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One game into the 2013 season and Semyon Varlamov looked like the goalie of old. Now under the watchful eye of this madman, Varlamov shined in the season opener making 36 saves in a 6-1 rout of the Anaheim Ducks. Varly was seconds away from recording his 12th NHL shutout before a Jakob Silfverberg rebound ended his bid with seven seconds on the clock.
Being both in a contract year and an Olympic one, the 25-year-old has plenty to play for if he wants to lead Russia in net come 2014 as well maintain the starting role in Colorado. Playing under one of hockey’s greatest goalies can only benefit the Samara native who has had a sub-par two years since coming to Denver. If last night was any indication of Varlamov’s true potential it could make Colorado the team to watch in the new look pacific division. We’ll be keeping an extensive eye on Varly this year as and Sergei Bobrovsky vie to be Russia’s number one.