Kuemper has started 25 games this season and he is 15-8-2 in that span. He has a 2.17 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage.
After the start of this season, this selection is a no-brainer. Kuemper’s goals-against average and save percentage are both second in the league and he is getting early Vezina Trophy buzz for best goaltender in the NHL.
It’s not an exaggeration to say that Darcy Kuemper is a big part of the Coyotes’ success this season. While he is part of a tandem, Kuemper has started more games for the Coyotes and 15 of the Coyotes 21 wins have been with Kuemper in net.
Kuemper has been with the Coyotes since the 2017-18 season when the team acquired him from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Tobias Reider and Scott Wedgewood. The team would immediately re-sign him to a two-year, $3.7 million contract.
This will be Kuemper’s first appearance in an All-Star Game. So far he is the only Coyote heading to the All-Star Game, although you can vote for Clayton Keller for the NHL All-Star Last Men In ballot starting on January 1st.
The Coyotes have sent four goaltenders to the NHL All-Star Game, Nikolai Khabibulin (1998 and 1999), Sean Burke (2001 and 2002), Mike Smith (2017), and now Darcy Kuemper.
For those curious here are the rest of the players going to the All-Star Game: