Well, the best so far, anyway.
I’ve been critical of Semyon Varlamov in the past, and until this season, it’s been somewhat justified. He’s been fine enough, but by last year he was expected to be something more than “fine enough,” and he posted a 2.59 GAA and a .913 save percentage, which is just under league average.
BUT HO! Ho, ho, he’s off to a hell of a start this season.
He’s gotten into 12 games for Yaroslavl Lokomotiv (Vitaly Kolesnik has played 13, Curtis Sanford 8), and, well, here’s how he’s played:
Boo-yah. And hey, a Bobrovsky sighting too (16th).
He’s only been scored on 20 times after seeing over 400 shots. If you’re the Avs, you have to love how things are going for him, especially given that he’s only 24, and the prime of goalies tends to last a lot longer than that of your average skater. He’s first in goals-against-average, and first in save percentage, aided by the fact that he’s posted shutouts in a quarter of his games. Not bad.
When the NHL lockout ends next week, he’ll be back in the Avs’ awful sweaters (sorry), and ready to backstop one of the league’s youngest teams. In a severely shortened season, who knows – could he bump the Avs in to playoffs?