Only a handful of backup goalies can entice fantasy owners like the 28-year-old from Alberta. Coming off a rookie season operating as the understudy to Martin Jones, Aaron Dell crafted an 11-6-1 record along with robust peripherals (2.00 GAA, .931 save percentage) over 17 starts and 20 games in all. It didn't take long for daily players to meticulously track his scheduled starts, using the low-priced goaltender as a building block for lineups otherwise stacked with elite-level skaters. As a true testament to his perseverance, Dell kept Lithuanian prospect Mantas Armalis -- now an unrestricted free agent -- off the NHL's ice for the entire campaign. Consider handcuffing Dell to Jones in season-long leagues and lock him up in DFS when the matchups are juicy.
Dell allowed one goal and made 20 saves in a 3-1 victory against the Flames on Saturday. The Sharks yielded a goal late in the second period that cut their lead in half, but San Jose held on in the third. Dell finished his first NHL regular season with stellar numbers -- 11 victories, .931 save percentage and 2.00 GAA in 20 appearances. He will likely see even more work next season now that he's proven himself capable at the NHL level.
Dell will be between the pipes Saturday against the Flames, Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News reports. The 27-year-old netminder has posted a 10-6-1 record this season while recording a .930 save percentage coupled with a 2.06 GAA -- not bad for your rookie NHL season. Martin Jones has played a substantial majority of this season's games; nevertheless, Dell definitely has shown he can be a long-term fantasy threat.
Dell stopped all 12 shots he faced in relief of a struggling Martin Jones in Friday's 5-2 road loss to the Flames. Dell may have quieted some naysayers after his awful performance against the Stars last week, when he surrendered six goals on 29 shots on the road. After all, that's been an outlier to an otherwise stellar campaign for the backup tender. Counting Friday's flawless outing, Dell has computed a 10-6-1 record, 2.06 GAA and .930 save percentage with a shutout. Generally speaking, coaches tend to ride their starting goalie until the wheels fall off in the playoffs, but Dell's strong campaign coupled with Jones' late-season struggles should at least give bench boss Peter DeBoer something to think about ahead of hockey's most important time of year.
Dell yielded six goals on 29 shots in Friday's 6-1 loss against the Stars. It was actually a rare poor showing for Dell, who had allowed a total of 11 goals over his past seven starts. Dell continues to be a serviceable No. 2 netminder in seasonal pools allowing daily moves. He is also a solid DFS option going forward, although he obviously did no one any favors in this outing.
Dell will get the starting nod against the Stars on Friday, Curtis Pashelka of CSN Bay Area reports. Dell has basically split starts with Martin Jones for all of March, a clear indication that the Sharks are attempting to keep their No. 1 fresh for the postseason. The 27-year-old Dell's stellar performance has certainly played a big role in that decision, as he has posted a 10-5-1 record for the year along with a .936 save percentage. The netminder will square off with Dallas, which has performed significantly better at home -- 19-12-6 at the American Airlines Center.
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