Fantasy Hockey: Tuukka Rask Can Post Numbers Like Tim Thomas
A season-ending injury to starting goaltender Tim Thomas left the Boston Bruins scrambling to find a number one goalie.
Boston immediately re-signed goaltender Tuukka Rask to a one-year deal worth $3.5 million this off-season to ensure they have a reliable starter between the pipes. However, the move left many fantasy hockey owners questioning the reliability of Rask through an entire season.
Following the Thomas injury, the 25-year-old Rask has finally had a chance to show what he can do. Rask’s Goals Against Average (GAA) is currently a sizzling 1.96 and he has been a brick wall in net. He is also boasting a 3-0-1 record and has a rather amazing save percentage of 92.5%. Rask will likely get well over 30 starts in this shortened season, so fantasy owners should keep him active each week.
Last year, Thomas had a GAA of 2.36 and a save percentage of 92 %, which are both higher than Rusk’s current season totals. Many people wanted Rask as the starter even when Thomas was healthy last year, so the change of goalie may be more welcomed than people think.
Boston fans, and fantasy fans alike, should have complete faith in Rask throughout the rest of the 2013 season. He is an athletic, confident goaltender that saves a very strong percentage of his shots. Rask will prove that he can be a real starter in this league.
Rask will be a top-10 fantasy goaltender this season and will easily finish among the tops in the game in wins. Start him confidently as a second goaltender and watch him put up starter quality stats week after week.