Calder Watch: Top rookie goalies and prospects 

December, 2, 2009
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On Tuesday, Jeff from Washington D.C. called me out about not including Caps' kid goalie Semyon Varlamov in my most recent Calder ratings. While I remain comfortable with last Wednesday's top five rankings, I thought I should offer my thoughts on Varlamov and the other key rookie goaltenders. So here's a look at the five rookie goalies who have played enough games to matter in the first two months of the season.

Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins (7-2-2, 2.02 GAA, .929 SP)
The 22-year-old Finn had the net for six straight games in mid-November while starter Tim Thomas recovered from a hand injury. In those half-dozen starts, Rask went a very solid 4-1-1, surrendering just 11 goals. The Bruins acquired their goalie of the future in a deal with the Leafs, who drafted Rask in the first round (21st overall) of the 2005 draft. I really like Rask's upside. I suspect he'll challenge Thomas for the starting job sooner (maybe next season) than you might expect.

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.

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