2. Will the goaltending be good enough in 2020-21?
Let’s face it, goaltending has been a problem in Minnesota for a while now and it culminated in a horror season for Devan Dubnyk in 2019-20, with the veteran stinking out the place with a 3.35 Goals Against Average and a .890 Percentage.
Talbot, who signed a three-year, $11 million deal in Free Agency, is younger than Dubnyk and is also a slight upgrade, while he’s coming off a nice bounce-back season where he put up a .919 Save Percentage and a 2.63 Goals Against Average with two shutouts in 22 starts for the Calgary Flames and finished 35th in goals saved above expected.
However, Talbot is not a high-end NHL starter and he’s been more miss than he has been a hit over the last few years, while Stalock hardly gives you any confidence as a backup given his body of work, although he was okay in 2019-20 with a .910 SV% and a 2.67 GAA.
While the Wild only really need to worry about the St. Louis Blues, the Colorado Avalanche and the Vegas Golden Knights in the West – the Ducks, the Coyotes, the Kings and the Sharks are all rebuilding and are still a way off – poor goaltending can sink any team and there are legit question marks over whether a less than inspiring tandem of Cam Talbot and Alex Stalock can get the job done for the Minnesota Wild in 2020-21.
Only time will tell.