5 goaltenders who could replace Arvid Soderblom next season

The Chicago Blackhawks have seen enough of Arvid Soderblom, and they need to find a viable replacement for him next season.

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Jaxson Stauber will get his chance if he finishes the season strong

Jaxson Stauber would be the first name on this list because he’s likely the popular choice among Blackhawks fans. Stauber’s numbers haven’t been all-world with the Rockford IceHogs, but he’s shown vast improvement from 2022-23 to 2023-24, and you can expect those numbers to again trend north in 2024-25.

Last season saw Stauber clock in a 3.32 GAA and an 0.894 save percentage to go with a below-average 6-8-0 record. While his save percentage this year is only a slightly better 0.896, Stauber also has a much-improved 3.05 GAA. 

It’s also worth mentioning Stauber’s small but encouraging sample size with the Blackhawks last season when he logged a 0.911 save percentage, a 2.81 GAA, five wins, and four quality starts in six appearances. While we shouldn’t expect Stauber to post identical numbers with Chicago next season should he be a replacement for Soderblom, the stats above show us he can handle the NHL.

Placing Stauber in Chicago as the 1B or No. 2 goaltender makes for an ideal situation in Chicago. He’s also had plenty of experience at various levels that include the USHL and the NCAA, and he excelled in each stop. 

But if the Blackhawks, for whatever reason, want Stauber in the AHL for another year, there are two younger free agents and potential trade pieces they can acquire.