Prospect Impressions: Saves of the season featuring Condon, Nedeljkovic, Vasilevskiy, and more

By David Hahn

Mike Condon - Montreal Canadiens

Photo: Montreal Canadiens rookie goaltender Mike Condon was thrown into the fire early in the 2015-16 campaign after starter Carey Price went down with what was a season-ending injury (courtesy of Philippe Bouchard/Icon Sportswire)

 

7. Two-time ECAC champion Troy Grosenick fought hard in net for the newly formed San Jose Barracuda squad this season. The former NCAA Goaltender of the Year and Hobey Baker Award finalist had a bit of a down season by his standards. His sub-.900 save percentage left something to be desired, but you could never count Grosenick out. This diving effort shows off his determination to make the stop regardless of the situation.

Grosenick has one year left on his contract with San Jose, and is expected to push for a spot with the Sharks next season. His contract is a one-way deal for next year, so it will be interesting to see what the Sharks decide to do with Grosenick and returning netminders Martin Jones and James Reimer.

6. With Carey Price down and out due to injury, the Montreal Canadiens cage became the responsibility of Mike Condon, who carried that momentum into earning a start during the 2016 Winter Classic. It was a special start for Condon, who grew up just a few miles away from Gillette Stadium. Nursing a 3-0 lead late in the second period, Condon produced one of the best saves of his career on the big stage in front of friends and family.

Condon played in 55 games this season in Price’s stead, posting a 2.71 goals-against average and .903 save percentage as Montreal struggled in numerous ways in front of him. Under contract through the 2016-17 season, Condon is expected to return to Montreal next season.

5. Now in his third season as the starting goaltender for Frolunda HC in the SHL, Lars Johansson continues to get better with each consecutive season. Johansson finished the regular season first in goals-against average (1.74) and save percentage (.927), and was sparkling in the playoffs as Frolunda coasted to an SHL championship, the team’s first since 2005. His playoff performance was off the charts, and included a ridiculous save against Davos that effectively ended their series.

There are a number of outlets that are suggesting that Johansson might consider a move to North America for the first time, with the Chicago Blackhawks as one of the potential suitors.

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