27-Year-Old Goalie – San Jose Sharks
Alex Stalock Contract Information:
Stalock signed a two-year, $3.2 million deal with San Jose in June of 2014.
Stalock will be between the pipes on Saturday against Buffalo, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
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|2014-15 Proj||27||NHL||SJ||22||Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 projections for Alex Stalock|
Age is determined on October 1st of each season.No Yes
|Oct. 23||CLS||Did Not Play|
|Oct. 21||at BOS||Did Not Play|
|Oct. 19||at NYR||0||1||0||4.07||4||29||25||.862|
|Oct. 18||at NJ||Did Not Play|
|Oct. 16||at NYI||0||0||1||2.77||3||45||42||.933|
|Oct. 14||at WAS||Did Not Play|
|Oct. 8||at LA||Did Not Play|
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Stalock looks like the likely No. 2 goaltender in San Jose for 2013-14. But don't count on a lot of playing time for the young twinetender who just a few short seasons ago suffered a near career-ending injury to his leg. Starter Antti Niemi played 43 of 48 games in last year's shortened season, led the league in ice time among goalies and played 68 games the year before that. Niemi is a workhorse and management in San Jose obviously believes he can carry the mail. Stalock is moving up the food chain with the departure of former back-up Thomas Greiss, but he only has three NHL games under his belt. His ice time will be limited, but we hope the Sharks' brass recognize the need to build Stalock's confidence -- and save some of Niemi's energies for the postseason -- by giving the youngster 15 to 20 starts. But barring an injury to Niemi, Stalock has very little fantasy value, if any.
Stalock is a walking miracle ... with walking the key word. He miraculously recovered from a nasty skate cut that severed the peroneal nerve in the area below his knee. Nerves do not regenerate easily and there was a chance that he might have to spend the rest of his life wearing a rigid brace on his leg just so he could walk. It took over a year -- and a lot of painful work -- for him to recover, but he did, and was back on the ice late last season. Stalock showed enough for the Sharks to re-sign him to a one-year deal. He'll likely start as the back-up in the AHL and, if he proves he's 100 percent, an NHL job is in his future. Impressive young man. Impressive recovery.
Stalock is arguably the top goalie prospect in the Sharks’ organization, but his health will be worth monitoring ahead of the upcoming season. Last February, he sustained a serious leg laceration in an AHL game that ultimately required surgery. In 2010-11, Stalock made 41 appearances with AHL Worcester and crafted a 2.63 goals-against average and .907 save percentage. These figures were nearly identical to what he had the previous season, proving that he can be consistent at the professional level. Stalock also won his NHL debut on Feb. 1, having stopped all nine shots he faced in relief of Antti Niemi. He's now prohibited from on-ice activity until February 14, 2012, one year from his surgery and it's not known if he'll be able to recover enough to play hockey again. The Sharks inked him to a one-year deal through 2011-12; that deal now looks like a good faith gesture. God speed, Alex.
Stalock shined in his first AHL tour with the Worcester Sharks in 2009-10, sporting a 36-15-2 record, a 2.59 goals-against average and .908 save percentage. A WCHA title (and MVP honors) with the University of Minnesota-Duluth also stands out on his resume. Stalock is a proven winner, one that is sure to help out the Sharks in the coming years.
Stalock jumps up the goalie pecking order thanks to Thomas Greiss’ promotion to the NHL. But instead of stopping pucks for Worcester, Stalock has been developing his game in the WCHA. With starting Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov in the final year of his NHL contract, Team Teal could spend the next few years taking a good hard look at their rising goalie prospects, Stalock included.