Originally Posted by holdUP
For conversation's sake let's say the NHL plays a 45 game schedule this year.
Who do you feel benefitted/positioned themselves well to succeed from/during the time off, and who do you feel hurt their position during the time off?
I think goalies that benefit from the lockout would be the following, in no real order since there's absolutely no way to truly know how goalies will mentally handle the time off. It's also not a complete list, because obviously every goalie is influenced in some way shape or form either negatively or positively ... but I know what you're getting at in terms of fantasy value.
BENEFIT: Hiller, Rask, Khudobin, Varlamov, Bobrovsky, Gustavsson, Quick, Lindback, Greiss, Reimer
I think the lockout benefits Gustavsson because the more time he has to clear his mind of all the pressure and bullshit he dealt with in Toronto, the better. It also allows him time to remove some of the elements that were coached into his game that didn't allow him to play his natural style, and the more time he spends practicing and skating in a more natural way, the better he will be when things start up again. Others are obvious, like Quick, who needed this time to recover from back surgery, Varlamov gaining confidence and becoming more patient on his skates in the KHL...same for Bobrovsky and Khudobin.
HURT: Anderson, Fasth, Enroth, Crawford, Dubnyk, Pavelec, all aging veterans like Brodeur, Clemmensen, etc that are in the final years of their career. The time off makes it that much tougher to stay in game shape and keeping their withering skills honed.
Try to remember back to the last lockout. Some guys we never heard of again, some guys became studs ... Cam Ward, Henrik Lundqvist, etc. This will happen again ... and it's not if a few guys come out of nowhere to become studs, it's who. Maybe Robin Lehner will be one of them.