The Vegas Golden Knights were down to their fourth string goaltender when they went to Maxime Lagace on October 30th. Oscar Dansk had been the latest victim, following Marc-Andre Fleury and Malcolm Subban to the injured reserve list. Last night, Lagace was pulled after allowing seven goals on 29 shots and Dylan Ferguson saw his first NHL action. The fifth-string goaltender is just 19-years old and began the year in the WHL, but got to see his dream come true on the highest stage.
Now, John Shannon of Sportsnet tweets that Ferguson’s dream may not end so quickly. Shannon speculates that because of a possible Lagace injury, Ferguson could be forced to start on Thursday against the Vancouver Canucks. Lagace injured his back when Deryk Engelland fell on him (and put the puck in the Vegas net in the process) but stayed in the game as long as he could. There will likely be an update later on the situation from the Golden Knights at some point today.
Even if Lagace is healthy enough to gut out another game, it’s not like he’s been outstanding for the team. In eight appearances he has a .860 save percentage, a number that simply won’t cut it in the NHL. Interestingly though, Vegas has been hesitant to use any assets to acquire another goaltender, including cap space. Louis Domingue for instance had cleared waivers before being traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning, while Calvin Pickard was waived and then traded by the Golden Knights themselves. If Lagace is held out for any length of time, the team would have to sign or trade someone. Ferguson is the last goaltender under an NHL contract in the entire organization.