Igor Shesterkin

Igor Shesterkin

27-Year-Old GoalieG
New York Rangers
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Any fantasy manager lucky enough to have Shesterkin on their roster a season ago was rewarded with one of the best seasons by a goaltender in NHL history. His 2.07 GAA and .935 save percentage both led the league, while adding 36 victories and six shutouts. Shesterkin won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender, while finishing third in voting for the Hart Trophy as league MVP behind only Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid. It's a stretch to expect a repeat performance given how dominant Shesterkin was a year ago, but he won't turn 27 until the end of December and even a minor dip in his numbers would still result in Shesterkin being one of the best netminders in the game. He has a real chance to be the first goaltender off the board in fantasy leagues this coming fall. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $22.7 million contract with the Rangers in August of 2021.
Falls to Leafs in OT
GNew York Rangers
January 25, 2023
Shesterkin made 32 saves in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime loss to Toronto.
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Pontus Holmberg beat Shesterkin on the game's first shot, but New York's netminder settled down and didn't allow another goal until Timothy Liljegren's game-tying marker with 4:11 left in regulation. After tying it up late, Toronto won it 19 seconds into overtime thanks to a Mitch Marner goal, dropping Shesterkin's record to 21-8-7.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Expected to face Maple Leafs
GNew York Rangers
January 25, 2023
Shesterkin is expected to start on the road against Toronto on Wednesday, David Alter of Sports Illustrated reports.
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Cruises to 21st win
GNew York Rangers
January 23, 2023
Shesterkin made 33 saves in Monday's 6-2 win over the Panthers.
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Tending twine Monday
GNew York Rangers
January 23, 2023
Shesterkin will face the Panthers at home Monday, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
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Needs a little help from friends
GNew York Rangers
January 19, 2023
Shesterkin made 24 saves in a 3-1 loss to Boston on Thursday.
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Expected to face Bruins
GNew York Rangers
January 19, 2023
Shesterkin is expected to start in Thursday's home game against Boston, according to Arthur Staple of The Athletic.
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