Chris Driedger

Chris Driedger

27-Year-Old GoalieG
Seattle Kraken
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Driedger was a lifesaver for the Panthers this past season, appearing in 23 games for the club and posting a 14-6-3 record, a 2.07 GAA, a .927 save percentage and three shutouts. The Kraken were so impressed by his performance that they opted to select Driedger in the expansion draft and immediately gave him a new three-year, $10.5 million contract to presumably be their No. 1 goaltender. Things changed exactly a week later when Seattle inked reigning Vezina Trophy finalist Philipp Grubauer to a six-year, $35.4 million deal. The contracts the two netminders signed indicate Grubauer is going to be the starter with Driedger serving as his backup, limiting the latter's fantasy value. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $10.5 million contract with the Kraken in July of 2021.
Returns to practice Tuesday
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January 25, 2022
Driedger was back at practice Tuesday after clearing the league's COVID-19 protocols, Marisa Ingemi of The Seattle Times reports.
ANALYSIS
Prior to entering the protocols, Driedger was struggling with a four-game winless streak during which he went 0-4-0 with a 3.31 GAA. While the Winnipeg native should see a handful of appearances, he is unlikely to unseat Philipp Grubauer as the preferred option between the pipes.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Driedger came out of nowhere last season, taking over as Sergei Bobrovsky's primary backup after being promoted to the big club in late November and finishing the campaign with a 7-2-1 record and a highly impressive 2.05 GAA and .938 save percentage in 12 appearances. It wouldn't be wise to expect the 26-year-old backstop to perform at that level over a presumably larger sample size in 2020-21, and Bobrovsky will obviously still start a large majority of the Panthers' games, but Driedger should still be able to post a winning record with solid GAA and save percentage figures while giving Bob the occasional night off. Still, he likely won't see enough action to be worth a roster spot in most fantasy formats, but Driedger should remain a solid streaming option in a pinch.
Driedger, a third-round selection by the Senators in 2012, spent the majority of last season at ECHL Evansville, logging an ugly .885 save percentage in 40 games. Despite those poor numbers, injuries eventually paved the way for him to climb all the way to the NHL level, where he made one relief appearance while Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner were sidelined. Lehner has since been traded to Buffalo, but the late-season emergence of Andrew Hammond along with the signing of top college prospect Matt O’Connor appears to leave Driedger no better than fourth on the Sens' organizational goalie depth chart.
Driedger played most of last season in the WHL, but did make one appearance with AHL Binghamton, allowing two goals on 22 shots in a relief effort. With Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner entrenched in the NHL, it would take a couple serious injuries to even make Driedger a relevant backup netminder next season.
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Designated for COVID-19 protocols
GSeattle Kraken
Covid-19
January 16, 2022
Driedger entered the NHL's COVID-19 protocols Sunday, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
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Skid continues against Kings
GSeattle Kraken
January 16, 2022
Driedger allowed two goals on 21 shots in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Kings. The third goal was an empty-netter.
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Starting between pipes Saturday
GSeattle Kraken
January 15, 2022
Driedger received the starting nod for Saturday's home contest against Los Angeles, per Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic.
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Solid in loss
GSeattle Kraken
January 13, 2022
Driedger made 25 saves on 27 shots in a 2-1 loss to the Blues on Thursday.
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Guarding cage Thursday
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January 13, 2022
Driedger will defend the blue paint Thursday in St. Louis, Alison Lukan of The Athletic reports.
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