Alex Georgiev finished his third season with the Rangers as the third goalie on the depth chart. This wasn’t by any fault of his own. Igor Shesterkin appears to be the goalie of the future, and Henrik Lundqvist served as the backup in the postseason. The three headed goalie monster was mostly unfair to Georgiev, but his numbers were still solid.
Georgiev finished the season with a 3.04 GAA and .910 SV%, behind Shesterkin but a bit ahead of Lundqvist. There is some context needed here, like with Lundqvist’s report card. The narrative for a while has been that Lundqvist faces the harder work load. On the surface, that would appear to hold true. After all, Hank got the starts early when the Rangers were atrocious. Georgiev started getting the starts once the team started playing better.
However once we look at the numbers, we see that isn’t the case. Georgiev actually faced a harder workload, albeit by a small margin, than Hank. The season long numbers, beyond GAA and SV%, weren’t overly pretty for Georgiev.
Results Over Time
A consistent theme this year is evaluating the players over time. The Rangers were a disaster to start the season, and performed much better as time progressed. The theory would apply to the goalies as well.
Georgiev was the exact opposite actually. As the Rangers as a team started playing better, Georgiev’s results actually got worse. Though this does vibe with how the season went for the Rangers.
- October-November: Disaster
- December: Better process, bad goaltending
- January-February Magical
- March: Too short
- August: Three games
The season was better this year than last for Georgiev, which is always a good thing to see. However it is worth noting that Georgiev’s advanced stats do have him as below average, even this season. It’s something to keep an eye on.
Alex Georgiev Report Card: C+
Charts from chartinghockey.ca.