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Ranking Alex Nedeljkovic

from The Athletic,

Corey Pronman, Michael Russo and Sean Shapiro surveyed more than three dozen experts across the NHL — a list that included general managers, head coaches, goalie coaches, goalie gurus and former goalies — and asked them to give each goalie a score between 1 and 5. We used that to tier the perceived starting goalies for all 32 teams.

20. Alex Nedeljkovic, Red Wings

Despite being a Calder Trophy finalist, despite being a star at virtually every level he’s played at, the Hurricanes chose to move on rather than pay the restricted free agent.

Nedeljkovic was dealt to the Red Wings and should quickly learn he’s not behind the Hurricanes’ defense anymore.

Just call Jimmy Howard.

“I really like Nedeljkovic. I like the way he plays,” a former goalie said. “He seems to read the play really well, he’s always a step ahead. In Detroit, it’s going to be a lot tougher than Carolina. He’s a solid starter, though.”

“He’s the best puck-handling goaltender in the game, and he gets less shots because of it,” an Eastern Conference executive said. “He ran big numbers last year and he wins everywhere he goes. He’s just not a huge man.”

Most panelists thought GM Steve Yzerman made a great bet acquiring Nedeljkovic.

“I like him, I liked him in the AHL and obviously he couldn’t have been asked to do more last season. He needs to prove it over a longer time span to get a higher grade, but I think it’s possible he becomes a good starter,” one scout said.

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Not worried about him in the long haul but hope he finds his groove sooner than later.  Puck handling goalies have a tendency to get themselves in self inflicted trouble as a trade-off for being able to make an outlet pass from the net.

Posted by ThatGuy on 10/11/21 at 08:05 AM ET

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Bobby Ryan’s PTO expires today in Detroit and no deal as of now.

Ryan Rishaug tweet

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/11/21 at 09:55 AM ET

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Yeah, feels like Greiss has been the better goalie so far.

Posted by RyanVM on 10/11/21 at 12:31 PM ET

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