Goaltenders can be very difficult to project and evaluate from one level to the next. Their numbers are often influenced by the team around them and they change a lot from ages 16-22.Goaltending is the one area of recruiting that has baffled me since Wilcox. With that being said, I have been very impressed with Close this year and really appreciate how calm he plays and always seems to be positionally sound. I have no issues with his performance this year.
Dryden McKay also had a terribly old and great defense in front of him last year and he won the Hobey. Is McKay better than Close, probably, but you’re defense is there to help the goalie. I agree Close is probably the weakest link on the team, besides long shifts chasing goals. There is no reason Close can not backstop this team to a NCAA Championship. Cause if not now, when.Close has one of the best college defenses ever in front of him. Let's see what he can do in upcoming big games. St. Cloud, Michigan with all their players, and the tournament. Last year in the biggest game of the year (FF semi) he basically had his worst game.
Not to be harsh, but goaltending is obviously the weakest link and the Gophers O and D need to overachieve to not leave games up to a goaltending battle. I don't want it to come down to Chrona vs Close when it counts.