Alex Stalock
Alex Stalock
33-Year-Old GoalieG
Edmonton Oilers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Stalock was steady in 2019-20, making 38 appearances with a 20-11-4 record, a 2.67 GAA, a .910 save percentage and four shutouts. It was his best year in Minnesota, but the Wild still signed Cam Talbot to a three-year contract in the offseason. Stalock and Talbot are statistically similar goalies -- that suggests this is more of a 1A/1B situation than a true starter/backup split heading into 2020-21. However, Stalock was deemed out indefinitely in mid-December, and at this point there's no telling when he might be ready to return, or how much of the regular season he may be forced to miss. Due to the uncertainty surrounding his health, Stalock should be left on the board in most formats on draft day. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $2.355 million contract extension with the Wild in January of 2019. Claimed off waivers by the Oilers in March of 2021.
Added to active roster
GEdmonton Oilers
April 2, 2021
Stalock (not injury related) was added to Edmonton's active roster Friday.
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Stalock was claimed by the Oilers off waivers March 1 and has finally joined the active roster after completing his mandatory quarantine and getting in a few practices with his new squad. The 33-year-old backstop will compete with Mikko Koskinen for playing time behind No. 1 netminder Mike Smith.
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The 31-year-old saw action in just 21 games last season for the Wild, posting a 6-8-3 record to go along with a 2.99 GAA and .899 save percentage. Stalock won't have a major role with the Wild as long as Devan Dubnyk is healthy, and the club hasn't showed any signs of lightening up their No. 1 goalie's workload (Dubnyk played in 67 games last season at age 33). Stalock remains a viable No. 2 option in the net for the Wild, but he doesn't warrant any real fantasy appeal other than being added in spot-start duty or as a handcuff to Dubnyk.
The former San Jose backup played in a career-high 28 games for Minnesota last season, winning double-digit games for only the second time and posting a semi-respectable GAA and save percentage. Stalock won't have a major role with the Wild as long as Devan Dubnyk is healthy, but with the club attempting to manage the workload of its starting netminder, Stalock could again see a little more action than many No. 2 goalies while working behind a strong blue-line core headlined by Ryan Suter and Mathew Dumba.
Stalock was the third-string goalie for the Wild this past season, which resulted in only two appearances, but he excelled over his 50 games with AHL Iowa, registering a .926 save percentage and 2.28 GAA. With Darcy Kuemper having left town, Stalock now enters the 2017-18 season with the inside track on serving as the Wild’s new backup, but he'll have to beat out promising Swedish netminder Niklas Svedberg in training camp. The 30-year-old Minnesota native had a great start to his career in San Jose before faltering, but his AHL success has given him new life in the NHL. If he does indeed cling to the No. 2 role in Minnesota, Stalock should see around 20 games of action.
Despite coming off a season in which he posted a meager .902 save percentage, Stalock may enter training camp as a narrow favorite to fill the vacuum left by Antti Niemi. His competition: Jonathan Quick's former backup, Martin Jones, who turned in a similarly (but not quite as) disappointing effort last year. The thing is, Stalock's spectacular 2013-14 may have been an outlier -- he's never put up numbers like that in the AHL, so it's not surprising to see his stats fall back. Jones, on the other hand, has generally been a consistent performer at all levels of hockey, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him marginalize Stalock to a backup role once again. Stalock's contract also runs out this year; if he doesn't win the starting job, he could also see his tenure with the Sharks -- the only franchise he's ever known -- come to an end.
Whoa -- you came a long way, baby. Stalock started last season backing up a Vezina finalist who logged the most minutes in the NHL. But by the end of the season, Stalock had played well enough to create a goalie controversy, which we fully expect to cross over into this season. Niemi will likely win the top job, but it is clear that Stalock is the future of the organization. And he could ascend to that throne fast if he replicates his impressive numbers from last year (.932 save percentage and a 1.87 GAA). Handcuff him to Niemi. Or better yet, snag him away from the guy who just drafted Niemi. At worst, you'll have trade bait. At best, you'll own the starter on one of the strongest teams in the Western Conference. The danger? Drafting him as though he's already won the job. He's exciting, but he's still second in line.
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.
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Expected to join team for practice
GEdmonton Oilers
Not Injury Related
March 17, 2021
Stalock (not injury related) is expected to begin practicing with the Oilers on Thursday.
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Claimed by Edmonton
GEdmonton Oilers
Not Injury Related
March 1, 2021
The Oilers claimed Stalock off waivers from the Wild on Monday, Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press reports.
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Placed on waivers
GMinnesota Wild
February 28, 2021
Stalock (upper body) was waived by the Wild on Sunday, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports.
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Trending in right direction
GMinnesota Wild
Upper Body
February 14, 2021
Coach Dean Evason said Sunday that Stalock has resumed skating but remains out indefinitely due to an upper-body injury, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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Unavailable due to virus protocol
GMinnesota Wild
Upper Body
January 13, 2021
Stalock (upper body) is unavailable due to the league's COVID-19 protocols.
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