Rating each beginning goalie within the NHL for the 2021-22 season



No place or participant can change a workforce greater than an incredible goaltender (or a foul goaltender if that occurs to be the case). So we’re going to check out all 32 beginning goalies within the NHL and rank them from Andrei Vasilevskiy in Tampa Bay to Carter Hutton in Arizona and everyone in between.


Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning

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It’s virtually unfair {that a} workforce this good additionally has one of the best goalie on this planet. It makes them virtually not possible to compete with and makes them a reliable Stanley Cup contender each season. Since turning into the Lightning starter in the beginning of the 2016-17 season he has by no means had a single save share decrease than .917, has been a Vezina Finalist 4 instances and received it one time. He has additionally performed each minute of the Stanley Cup Playoffs the previous two seasons for a back-to-back Stanley Cup winner, by no means needing a time without work and by no means getting benched at any level throughout these playoff appearances. 


Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets

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Hellebuyck has been masking plenty of defensive flaws in Winnipeg for years now and preserving them aggressive. He has constantly been the league’s chief in video games performed, minutes performed, photographs towards, and saves for 4 years now and has not solely been one of many league’s most sturdy goalies, however he has additionally been probably the greatest performing netminders as properly. Throughout that point he has received a Vezina Trophy, been a finalist one different time, and completed within the top-four of the voting in one other season. Give him a bit little bit of defensive assist and the Jets would have main potential. 


Juuse Saros, Nashville Predators

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Saros has solely been a full-time starter for 2 seasons, however he single-handedly carried Nashville to a playoff spot in his most up-to-date season and possibly ought to have obtained extra Vezina Trophy consideration than he did. He has been constantly sturdy when given a possibility all through his profession, and the Predators are going to want him to be dominant once more this season if they’ll have any likelihood at making the playoffs in a tricky Central Division. 


Semyon Varlamov, New York Islanders

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The important thing for Varlamov is solely staying wholesome. When he’s, he is usually a top-tier goalie within the NHL. He has been wholesome since becoming a member of the New York Islanders two years in the past and has been a key cog of their consecutive runs to the Jap Convention Last/semifinal spherical. What’s fascinating concerning the Islanders’ state of affairs, although, is that they’ve a top-tier goalie and it’s only a matter of time till he takes a again seat to Ilya Sorokin, one other potential top-tier goalie.


Igor Shesterkin, New York Rangers

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There’s plenty of projection right here, and a few of it’s primarily based on potential, however Shesterkin seems like the actual deal within the Rangers’ web and a worthy inheritor obvious to Henrik Lundqvist. He has simply 47 video games of NHL expertise underneath his belt, however he has a .922 save share in these video games whereas not at all times enjoying behind an incredible defensive workforce. He’s going to be a significant a part of the Rangers’ rebuild and in the event that they do get to the place they wish to be he’s going to play a major position in that. 


John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks

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His numbers have dropped a bit the previous two seasons, however I’m going to chalk that as much as the qualify of the Geese workforce round him. It’s not good. In any respect. And he has needed to face a major workload on prime of that. There’s solely a lot he can do behind that workforce proper now. 


Marc-Andre Fleury, Chicago Blackhawks

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It is a powerful one. If we go by what we noticed most not too long ago when he took house the Vezina Trophy a 12 months in the past? In all probability the top-three. However that efficiency was an enormous step from what we noticed from the previous couple of years when he really misplaced his beginning job to Robin Lehner and Vegas seemed to be prepared to maneuver on from him after the 2019-20 season. He’s nonetheless a freakish athlete and has a slam dunk Corridor of Fame recipe. It’s only a matter of how a lot high-level play he nonetheless has left. The Chicago Blackhawks are hoping it’s not less than yet one more season. Given the state of their protection and total roster, they’ll want it. 


Darcy Kuemper, Colorado Avalanche

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Kuemper had some nice seasons behind some awful Arizona groups the previous couple of years and now he’s going to get an opportunity to play behind probably the greatest defenses within the NHL in Colorado. The Avalanche are hoping he may be the lacking piece to their Stanley Cup-winning puzzle. His potential mixed with Colorado’s total roster energy may result in a profession 12 months for Kuemper. 


Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens

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It is a powerful one as a result of when Value is at his greatest, as he was within the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and his previous couple of playoff appearances, he can nonetheless carry his workforce in a approach that few different goalies can. We simply don’t see that stage from him on a constant foundation anymore. He’s beginning the season taking a go away of absence to enter into the participant’s help program and it isn’t but identified when he will probably be again within the Canadiens’ lineup, however it’s anticipated he’ll return this season. 


Philipp Grubauer, Seattle Kraken

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Seattle made a major funding in its goaltending place throughout its preliminary roster development, snagging Grubauer and Chris Driedger. Grubauer has been an excellent starter in Colorado for the previous three years and has constantly posted sturdy numbers when given a possibility to play, coming into the season with a .920 profession save share in his 215 profession appearances. Going from Colorado to an growth workforce is a reasonably important drop in expertise, however the Kraken did spend some huge cash on its protection through the growth draft course of. This will probably be what provides them an opportunity this season. 


Elvis Merzlikins, Columbus Blue Jackets

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Merzlikins needs to be one of many few brilliant spots in Columbus this season. He has solely performed two years within the NHL however has already proven the Blue Jackets sufficient that they have been keen to decide to him with a long-term contract. He has a .920 profession save share coming into the season and has been an ideal alternative for Sergei Bobrovsky the previous two years. That was one free company loss that truly labored out properly in Columbus’ favor. If the Blue Jackets are going to remain aggressive this season it’s going to be due to Merzlikins. 


Robin Lehner, Vegas Golden Knights

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From the second Lehner arrived in Vegas it has appeared that coach Peter DeBoer and the Golden Knights entrance workplace have wished him to be the workforce’s beginning goalie. Following the offseason commerce of Marc-Andre Fleury to Chicago, that’s precisely what they’ll get this season. Lehner has been one of many league’s best goalies for a number of years now however has not ever actually been a workforce’s clear-cut No. 1 starter. He has largely performed in a platoon or break up position. Now all eyes are on Lehner for a Golden Knights workforce that has Stanley Cup expectations. 


Thatcher Demko, Vancouver Canucks

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Demko is much from a completed product, and he doesn’t have a ton of NHL expertise simply but, however he does have a powerful begin to his profession regardless of enjoying behind what’s oftentimes a shaky defensive workforce. The 2020-21 season was his first 12 months as an NHL common and he performed admirably contemplating the circumstances (unhealthy defensive workforce in entrance of him, their season being disrupted by COVID, first time as a full-time beginning goalie). The Canucks do have a very spectacular core of younger expertise, and Demko might be a major a part of that merely primarily based on the significance of his place. 


Carter Hart, Philadelphia Flyers

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By the tip of this season, Hart might be as excessive because the top-10 or as little as the bottom-10. We simply have no idea at this level. He’s presupposed to be the goalie that ends Philadelphia’s long-time frustration on the place. Throughout his first two years within the NHL, he appeared like he was on observe to perform that. Then he struggled by means of a completely abysmal 2020-21 season that fully sabotaged the Flyers’ probabilities. There won’t be a participant within the NHL that may have an even bigger influence on their workforce’s total efficiency this season than Hart with the Flyers. 


Jacob Markstrom, Calgary Flames

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Throughout his time in Vancouver Markstrom was one of many steadiest goalies within the NHL. Sturdy, constant, possibly not a goalie that will steal you plenty of video games however definitely not one that will lose you plenty of video games. Undoubtedly, any individual {that a} contending workforce can win with. He was rewarded in free company with a significant contract from the Calgary Flames, however his debut season in Alberta was in all probability thought-about a major disappointment. The Flames want him to bounce again, and at 31 he ought to nonetheless be capable to try this and have some first rate seasons forward of him. 


Jordan Binnington, St. Louis Blues

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Binnington has a variety of potentialities on any given evening. At instances he seems just like the goalie that arrived in the course of the 2018-19 season, solidified the Blues’ goaltending place, then backstopped them to a championship. At different instances he has appeared positively odd. At different instances, like his previous two postseasons, he has been vulnerable to some main meltdowns. Probably the most correct evaluation is that he’s in all probability by no means pretty much as good as he seems at his peak and by no means as unhealthy as he seems at his worst. That makes him a reasonably common goalie. workforce just like the Blues can win with a median goalie. 


Mackenzie Blackwood, New Jersey Devils

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Just like Hart in Philadelphia in that he was excellent throughout his first two years within the league after which struggled badly in his third season. That positively makes this a pivotal 12 months for him in his improvement, particularly for a Devils workforce that’s going to want him to be nice to remain aggressive in a ridiculously sturdy Metropolitan Division. He is without doubt one of the 4 NHL gamers this season that’s unvaccinated so that may positively influence his availability in sure highway video games. 


Cam Talbot, Minnesota Wild

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After a few down years in Edmonton (a straightforward factor to occur) Talbot has actually bounced again the previous two years in Calgary and Minnesota, and now varieties a very strong duo for the Wild alongside Kaapo Kahkonen. Talbot’s not a goalie that’s going to steal plenty of video games for you, however he’s a strong veteran that may cease the photographs he’s presupposed to cease. If he provides you a number of bonus saves on photographs he shouldn’t cease, that could be a bonus. 


Anton Khudobin, Dallas Stars

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Assuming Ben Bishop is wholesome the Stars have 4 NHL-caliber goalies of their group with Bishop, Khudobin, Braden Holtby, and Jake Oettinger to select from. Khudobin has been the first participant the previous couple of years so we are going to put him within the starter spot. He had a down 12 months in 2020-21 however has been excellent for essentially the most half since becoming a member of the Stars. He has an incredible protection in entrance of him that may assist insulate issues. The Stars want to only discover a bit extra offense to assist out the protection and goaltending. 


Jack Campbell, Toronto Maple Leafs

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Campbell was an surprising shock for the Maple Leafs within the second half of the 2020-21 season and performed higher than he’ll get credit score for within the playoffs. He simply occurred to get outdueled by Carey Value. The query goes to be if he can duplicate that success over a full season for a workforce dealing with extra stress than every other workforce within the NHL to win. 


Cal Petersen, Los Angeles Kings

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We’re going to assume the Kings do the sensible factor and go together with Petersen as the first goalie over Jonathan Quick. With all due respect to what Fast has achieved in his profession, he’s not one of the best goalie on this roster. Petersen has solely appeared in 54 NHL video games in his profession however has constantly performed properly, proudly owning a .916 save share coming into the season. The Kings have a ton of younger expertise of their group, however the protection continues to be very a lot a piece in progress. That may take a look at Petersen and Fast fairly a bit this season. 


Alex Nedeljkovic, Detroit Red Wings

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Nedeljkovic was an enormous success for the Carolina Hurricanes a 12 months in the past, having a Calder Trophy-worthy season (he completed within the top-three of the voting). So it was a bit beautiful to see them commerce him to Detroit within the offseason. That’s till you notice that Nedeljkovic had by no means actually performed at that stage at any level in his profession at any stage and there’s a likelihood that it was a fluke. The rebuilding Pink Wings are keen to take that gamble. If it really works out, they’ve the goalie place locked down for years. 


Ilya Samsonov, Washington Capitals

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The Capitals have had excessive hopes for Samsonov for fairly a while, and the 2020-21 season was presupposed to be his time to shine as their starter. It didn’t go as deliberate. He was out and in of the lineup all 12 months on account of COVID protocols and struggled when he did play. He nonetheless has a ton of expertise and potential, however he must take an enormous step ahead this season. He’s one other goalie that would finish the season within the top-10 or the bottom-10 relying on how he performs. 


Tristan Jarry, Pittsburgh Penguins

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If we go by what we noticed most not too long ago from Jarry he’s in all probability within the bottom-five of the league, or even perhaps decrease. That’s how a lot he struggled towards the tip of the 2020-21 season and within the Stanley Cup Playoffs the place goaltending fully decided the result of their First Spherical sequence towards the New York Islanders. However he needs to be higher than that. He’s higher than that. The query is how a lot better. He has been an All-Star in his profession and nonetheless has potential. The Penguins simply have to see him notice it. 


Linus Ullmark, Boston Bruins

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Tuukka Rask stays unsigned, so the Bruins are ready to enter the season with Ullmark and Jeremy Swayman as their goaltending duo. Ullmark signed a reasonably important long-term contract in free company this offseason and figures to enter the season because the starter. He performed properly behind some completely dreadful Buffalo groups the previous couple of years and will get far more assist than he’s used to with the Bruins, who’re nonetheless a reliable Stanley Cup contender. That would lead to a profession 12 months for him. 


Frederik Andersen, Carolina Hurricanes

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The Hurricanes goalie duo of Nedeljkovic and Petr Mrazek was really one of the crucial productive duos within the league through the 2020-21 season. They fully changed it with Andersen and Antti Raanta. This could have been the league’s greatest duo 4 years in the past, however now each goalies have severe query marks given their age, latest efficiency, and up to date damage historical past. Andersen actually struggled the previous two years in Toronto. They nonetheless have the flexibility to be productive goalies, and possibly a platoon position is what fits them each greatest proper now so they don’t have to tackle the workload of a full-time starter. 


Matt Murray, Ottawa Senators

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Such a wierd profession. He received back-to-back Stanley Cups throughout his first two years within the league (each when he was thought-about a rookie nonetheless) and the Penguins selected to maintain him over Marc-Andre Fleury (the proper transfer on the time). However his profession has been mired by damage and inconsistency ever since and has had two consecutive years with a sub-.900 save share. The Senators are paying him some huge cash for one more three seasons. 


Sergei Bobrovsky, Florida Panthers

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The Panthers gave Bobrovsky a seven-year, $70 million contract with the hopes he would give them Vezina-worthy play in purpose. He has received the award twice in his profession as a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets. He has not performed anyplace near that stage for the Panthers. He has not solely not performed anyplace nearer to that stage, it’s only a matter of time till Spencer Knight, arguably the highest goalie prospect in hockey, takes over this job. If the Panthers are going to understand their potential as a Stanley Cup contender they may in all probability want that to occur sooner quite than later. 


Mike Smith, Edmonton Oilers

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Smith had a very sturdy season for the Oilers a 12 months in the past, however there are some doubts as as to whether or not he can repeat that success. For starters, he is without doubt one of the oldest gamers — and oldest goalie — within the league. His 2020-21 efficiency was additionally fairly the outlier from his latest seasons. Taking part in behind a weak protection and a foul defensive workforce is definitely not going to assist. 


Adin Hill, San Jose Sharks

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Perhaps this can be a little low for Hill, however he’s a very unknown. He has performed 49 video games in his profession and has been strong for many of them. He’s going to be enjoying behind a San Jose protection that has plenty of large names and massive contracts however is quickly declining. Goaltending has been an enormous difficulty for the Sharks for years now, and their long-term starter won’t be on the roster simply but. 


Aaron Dell, Buffalo Sabres

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Only a tough state of affairs in Buffalo proper now. The roster is horrible, and Aaron Dell and Craig Anderson are going to need to be miracle staff to make this season be something aside from a whole mess. They don’t seem to be miracle staff. 


Carter Hutton, Arizona Coyotes

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Goaltending was in all probability the Arizona Coyotes’ largest energy the previous couple of seasons with Darcy Kuemper, Antti Raanta, and Adin Hill occupying the place. When wholesome, they have been in a position to preserve them in video games and preserve them aggressive with a lower than stellar roster. However the rebuild and free company has drastically lowered that goalie depth. Hutton is anticipated to be the Coyotes’ starter this season however he has struggled the previous three years since having that nice 12 months with the Blues a number of years again when he led the league in save share. 




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