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42 Robert Esche G
Height/Weight: 6-1/210 | Birthdate: 1/22/1978 | Birthplace: Whitesboro, NY, USA | Team: | College: | NHL Experience: 7 | Salary:   | Owned/Started%: 0/0

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6/24/2009

Robert Esche, G, PHI Esche staying in Russia

Robert Esche

Esche staying in Russia

News: Former NHL goalie Robert Esche told WKTV (Utica, New York) that he will honor the final year of his contract with St. Petersburg SKA and not return to the states in 2009-10. Esche drew interest from the Flyers and Coyotes.
Analysis: Esche, who last played in the NHL with the Flyers during the 2006-07 season, was 21-14-6 with a 1.87 GAA and .912 save percentage in 38 games for St. Petersburg SKA. The 31-year-old netminder showed he can still get it done playing against some of the best competition in the world. Philly was really hoping he would come back and be a backup to Ray Emery, who also played in Russia last season, but it wasn't in the cards. You can leave Esche out of your Draft Day plans.

6/21/2009

Robert Esche, G, PHI

Robert Esche

Esche ready to come back to NHL?

News: The Sports Xchange reports Ray Emery is the only goalie under contract for the Flyers heading into the June amateur draft. There is a possibility the club will re-sign Antero Niittymaki as a backup, but that seems unlikely as the club looks for some inexpensive experience on the free-agent market, perhaps by even reaching out to former Flyers netminder Robert Esche, who, like Emery, played in Russia last season.
Analysis: Esche, who last played in the NHL with the Flyers during the 2006-07 season, was 21-14-6 with a 1.87 GAA and .912 save percentage in 38 games for St. Petersburg SKA. The 31-year-old netminder showed he can still get it done playing against some of the best competition in the world. Esche had the best years of his career with the Flyers and was even a viable Fantasy option at times. However, it appears if he does return to the NHL, it will initially be as a backup. If that happens, he is going to have minimal Fantasy value Draft Day. Stay tuned.

10/15/2007

Robert Esche, G, PHI

Robert Esche

Esche still without team

News: With Antero Nittymaki and Martin Biron on board, the Flyers no longer have Robert Esche on board.
Analysis: Esche is not worth holding onto in any Fantasy formats. He lost nine games and had a 4.33 GAA in limited action in 2006-07.

2/21/2007

Robert Esche, G, PHI

Robert Esche

Esche yanked in his return

News: Robert Esche allowed four goals on 14 shots before being pulled in Tuesday's game at Buffalo. Antero Niittymaki replaced him and stopped six of eight shots in the loss.
Analysis: Esche was making his first appearance since Feb. 3 against Atlanta, when he departed due to a stiff neck.

2/17/2007

Robert Esche, G, PHI

Robert Esche

Esche dresses as backup Sat.

News: Flyers G Robert Esche (neck) dressed as the team's backup goalie Saturday against the Rangers.
Analysis: Evem though Esche is back on the bench, he should only be used in Fantasy leagues which use average points per game in a scoring period.

2/16/2007

Robert Esche, G, PHI

Robert Esche

G Esche still sidelined

News: Robert Esche (neck) was still unable to play in Thursday's game against the Maple Leafs. Michael Leighton and Antero Niittymaki handled the goaltending duties in his absence.
Analysis: Esche remains day to day. Keep him reserved in all larger Fantasy leagues until he can officially return and prove his health.

2/13/2007

Robert Esche, G, PHI

Robert Esche

No rush for Robert Esche

News: Robert Esche (neck) remains on the mend and unable to suit up. Antero Niittymaki served as the backup to Michael Leighton in Monday's win against the Red Wings.
Analysis: There is no rush for Esche to get back, so keep him reserved in all Fantasy leagues until he can officially play and get back into the crease. Right now, that doesn't look all too soon.

2/10/2007

Robert Esche, G, PHI

Robert Esche

Esche doesn't dress Saturday

News: Flyers G Robert Esche (neck) was not in uniform Saturday against the Blues.
Analysis: Esche remains day to day. When healthy, he is only worth a look in the largest of Fantasy formats which average points per game in a scoring period.

2/9/2007

Robert Esche, G, PHI

Robert Esche

G Esche not in the lineup

News: Robert Esche (neck) did not dress for Thursday's game against the Penguins, as Michael Leighton served as the backup to starter Antero Niittymaki.
Analysis: Esche remains day to day. When healthy, he is only worth a look in the largest of Fantasy formats which average points per game in a scoring period.

2/8/2007

Robert Esche, G, PHI

Robert Esche

Esche bothered by neck spasms

News: With G Robert Esche still bothered by neck spasms, G Michael Leighton dressed for the Flyers for the first time and backed up Antero Niittymaki on Wednesday.
Analysis: Esche is not a recommended Fantasy option in most leagues right now. He is only a low-end option in leagues that use average scoring systems when healthy. He is a day to day candidate.

2/3/2007

Robert Esche, G, PHI

Robert Esche

Esche starts game in net

News: Flyers coach John Stevens opened Saturday's game against the Thrashers with Robert Esche in net -- but only for a few minutes while Nittymaki worked out a stiff neck. Esche faced only five shots, allowing Ilya Kovalchuk's breakaway goal 3:36 into the game, before he was lifted for Nittymaki 6:59 into the game with the score 1-1.
Analysis: Esche is not a recommended Fantasy option in most leagues right now. He is only a low-end option in leagues that use average scoring systems.

1/31/2007

Robert Esche, G, PHI

Robert Esche

Esche loses to Tampa Bay

News: Robert Esche allowed three goals on 33 shots in Tuesday's game against the Lightning to lose in a shootout.
Analysis: The Flyers are playing so poorly right now that he should be used only in Fantasy leagues of 12 or more teams as a No. 3 goaltender option.

1/27/2007

Robert Esche, G, PHI

Robert Esche

Esche gets rare start Saturday

News: Philadelphia's Robert Esche, who made his first start in goal Saturday since a 6-2 loss at Washington on Jan. 9, had 33 saves in a 2-1 loss to the Rangers.
Analysis: Esche and Antero Niittymaki are both going south right now in a hurry. Each is only worth a look as a No. 3 Fantasy goaltender in leagues of 12 or more teams at this point.

1/10/2007

Robert Esche, G, PHI G Esche allows six goals

Robert Esche

G Esche allows six goals

News: Robert Esche allowed six goals on 31 shots on net in Tuesday's game at Washington to take the loss.
Analysis: Esche and Antero Niittymaki are both going south right now in a hurry. Each is only worth a look as a No. 3 Fantasy goaltender in leagues of 12 or more teams at this point.

1/6/2007

Robert Esche, G, PHI

Robert Esche

Esche makes 22 saves in loss

News: Flyers G Robert Esche made 22 saves in a 4-3 loss to the Bruins on Saturday.
Analysis: Esche had been rolling right along and remains the starter for the Flyers with Antero Niittymaki nursing a hip injury. He is 3-2 since being named the replacement for Niittymaki. Esche remains a decent No. 2 or 3 Fantasy option in all larger leagues.

1/4/2007

Robert Esche, G, PHI

Robert Esche

Esche falls to the Rangers

News: Robert Esche allowed three goals on 29 shots in Thursday's game at N.Y. Rangers, but it was not good enough to avoid a loss.
Analysis: Esche had been rolling right along and remains the starter for the Flyers with Antero Niittymaki nursing a hip injury. He remains a decent No. 2 or 3 Fantasy option in all larger leagues.

1/3/2007

Robert Esche, G, PHI Esche beats the Islanders

Robert Esche

Esche beats the Islanders

News: Robert Esche completed his third straight 40-save win for the suddenly surging Flyers on Tuesday night at N.Y. Islanders. "I don't think anybody likes the way we played the third period, but on the same hand in the last 2 minutes when it was 3-2 it almost seemed like me had more composure than we had in the first 17 minutes," said Esche, just back from injury. "We just knew that we weren't going to allow ourselves to lose. That is a step in the right direction."
Analysis: Esche is suddenly getting it done and taking advantage of the fact Antero Niittymaki (hip) is sidelined. The other Philadelphia goaltender is 0-7-0 in his past seven, so this might be the chance for Esche to seize back the No. 1 job.

12/29/2006

Robert Esche, G, PHI

Robert Esche

Esche to take over as starter

News: Robert Esche, who was relegated to backup duties before he required surgery on the adductor muscle in his groin area, will carry the load for the Flyers while Antero Niittymaki is treated for irritation of his hip. Niittymaki will join the team on its trip to Raleigh, N.C., and then drive to Nashville for a checkup and a possible cortisone shot. Niittymaki received his first cortisone shot in September and is expected to need at least one more to get him through the regular season before undergoing off-season surgery. Esche made 42 saves, helping Philadelphia stop a franchise-record, 10-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.
Analysis: Esche could be used as a possible stopgap Fantasy option while Niittymaki is out with injury. It is likely though Niittymaki will regain his starting job once he comes back from injury. Just be patient and put him on your bench in the meantime.

12/29/2006

Robert Esche, G, PHI

Robert Esche

Esche ends Flyers futility

News: Simon Gagne scored two goals, Peter Forsberg had three assists and Robert Esche made 42 saves, helping Philadelphia stop a franchise-record, 10-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night. "Thankfully, we got the win," coach John Stevens said. "There haven't been a lot of smiling faces around here lately. The bottom line, I thought the work ethic and the fight on the puck was terrific."
Analysis: It appears safe to get him back into the active lineup for Fantasy Week 14 (Jan. 1-7) in all larger leagues and those formats which average points per game in a scoring period.

12/28/2006

Robert Esche, G, PHI

Robert Esche

Esche returns to the lineup

News: Robert Esche (groin) did not start Wednesday's game at Florida, but he replaced an injured Antero Niittymaki (hip) after two periods. He stopped eight of nine shots he faced.
Analysis: It appears safe to get Esche back into the active Fantasy lineup in all larger leagues which average points per game in a scoring period.

12/22/2006

Robert Esche, G, PHI

Robert Esche

Esche ready to make return

News: Flyers G Robert Esche could be cleared to backup Antero Niitymaki on Saturday, but likely won't make a start until Wednesday or Thursday when the Flyers play back-to-back games at Florida and Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Before Esche got injured, he made six starts and had a 5.64 GAA. The Flyers have been playing somewhat better as of late, but Esche is not a recommended Fantasy option seeing how Niittymaki gets most of the starts in Philly.

11/29/2006

Robert Esche, G, PHI

Robert Esche

Esche has successful surgery

News: TSN.ca reports Robert Esche underwent successful surgery to repair a torn groin or abductor muscle on Wednesday.
Analysis: Esche is expected to be sidelined two to four weeks. Martin Houle has been recalled from Philadelphia of the AHL to serve as the backup to Antero Niittymaki, who has been getting a majority of the starts lately anyway.

11/16/2006

Robert Esche, G, PHI

Robert Esche

Esche might not play Thursday

News: Whether or not Robert Esche will be there as well remains to be seen. Esche played well (37 saves) in the 7-4 win in Anaheim Wednesday night and has had plenty of rest this season with just six starts.
Analysis: If Esche sits, it will be another indication that coach John Stevens is convinced Antero Niittymaki is the Flyers' No. 1 goalie. Niittymaki has gotten 12 of the club's first 18 starts. Neither he or Niittymaki should be used in any Fantasy league right now as the Flyers (3-10-1) are off to their worst start in franchise history.

11/7/2006

Robert Esche, G, PHI G Esche stumbling along

Robert Esche

G Esche stumbling along

News: Robert Esche did not start in Monday's game at Toronto, as he has struggled mightily this season. Antero Niittymaki was in between the pipes in his absence.
Analysis: Esche is 1-3 with a 5.32 goals-against average this season. Neither he or Niittymaki should be used in any Fantasy league right now as the Flyers (3-10-1) are off to their worst start in franchise history.

11/4/2006

Robert Esche, G, PHI

Robert Esche

Flyers yank goalie on Saturday

News: The Capitals chased Flyers goaltender Robert Esche on Saturday by scoring four times on eight shots in the opening period. Antero Niittymaki allowed one goal on 11 shots in relief. The Flyers lost 5-3.
Analysis: Esche was fresh off his first win and shutout on Monday against the Blackhawks and that is a big reason he got the start on Saturday. However, Niittymaki is still expected to get the majority of starts for the Flyers. The Flyers TG is still not a strong start right now. The team is just 3-9-1 on the season.