDSV (High-Danger Save Percentage) failed to make the top 50.
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In terms of GSAx, Stalock had his worst year since joining the Wild back in 2017-2018.
Analytically, the Wild had the worst goalie tandem in the NHL this season.
He may have had a nice run down the stretch after he was given the starting spot over struggling Devan Dubnyk but the reality is, Stalock is not a starting goalie in the NHL.
One thing to keep in mind is that the Wild have remained one of the best defensive teams in the league over the years which is something that can contribute to helping make a goalie look better.
Stalock has 2 years remaining beyond this season at $785,000.
On a positive note, what is there to dislike about Stalock himself or his playstyle?
Absolutely nothing, except the mid-game anxiety every time Stalock leaves the net.
Highlight Of The Year
One of my favorite saves from Stalock this season against the Bruins.