Igor Shesterkin

Igor Shesterkin

28-Year-Old GoalieG
New York Rangers
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Most goalies would love for a 2.48 GAA, .916 save percentage and 37-13-8 record to qualify as a down year. That's Shesterkin's line from 2022-23, which pales in comparison to the year before but still makes him a clear top-5 netminder heading into 2023-24. Shesterkin will be backed up by Jonathan Quick this year, so there's a clear path to 60 games if Shesty can stay healthy. Shesterkin figures to go off the board within the first three rounds of most fantasy drafts, and with a team still in the midst of its competitive window, he should have no trouble racking up wins. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $22.7 million contract with the Rangers in August of 2021.
Extends win streak to five
GNew York Rangers
February 23, 2024
Shesterkin stopped 39 shots in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Devils.
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Don't look now, but Shesterkin is back in elite form after a bumpy beginning to the season. The 28-year-old netminder has won five straight starts while allowing only 10 goals on 183 shots (.945 save percentage), and over his last 11 outings Shesterkin is 8-2-1 with a 2.39 GAA and .920 save percentage. The red-hot Rangers have climbed to the top of the Metropolitan Division and sit one point back of the Bruins for the top spot in the Eastern Conference -- Jonathan Quick has been a reliable fill-in while Shesterkin got himself sorted out, but now that he has, expect New York to lean more heavily on its workhorse goalie down the stretch.
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Any fantasy manager lucky enough to have Shesterkin on their roster a season ago was rewarded with one of the best seasons by a goaltender in NHL history. His 2.07 GAA and .935 save percentage both led the league, while adding 36 victories and six shutouts. Shesterkin won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender, while finishing third in voting for the Hart Trophy as league MVP behind only Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid. It's a stretch to expect a repeat performance given how dominant Shesterkin was a year ago, but he won't turn 27 until the end of December and even a minor dip in his numbers would still result in Shesterkin being one of the best netminders in the game. He has a real chance to be the first goaltender off the board in fantasy leagues this coming fall.
Shesterkin was up and down in his first season as New York's No. 1 goaltender in 2020-21. He played better than his 16-14-3 record suggests, but Shesterkin allowed at least four goals on eight different occasions in addition to missing 10 games in the middle of the year with a groin injury. There was nothing wrong with Shesterkin's 2.62 GAA and .916 save percentage, but both of those numbers could easily improve given the fact the Rangers have made a concerted effort to add grit, toughness, and responsible defensive players to their lineup this offseason. There's top-10 fantasy upside here, if not more, and Shesterkin could be available at a slight discount on draft day.
There's no denying Shesterkin's talent, which was on full display during his 12 brilliant games with the Rangers last season, in which he racked up 10 wins thanks to a .932 save percentage. He's one of the league's most exciting prospects in net, but the path to elite netminding is never smooth, and the Rangers have another young goalie they can turn to in Alexandar Georgiev. Shesterkin showed great poise in limited viewings, but how effective he can remain over an entire season is still up in the air. He has fantastic long-term value in fantasy, but he'll enter the 2020-21 campaign with some inherent risk due to his limited sample size. Still, Shesterkin's upside is essentially unmatched, making him worthy of an early-round pick in most fantasy formats.
Shesterkin is a dynasty leaguer's dream, but his path to immediate playing time is blocked by the duo of Henrik Lundqvist and Alexandar Georgiev in net. The 23-year-old absolutely dominated KHL competition as the goalie for SKA Saint Petersburg -- a powerhouse team in a league that more resembles European soccer with its lack of parity. He posted a minuscule 1.11 GAA along with a .953 save percentage in 28 games last season, and Shesterkin will look to adjust to life in North America quickly so he can challenge Georgiev for the backup job. Expect Shesterkin to start the year in the AHL in order to maximize his playing time, but know that his ceiling is about as high as it gets for a goaltending prospect.
We're at least a season away from the Rangers putting the “York” in Shestyorkin, but it's never too early for dynasty owners to start keeping an eye on one of the best young goaltenders in the world. Shestyorkin has dominated in the KHL over the past two years, backing up a 1.64 GAA and .937 save percentage in 2016-17 with 1.69 and .933 marks last season for SKA Saint Petersburg. The 22-year-old Russian's contract is up at the end of the 2018-19 campaign, and with Henrik Lundqvist getting up there in age, Shestyorkin could contribute right away if the Rangers can coax him into coming over to North America next season.
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Slated to face Devils
GNew York Rangers
February 22, 2024
Shesterkin is expected to start on the road against New Jersey on Thursday, per Colin Stephenson of Newsday.
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Sharp in fourth straight win
GNew York Rangers
February 21, 2024
Shesterkin made 41 saves in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Stars.
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Taking on Dallas
GNew York Rangers
February 20, 2024
Shesterkin will start between the pipes in Tuesday's home game versus the Stars, Colin Stephenson of Newsday reports.
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Hangs on for OT win
GNew York Rangers
February 18, 2024
Shesterkin made 36 saves in Sunday's 6-5 overtime win over the Islanders.
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Facing Islanders
GNew York Rangers
February 18, 2024
Shesterkin will start Sunday's Stadium Series game versus the Islanders, Mollie Walker of the New York Post reports.
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