Starting goaltender Josh Harding has been out for weeks, as the goalie has been getting treatment for his multiple sclerosis. He was having a amazing season (1.66 GAA/ .933 Save Percentage), but his return has been delayed several times already.
Harding’s original backup, Niklas Backstrom, also missed time with a lower body injury, but he wasn’t exactly playing well to start with. He has a miserable 3.02 GAA this year and the netminder has been forced into a backup role even upon his return.
The latest goalie to step between the pipes for the Wild has been Darcy Kuemper. The rookie has started eight straight games for Minnesota and the 23-year-old has been surprisingly impressive between the pipes.
Kuemper has posted a 6-3-1 record in January and has allowed two goals or fewer in six of his eight starts. He also posted an incredible .924 Save Percentage with a 2.26 Goals Against Average this month. He has quietly become a decent second fantasy goalie and the first-year player will be worth starting as long as he remains the number one netminder.
Kuemper is only owned in 32 % of CBS leagues right now and the rookie is certainly worth adding while he is on such a hot-streak. There are only so many starting goaltenders to go around, so add Kuemper immediately if you need another goalie.