Igor Shesterkin

Igor Shesterkin

25-Year-Old GoalieG
New York Rangers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Shesterkin was up and down in his first season as New York's No. 1 goaltender in 2020-21. He played better than his 16-14-3 record suggests, but Shesterkin allowed at least four goals on eight different occasions in addition to missing 10 games in the middle of the year with a groin injury. There was nothing wrong with Shesterkin's 2.62 GAA and .916 save percentage, but both of those numbers could easily improve given the fact the Rangers have made a concerted effort to add grit, toughness, and responsible defensive players to their lineup this offseason. There's top-10 fantasy upside here, if not more, and Shesterkin could be available at a slight discount on draft day. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $22.7 million contract with the Rangers in August of 2021.
Works extra time to earn win
GNew York Rangers
October 18, 2021
Shesterkin kicked out 40 of 41 shots Monday in a 2-1 overtime win over Toronto.
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The dominant storyline coming into the night was the season debut of Toronto superstar Auston Matthews, but Shesterkin quickly took over the narrative with a terrific performance. The 25-year-old netminder, who was named the game's No. 1 star, limited the Maple Leafs to a second-period re-direct by Michael Bunting, while denying all eight of Matthews' game-high eight shots. Shesterkin has stopped 54 of 58 shots (.931 save percentage) over his first two starts of the year.
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There's no denying Shesterkin's talent, which was on full display during his 12 brilliant games with the Rangers last season, in which he racked up 10 wins thanks to a .932 save percentage. He's one of the league's most exciting prospects in net, but the path to elite netminding is never smooth, and the Rangers have another young goalie they can turn to in Alexandar Georgiev. Shesterkin showed great poise in limited viewings, but how effective he can remain over an entire season is still up in the air. He has fantastic long-term value in fantasy, but he'll enter the 2020-21 campaign with some inherent risk due to his limited sample size. Still, Shesterkin's upside is essentially unmatched, making him worthy of an early-round pick in most fantasy formats.
Shesterkin is a dynasty leaguer's dream, but his path to immediate playing time is blocked by the duo of Henrik Lundqvist and Alexandar Georgiev in net. The 23-year-old absolutely dominated KHL competition as the goalie for SKA Saint Petersburg -- a powerhouse team in a league that more resembles European soccer with its lack of parity. He posted a minuscule 1.11 GAA along with a .953 save percentage in 28 games last season, and Shesterkin will look to adjust to life in North America quickly so he can challenge Georgiev for the backup job. Expect Shesterkin to start the year in the AHL in order to maximize his playing time, but know that his ceiling is about as high as it gets for a goaltending prospect.
We're at least a season away from the Rangers putting the “York” in Shestyorkin, but it's never too early for dynasty owners to start keeping an eye on one of the best young goaltenders in the world. Shestyorkin has dominated in the KHL over the past two years, backing up a 1.64 GAA and .937 save percentage in 2016-17 with 1.69 and .933 marks last season for SKA Saint Petersburg. The 22-year-old Russian's contract is up at the end of the 2018-19 campaign, and with Henrik Lundqvist getting up there in age, Shestyorkin could contribute right away if the Rangers can coax him into coming over to North America next season.
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Guarding cage Monday
GNew York Rangers
October 18, 2021
Shesterkin will get the starting nod for Monday's contest in Toronto, Vince Z. Mercogliano of USA Today reports.
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First win of season
GNew York Rangers
October 16, 2021
Shesterkin made 31 saves in a 3-1 victory over the Canadiens on Saturday.
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Starting in Montreal
GNew York Rangers
October 16, 2021
Per Mollie Walker of the New York Post, Shesterkin was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate, indicating he'll guard the road goal during Saturday's matchup with Montreal.
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Downed in overtime
GNew York Rangers
October 14, 2021
Shesterkin yielded three goals on 26 shots Thursday in a 3-2 overtime loss to Dallas.
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Will start Thursday
GNew York Rangers
October 13, 2021
Shesterkin is scheduled to start Thursday's home opener versus the Stars, Vince Z. Mercogliano of USA Today reports.
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