Originally Posted by scimo
Hi Justin, do you see Varlamov becoming a top 5 or 6 goalie in the next few years? I believed a goalie need to go through some struggles before elevating to another level, something like Varly went through last year.
Yeah he absolutely can be, he just needs a more consistent defensive effort in front of him. The Avs are a very young team that is not really well-coached, but they are starting to get a little more consistent. Their inability to play a full 60-minute game on most nights is unbearable to watch...and I've seen it plague the organization since the lockout ended.
The team also really relies on their goaltender, so I think Varlamov could be a total fantasy stud over the next two seasons, facing a lot of shots, playing a lot of games, and having a very good save percentage. Nobody is going to threaten his throne for at least 3-4 seasons...Giguere is an unreal mentor/backup, but you have the two rookies in the AHL that will need at least three seasons down there to be at any point where they could even become close to challenging Varlamov. He is in a very good spot right now, and it looks like he has put the groin issues well behind him.