Troy Grosenick

by Zachary DeVine on March 15, 2017

Troy Grosenick - Photo Courtesy of theAHL.com

Troy Grosenick, G

Catches: L

Height: 6-1

Weight: 185

Born: 1989-08-27

Hometown: Brookfield, WI, USA

Drafted: Signed as Free Agent

 

Observations:

March 2017 – The remarkable resurgence of Grosenick continues. Previous concerns regarding the sample sizzle effect were unfounded, and the 27-year-old goalie is the backbone of the AHL leading Barracuda. Grosenick had back-to-back shutouts of the Grand Rapids Griffins (first place in the Central) and San Diego Gulls (third overall in the AHL in point percentage) this past weekend for his league-leading ninth shutout of the 2016-17 campaign. Impressively, the technical aspects of Grosenick's game are improving as well. His puck tracking is better than it was early in the season and his rebound control is noticeably improved as well. As a UFA this offseason, the Sharks may have to bid farewell to the former Union College standout. Vegas coming into the league opens at least two jobs at the NHL level and other teams have struggled to find reliable backup goaltending. Grosenick could be a dark horse for an NHL role next year. Zachary DeVine

 

January 2017 – The improved play of Grosenick is a big part of the early success of the Barracuda. Grosenick boasts a 2.12 GAA and .928 save-percentage and a whopping five shutouts in 20 appearances. The strong start for Grosenick resulted in him being named to his first AHL All-Star Classic. One minor concern is that of Grosenick’s nine wins, five of them have been shutouts. In his non-shutout games, Grosenick is 4-6-2 with a 4.17 GAA and .903 save percentage. Grosenick is undoubtedly hot, but a bigger sample size is required to judge if it is truly a step forward regarding skill or a case of sample sizzle. Zachary DeVine

 

December 2016 – The resurgence of Grosenick has been great in the first part of the San Jose Barracuda season. Grosenick's stat line is impressive either way with a 1.98 goals-against average and .930 save percentage in 14 appearances. He earned AHL player of the week for Dec. 12 after back-to-back 3-0 shutouts over the San Diego Gulls as well. Grosenick had three consecutive shutouts and didn't allow a goal for over 248 minutes during a four-week stretch. Grosenick's play is much more consistent, but the results are still hot and cold. Five of his six victories have come via shutouts, and one win came in relief when he allowed no goals in a period of action. When he does give up a goal, Grosenick is 0-4-2 with a 4.02 goals-against and .870 save percentage, a stark contrast. It's hard to argue with a goalie who wins when giving up no goals, but consistency from start to start is still a work in progress. Zachary DeVine
 

October 2016 – Grosenick spent the summer with noted goalie training Adam Francilia and working on the mental aspects of the game including eye training in Minnesota. Training camp went well, with Grosenick looking my calmer in net, staying on his feet longer, being less acrobatic in the crease. In the second Barracuda preseason game, Grosenick gave up five goals on 20 shots two of which were poor reads on the play. Grosenick will compete with newcomer Mantas Armalis for playing time with the Barracuda this year, which will need to be a big bounce-back effort from the 3.36 goals against average and .894 save percentage in 28 appearances.  Zachary DeVine

 

June 2016 – Troy Grosenick had an up and down campaign in his third year as a professional. He posted a disappointing .894 save percentage and 3.16 goals-against average while appearing in only 28 games with the San Jose Barracuda. More disappointing was the lack of playing time down the stretch, as Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer turned to Aaron Dell over Grosenick in the push to chase down the final Calder Cup Playoff spot in the Western Conference. With Grosenick firmly on the bench, the Barracuda qualified for the postseason only to lose in the first round against Southern California rival the Ontario Reign.

It has been hard for Grosenick to find a consistent level of hockey. Grosenick has been a goalie that depends on his ability to battle for the puck over sound positioning, and there are technical issues with over pursuit of the puck as well as finding himself out of position with decent, not great, footwork. Complicating the situation further is the one-way contract Grosenick will be on for the 2016-17 season. The Sharks need a backup goaltender, but Grosenick has not even been able to solidify his grasp on the starting AHL netminder job in the organization. Grosenick has likely been passed over on the depth charts and could be in for another season of limited starts in the AHL as Mantas Airmalis coming over from the SHL next year as well. Zachary DeVine

 

August 2015 – If your first NHL game is indicative of how your career will go, Troy Grosenick is already shopping for a bigger house. He was recalled by the parent club on November 16, 2014 and proceeded to pitch a 45 save shutout. The magic wouldn’t last as he was sent down after his second game. Troy proceeded to lose the starting position in the AHL heading into the playoffs to Aaron Dell. With Martin Jones and Alex Stalock ahead of him, Grosenick will spend the season in Worcester. He will look to solidify his position as the number one goalie and look to battle for an NHL job in 2016-17. Cam Robinson

 

November 2014 – Grosenick, in his first NHL start, posted a 45-save shutout. With Alex Stalock sidelined for another week or two, Grosenick has earned another couple of starts and could make a lasting impression on team brass. Dobber

 

September 2014 – The young goalie didn't have much of a shot at gaining a spot with the expectation of there being a 1A/1B situation brewing between Niemi and Stalock.  However, as the season progresses, there is the possibility that Niemi will be dealt by the trade deadline, which would put him in line to become the new backup in San Jose. Tim Graveline

 

March 2014 – The goaltending factory in San Jose is working on a new product from the NCAA system, a place they do not normally dip into. Grosenick is an athletic goalie who gets himself into desperation save situations more often than not, making him a fun player to view. In the NCAA, he had a pair of seasons posing above .925 save percentages, while winning championships both years and being the top preforming goaltender in 2011-12. He is currently playing in Worcester of the AHL and has compiled more impressive numbers than veteran teammate Harri Sateri, but that isn’t a large compliment at this point. With the Sharks nearing another large ‘changing of the guard’ in the crease of their top tier team, any goalie within the system is worth keeping an eye on and Grosenick has a winning pedigree. Jason Banks

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: C

Grosenick's stock has experienced an uptick thanks to an excellent start to the 2016-17 season.

 

 

Footage:

Grosenick discusses his game and training camp.

 

 

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