In the 2021-22 Player Review series, we will evaluate the 2021-22 performances of each key member of the Golden Knights. Players were evaluated based on overall performance in the regular season with regard to pre-season expectations and how that player performed in his particular role.
Logan Thompson likely didn’t expect to play a major role for the Vegas Golden Knights this season, and even though he only appeared in 19 games, he was the goalie the team called upon down the stretch when Robin Lehner was unable to start due to injuries. During a short span of time Thompson provided a glimpse of what he could be at the NHL level, and he will likely get every opportunity to be the team’s backup this fall.
Season In Review
Thompson appeared in 19 games and posted a record of 10-5-3 with a 2.68 goals against average and a .914 save percentage. Per Evolving-Hockey, Thompson saved 3.95 goals above average, and 2.2 goals above expected. It is a small sample size, but this chart highlights Thompson’s performance relative to the team that skated in front of him.
Here you can see that he performed admirably in the face of a Golden Knights squad that was playing a less than full strength, but that didn’t matter to Thompson. He was asked to perform expectations down the stretch as the Golden Knights chased a playoff spot, and if it weren’t for his efforts the team would have been eliminated a lot earlier than they were.
A big story for the Golden Knights was their inability to score in the shootout, and Thompson did all that he could three games in a row vs. the San Jose Sharks, Dallas Stars, and Chicago Blackhawks. Had those games gone differently there’s no telling what may have happened, but the fact remains that Thompson was the one who gave them a chance.
Thompson is in line to backup Robin Lehner next season, and he very well could be in a position to take the crease for himself. Lehner’s had middling results with the Golden Knights, and carries a cap hit of $5 million a season for three more seasons. I’d be shocked if he plays out his contract with the Golden Knights, and I think the team will try and give Thompson some time to prove himself this year and possible next before making a long-term decision on their goaltending.
Knights On Ice grade: B+