The Wild have three goalie prospects that, in my opinion, all have demonstrated potential to be a starting goalie in the NHL.
Hackett has the most experience in the AHL. He was also very solid in his short stint in the NHL. With him having the most professional experience and getting as many starts as possible with the Aeros, it appears he's the highest on the depth chart of the goalie prospects.
Kuemper won accolades in junior and has been great in the AHL.
Gustafsson won gold for Sweden in the WJC and has been great in the SEL.
So, of these three goalies, who do you believe will be the Wild's goalie of the future?
And, to create more discussion, would you trade one of them this season (deadline or in off-season) or do we want another season to see how they develop to make sure we don't trade away the best one?
Gustaffson. Kid was great for Sweden in last years wjc. Winning player of the game in the gold medal game. On the biggest stage he has ever been on he posts a shutout while getting barraged by scoring chances. Ice in his veins!
No need to trade any of them right now. Our goaltending isn't as stable as it may seem with Backstrom's age and Hardings health questions. I think with goalies, it's best to have as many options as possible.
I think he's calmer in net than Hackett who tends to over-play his angles. And I think he's also got higher end athleticism. Also, a small nitpick, Hackett is a borderline liability handling the puck and Gustafsson excels here.
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I'd think we could eventually get something decent for Kuemper, but I don't think I'd trade him yet. Let's see how our goalie situation shakes out over the next 2 seasons and then we can maybe talk about trading one of the goalie prospects.
I've been on the Kuemper train and will stick with it. Hackett has never had better stats, and generally gets the more favorable starts.
I'm convinced if Hackett and Kuemper had started their pro careers at the same time, Kuemper would be getting more starts.
Gustaffson has really impressed...as for his style progressing to the NHL game well I'm not sure. He plays very deep in his net has a wide stance and relies on reflexes a lot.
That being said his rebound control and consistency are great and the numbers he is putting up in the SEL and his WJC numbers have been unreal.
For him I think he's a long term project as is Kuemper. Kuemper like Gustaffson has an excellent track record that includes CHL goalie of the year.(not an easy award to win) But needs at least 2-3 years of AHL experience and he needs to start stealing more starts from Hackett before he gets my vote.
Both have the potential to be starting goalies IMO but for right now the label of goalie of the future has to be put on Hackett because he is the closest and will be the first of the 3 to play in the NHL regularly.
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I've seen Keumper play and everything about him screams Justin Pogge all over again. Style, previous performances, how he appears to handle pressure...
Maybe a sports psychologist could hypnotize these young goalies to stop replaying the last weak goal they let in and focus on the *now* and stop the next one...
Gus to me is the best of the 3 and will not be going anywhere.
Kuemper or Hackett will eventually get moved, I see Hackett as the odd man out just because he may have the most value because of what he has shown. Would I trade Hackett for a 2/3 rd pick???? seems like a bad deal, may as well ride them all out and see what shakes down.