The Rangers goaltending household tree that runs from Davey Kerr to Chuck Rayner to Gump Worsley to Eddie Giacomin to Mike Richter to Henrik Lundqvist (with dollops of Marcel Paille, Cesare Maniago, Gilles Villemure, John Davidson, Hardy Astrom in addition to Mike Dunham combined in, permit’s not neglect) is a wealthy one.
And now to take his place amongst this household tree is Igor Shesterkin, who met all assumptions and likewise buzz in his 12- online game NHL cameo a 12 months earlier, and stands able to inherit the mantle left by The King.
Yet keep in mind, as a result of each Shesterkin and likewise David Quinn undoubtedly did, that Alex Georgiev is likewise proper right here to serve.
” I don’t consider myself No. 1,” Shesterkin said Tuesday utilizing translator Nick Bobrov. “I believe we have two really good goalkeepers who will do whatever it takes to help the team win.”
Shesterkin confirmed up in New york metropolis precisely a calendar 12 months in the past, Jan. 6, 2020, after investing the preliminary half of his very first professional interval with the AHL Wolf Pack. When he started and gained his very first sport the complying with night versus Colorado on the Garden, that in impact famous the top of Lundqvist’s regime, although no particular person somewhat understood it on the time.
The the rest of the interval, Georgiev started 13 video games, Shesterkin 12 in addition to Lundqvist, 4.
Still, Lundqvist was within the area.
” Certainly, sadly, Henrik is not right here and we wish him all the best with his wellness, and fast return to the ice to make the followers delighted,” Shesterkin stated. “Regarding stress is worried, I don’t really feel any pressure.”
Even although the Rangers have the fewest back-to-backs within the NHL, with simply 6, the 56- online game interval will present itself to tandeming. That’s the technique, anyway.
” In this period, every group in the league is mosting likely to have to count on their 2 goalies and we’re fortunate due to the fact that we feel like we have 2 No. 1 goalies, and I’m not simply saying that,” Quinn said. “Georgie has truly had an important occupation to date in addition to he is able to take the subsequent motion, Shesty in a very little pattern has truly proven he is usually a actually wonderful goalie at this stage.
” So, we feel we have wonderful goaltending deepness and also both of these men are going to be factors and also we’re certainly going to lean on both of them throughout the course of the period.”
And, in fact, attributable to the truth that the attain of the pandemic is unknown, the Rangers finally might additionally must rely on Keith Kinkaid, Tyler Wall and/or Adam Huska for a spell. There is solely no solution to perceive.
We do know, however, that Shesterkin was lightning fast, imperturbable, left few rebounds and moved the puck away from injury’s means and out of the zone with the elan of an knowledgeable. The goaltender is, in spite of everything, 25 years of ages and likewise was superstar within the KHL. Still, final 12 months did stand for an understanding expertise.
” I discovered that if you catch the puck, you stay on the group,” claimed the jokester.
Yet likewise this, severely, from Shesterkin in responding to inquiries about simply how he evaluates himself and likewise the difficulties the low season provided.
” It was a very challenging pre-season as a result of no particular dates of beginning of [this] period, so some of it was extremely difficult, some great, some negative, however I’m happy we’re all below now working really hard to make the very best season feasible,” claimed Shesterkin, that spent the offseason in Russia. “As for my consolation stage coming again, definitely being despatched out all the way down to the AHL doesn’t weigh on my psychology.
” I’m done in, my head is done in the effort and also doing everything I can do to be the best.”
Shesterkin was in New York for less than 2 months earlier than the season closed down.
” It is extremely challenging to judge oneself, so one has to ask the goaltending train, or those that are observing my play,” said No.
Quick as a blink, after that, for the goaltender who, all protestations apart, is subsequent within the Rangers imperial line.