He’s additionally one of many N.H.L.’s finest gamers at any place. He was named as one of many three finalists for the Hart Trophy for Most worthy participant in the course of the common season and is nearly assured to be awarded the Vezina Trophy as one of the best goalie. All of the proof voters wanted was his .935 save proportion and a pair of.07 targets towards common, each tops within the league.
Shesterkin, 26, was drafted out of Russia by the Rangers within the fourth spherical of the 2014 draft and has match seamlessly right into a line of Rangers goalies stretching again to the early Nineteen Nineties with Mike Richter, who was adopted, two years after his personal retirement, by Henrik Lundqvist in 2005.
“What a run of goaltenders now we have seen right here with the Rangers,” mentioned Eddie Olczyk, a TNT analyst and teammate of Richter’s on the final Rangers’ workforce to win a Stanley Cup, in 1994. “Goaltending has not been an issue for the Rangers, and when you’ve gotten it, you’ve gotten an opportunity to win each evening.”
Olczyk mentioned he spoke to Gallant months in the past about Shesterkin, and the coach raved to him concerning the goalie’s uncanny skill to learn, react and be in the suitable place forward of the shot or the go.
“I don’t suppose you hear that fairly often,” Olczyk mentioned. “He appears to know what’s going to occur earlier than it does. When that occurs, you’re taking part in five-card stud with six playing cards. It’s a fairly good hand to be taking part in with.”
Lundqvist was like that, too. He was nonetheless a Ranger when Shesterkin made his debut on Jan. 7, 2020. Shesterkin spoke little or no English then, and it was tough for Lundqvist to speak with him in an informal, in-depth method to get a way of who Shesterkin was. However he seen that his new teammate was fairly relaxed and chatty with the opposite Russian-speaking gamers on the Rangers, corresponding to Pavel Buchnevich and Vladislav Namestnikov, each of whom are not on the workforce.
Now a Rangers analyst on the MSG Community, Lundqvist mentioned Shesterkin’s easygoing demeanor was vital to the Russian goalie’s skill to resist stress and failure — what little of it he has had.