9:33AM: Larry Brooks tweets that Shesterkin’s call up is not related to the other two goalies and that it’s likely he will start tomorrow against Colorado.
9:17AM: The Rangers have announced that Igor Shesterkin has been called up from Hartford.
From the Rangers 1/6 Prospect Report:
“He has impressed all season long. No matter the type of game or the amount of work, he is always calm and focused. The players have a lot of confidence when he is in the net.” – Hartford Wolf Pack Head Coach Kris Knoblauch on Igor Shesterkin
“He comes in on a nightly basis, and he makes saves most goalies can’t. It makes things a lot easier having him back there.” – Hartford Wolf Pack defenseman Nick Ebert on Igor Shesterkin (Credit: Hartford Wolf Pack)
From the Rangers 11/11 Prospect Report:
“He reads the play and anticipates what the other team is going to do so well, he’s got a lot of hockey smarts. That’s why he hasn’t had much of an adjustment period coming over to North America.” – Hartford Wolf Pack Head Coach Kris Knoblauch on Igor Shesterkin (Credit: Hartford Wolf Pack)
Henrik Lundqvist was ill on Saturday in Vancouver while serving as the back up.
From the Rangers release:
- Shesterkin, 24, has appeared in 23 games with the Wolf Pack this season, posting a 15-4-3 record, along with a 1.93 GAA, a .932 SV%, and 3 SO.
- He has been selected to play in the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic, as he leads the AHL in GAA, ranks second in wins and SV%, and is tied for third in shutouts in 2019-20.
- Shesterkin has allowed one goal or fewer in 12 of his 23 appearances this season.
- He has earned a win in each of his last four appearances, posting a 1.00 GAA, a .964 SV% (106 saves on 110 shots), and 1 SO in the four games, and he allowed one goal or fewer in three of the four contests.
- In addition, Shesterkin was named the AHL Goaltender of the Month for the month of October, which was the first month of his AHL career.
This is Shesterkin’s first time being called up to the NHL.
Shesterkin can be sent back and forth to Hartford without waivers. Alex Georgiev now requires waivers if he were to be sent to Hartford.
Shesterkin’s contract also includes a European Assignment Clause that would allow him to return to the KHL, though the Rangers would still have the ability to call him back.
Adam Rotter: The Rangers practice at 12PM today and that is when we will likely get an indication of why Shesterkin was called up. His play in Hartford has been more than deserving of a recall but with both Lundqvist and Georgiev having strong overall seasons, there hasn’t been a big need to add him. It would seem strange to add him and carry three goalies but the Rangers may feel that it’s time to bring him up and that the awkwardness of a three goalie rotation will be dealt with.
Shesterkin has carried over his dominant KHL play to the AHL and while the NHL will surely be another step up with a possible adjustment period, there is no indication he will be anything other than the future number one he has been made out to be. Maybe this is short-term, Shesterkin gets in a few games before the All-Star break and the Rangers make a plan of action for after the All-Star break. Maybe Shesterkin plays so well that he doesn’t allow the Rangers to send him down. His performance itself will answer a lot of questions but the Rangers are surely prepared, or preparing themselves, for a three-goalie rotation and/or the possible trade of Alex Georgiev.