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Alexandar Georgiev Scouting Report: A Goalie With Promise

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I’ve been working the phones pretty hard since the Colorado Avalanche acquired goalie Alexandar Georgiev from the New York Rangers earlier today, for three draft picks. I talked to a couple of “hockey people” who have seen him play a fair bit, and I got a pretty good report card.

“Good quickness, has a lot of promise, needs to play more to establish himself fully,” one longtime pro scout told Colorado Hockey Now, on the condition his name not be used. “Has the potential to be a good No. 1 guy.”

Another management source from another team told me, “On a team like Colorado, he should fare very well. Has the occasional hiccup (bad goals) but he wants to play and has a good work ethic.”

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I also reached out to the obsessive Rangers guy who runs the excellent site “Forever Blueshirts.” They watch every single minute of every Rangers game obsessively and they provided me with this scouting report on Alexandar Georgiev:

“Alexandar Georgiev is a goalie that thrives on a solid workload and reps. He struggled this past season with spot starts, but when Igor Shesterkin was injured in January he found his game.”

I think it’s obviously strange that Darcy Kuemper didn’t come back to the Avs after winning a Stanley Cup. But that’s the way this business goes. When you win a Cup, everybody wants to get paid when their next contract is due.
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Rich

Both teams made out with this trade. Low risk high reward. With a new better D in front of him I expect he’ll excel.

Demetris Gray

I like it! I would like to see the Avs ask EJ to retire, and trade Girard for two beast defensemen. A few are out there. $11M could buy some D goodness!

Karl Keen

The Avs would still have to eat Johnson’s cap hit if he retires I would think. Maybe it can be spread out over two years to free up some cap space this year, but he and Byrum formed an effective team.

Glendon Gulliver

Why do we need beast defensemen? If we sign Manson, we have a top 6 defense and one that won the cup. What we do need is Manson or an equal replacement and a couple depth players. J.Johnson, Murray, and MacDonald are all UFA’s and may not return.

Karl Keen

MadDonald is so underrated in my opinion. That concussion really hurt his growth last season, but I would want him back. Same with Murray who was showing solid D play until he got hurt, which is unfortunately a problem for him

Wayne Dunlap

Exactly!

Matt Briggle

Those observations seem to be the consensus of the scouting reports I’ve seen so far since the trade happened. It seems like Georgiev is ready for a chance to be a starter in the NHL, and this seems to be as good of a place as any and for him better than most. If nothing else, I think the biggest pressure will be on Jussi Parkkila and how good of a goalie can he train him to be. The big benefit for the Avs is that it will save them $2-3 mil on the cap hit committed to goalies, so… Read more »

Wayne Dunlap

1 bad goal a game? So, in other words, same as Darcy but younger and with a lot more upside. I expect Darcy to return to the very average goalie he is when not playing behind our D (just like another guy who left for the cash). He was the weak link on a strong team that, as it turns out, didn’t need a goalie that could steal games. He should terrify the fans of whichever team gives him that long term deal. I’m glad it wasn’t us and I expect AG to be an improvement.

Last edited 4 months ago by Wayne Dunlap
NMAvs

My hope is he ends up being a goalie version of Val, guy who didn’t work out somewhere else but comes to Denver and excels better than anyone hoped, while on a cheaper contract. I remember liking Georgie when he first broke into the league but then he seemed to sort of go downhill in New York. Worst case is he is a relatively inexpensive flop and Frankie ends up as the starter which I think he’s capable of, so low risk move by Joe here. I think he’s hesitant to spend (and rely) too much on one stud goalie… Read more »

Nick R

Gyhh

Nick R

First off congrats on your Championship, As a lifelong Ranger fan You guys are getting a quality Goaltender in Georgie. He’ll frustrate you some nights But No doubt he’ll be a step up from your last one

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