December 12, 2010
Worcester Sharks (AHL) goalie Alex Stalock(notes) robbed Trent Campbell of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in Sunday night's 4-3 shootout win with a lunging, full-extension glove stop that's an instant save-of-the-year candidate. Check out the athleticism here:
All we can say is, "Wow." That wasn't for the save, mind you, but for announcer Eric Lindquist's Dick Vitale impression after that "CIRCUS SAVE BY STALOCK!"
Leahy and I debated this save vs. the one by Tim Thomas this month, and Leahy gives the nod to Timmay because he feels Campbell may have flubbed the shot. I'm giving it to Stalock because his body positioning forced him to make a more athletic stop, but it's close.
Stalock is considered by many as a potential franchise goaltender for the San Jose Sharks. He's not one of your fundamentally sound keepers; instead, his athleticism and instincts allow him to, in the words of FanHouse blogger Bruce Ciskie, "just find a way" to make a big save. Here's Fear The Fin on the save and Stalock's future:
Stalock has improved from a rough start to the 2010-2011 campaign, currently boasting a .905 SV% compared to the .893 he had twelve starts into the year. It's not the stat line many had hoped for from San Jose's top goaltending prospect, especially in what many expected to be a development year that would lead to a transition into the NHL, but there's no doubt that the raw athleticism displayed on this save is an asset that will keep the organization intrigued with his potential.
And haunt the waking nightmares of opposing players like Trent Campbell.