Alex Nedeljkovic

Alex Nedeljkovic

28-Year-Old GoalieG
Pittsburgh Penguins
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Following an offseason trade that sent Casey DeSmith to Montreal, Nedeljkovic is now locked into a backup role in Pittsburgh behind Tristan Jarry heading into 2023-24. Nedeljkovic appeared in 59 games for the Red Wings during the 2021-22 campaign, but he was limited to just 15 NHL contests last year. He was even demoted to AHL Grand Rapids after posting an .880 save percentage through nine games last season. However, in six games after returning to the NHL level, he looked much better with a .920 save percentage and a 2.63 GAA. Jarry will handle a large portion of the workload as long as he stays healthy, but Nedeljkovic will cycle in occasionally. Still, that role won't amount to much fantasy appeal this year. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Penguins in July of 2023.
Falls to Isles in OT
GPittsburgh Penguins
February 21, 2024
Nedeljkovic turned aside 28 shots in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Islanders.
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The Isles seemed to have a book on Nedeljkovic, beating him consistently on longer-range shots to the blocker side, including on the OT winner by Adam Pelech for the defenseman's first goal of the season. Nedeljkovic has only one win in his last four starts, going 1-1-2 while stopping 11 of 122 shots (.910 save percentage), but with Tristan Jarry also scuffling a bit and having lost three straight, the duo may work in a timeshare in the short term.
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Nedeljkovic was a finalist for the Calder Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year two seasons ago, but regression smacked the Ohio native in the face last year in his first campaign with the Red Wings. In 59 games, Nedeljkovic posted a 20-24-9 record, 3.31 GAA and .901 save percentage. A dip was to be expected considering he finished the 2020-21 season at 15-5-3, 1.90 and .932, but the decline was more significant than most imagined. Nedeljkovic's poor performance led to Detroit trading for the rights to Ville Husso from the Blues and then signing him to a three-year deal worth $4.75 million per year, leaving Nedeljkovic -- who is scheduled for unrestricted free agency next summer -- slated for a backup role in 2022-23.
With Carolina's goaltending situation in shambles, Nedeljkovic came out of nowhere to run away with the No. 1 job. He posted a 15-5-3 record along with a 1.90 GAA and a .932 save percentage on his way to being named a Calder Trophy finalist and to the NHL's All-Rookie Team. The penny-pinching Hurricanes then shocked the hockey world by dealing Nedeljkovic to Detroit for a draft pick this past July. He immediately signed a new two-year, $6 million deal with the Wings and should serve as the team's starter ahead of Thomas Greiss moving forward. Just keep in mind moving from Carolina to Detroit is a major downgrade in terms of fantasy production and Nedeljkovic's numbers are likely to suffer as a result.
Nedeljkovic produced well at the AHL level last year, going 16-10-2 with a 2.49 GAA and a .906 save percentage in 29 games. He also made four appearances at the NHL level, although they were nothing to write home about. The 24-year-old remains third on the Hurricanes' goalie depth chart, as Petr Mrazek and James Reimer are again set to split the NHL duties in 2020-21. Look for Nedeljkovic to earn a spot on the taxi squad, and if he doesn't stick there, he'll likely be the primary starter for the Hurricanes' new AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves.
Nedeljkovic had a solid season for the OHL Mississauga IceDogs last year, posting a 15-13-2 record and helping the team enjoy a deep playoff run. At the World Juniors, he was arguably one of Team USA’s best players, finishing the tournament with a .943 save percentage and 1.66 GAA, leading his team to a bronze medal finish. Looking ahead, now that the Hurricanes have locked up Cam Ward to a two-year extension, we expect Nedeljkovic to arrive in the NHL in time for the 2018-19 season and take over as the Hurricanes' No. 1 starter. For now, he will continue to hone his craft in the minors.
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Gets starting nod
GPittsburgh Penguins
February 20, 2024
Nedeljkovic will defend the blue paint versus the Islanders at home Tuesday, Matt Vensel of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Cruises to win
GPittsburgh Penguins
February 15, 2024
Nedeljkovic stopped 28 of 29 shots in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Blackhawks.
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Starting in Chicago
GPittsburgh Penguins
February 15, 2024
Nedeljkovic will guard the road goal versus the Blackhawks on Thursday.
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Downed by Minnesota
GPittsburgh Penguins
February 10, 2024
Nedeljkovic made 27 saves in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Wild.
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Tending twine versus Wild
GPittsburgh Penguins
February 9, 2024
Nedeljkovic will defend the cage on the road against Minnesota on Friday, Penguins play-by-play announcer Josh Getzoff reports.
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