Ranking the NHL's top 10 goalies: Andrei Vasilevskiy, Igor Shesterkin lead the way

No gamer in hockey has more of an influence on the video game than the goaltender. A fantastic goalie can take a win or bring a group on a long postseason run — however discovering one is simpler stated than done.

On the other hand, groups can play exceptionally well, just to have bad goaltending nab defeat from the jaws of triumph.

With a lot volatility and unpredictability at the position, there is no much better sensation than having a goaltender you can rely on for 50-plus starts per season. The 10 netminders on this list supply that and a lot more to their particular groups.

All objectives conserved above typical and high-danger save portion numbers thanks to Natural Stat Trick.

10. Tristan Jarry | Pittsburgh Penguins

The No. 10 area eventually boiled down to 2 goaltenders for me: Jarry and Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury won the Vezina Trophy in 2021, however he had a hard time behind a horrible group for the majority of last season. Jarry thrived with the Penguins, amounting to 21.10 objectives conserved above average in 2021-22, which ranked seventh in the NHL. After a rather unstable very first year as the full-time starter in Pittsburgh, Jarry had the ability to recuperate and show that he was more than deserving of that function. If Jarry had actually been healthy for the Penguins’ whole playoff series versus the New York Rangers, they may have used into the 2nd round.

9. Frederik Andersen | Carolina Hurricanes


Andersen’s last 2 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2019 to 2021 were abysmal, and it was reasonable to question whether he had actually anything left in the tank. That’s why it was unexpected when the Hurricanes selected to target him last offseason. Ultimately, it showed to be another wise relocation by that company. Andersen had a resurgent season with the Hurricanes. His objectives versus average of 2.17 ranked 2nd in the NHL, and he was 6th in objectives conserved above typical with 22.07. If Andersen continues to dip into this level, Carolina will be a genuine Stanley Cup danger once again in 2022-23.

8. Thatcher Demko | Vancouver Canucks


Following Demko’s breakout efficiency in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Canucks felt comfy letting Jacob Markstrom walk in totally free company. So far, that has actually appeared like a great choice. Over the last 2 seasons, Demko has actually been exceptional, and his 23.09 objectives conserved above typical ranks seventh because time. The remainder of the lineup in Vancouver does not precisely offer Demko much aid, so the conventional numbers might not blow anybody away, however he regularly offers the group a possibility to be competitive.

7. Darcy Kuemper | Washington Capitals


Hard as it might be to think, Kuemper has truly just invested a complete season as a beginning goaltender two times throughout his profession. Last season was among them, and he was exceptional for the Avalanche playing behind the very best lineup in the NHL. His 25.19 objectives conserved above typical ranked 4th in the league, and his 0.852 high-danger save portion was likewise among the very best. In the playoffs, the Avs raised the Cup in spite of an underwhelming proving from Kuemper, however there is sufficient proof to recommend that he is an enormous upgrade for the Capitals this season.

6. Jacob Markstrom | Calgary Flames


Since ending up being a starter for the Vancouver Canucks in 2017, Markstrom has actually been among the most stable goaltenders in the league. The one exception would be the 2020-21 project, his very first with the Calgary Flames. Still, Markstrom got better well in 2015 with 26.10 objectives conserved above typical and a high-danger save portion of 0.849 to show he is still among the leading gamers at his position. Behind a packed Calgary Flames lineup, and in Darryl Sutter’s exceptional system, Markstrom must continue to flourish.

5. Connor Hellebuyck | Winnipeg Jets


Hellebuyck remained in factor to consider to be a little bit greater on this list, however a down 2021-22 season, a minimum of by his requirements, knocked him. Still, Hellebuyck is among the very best goaltenders in the NHL. For much of his profession, Hellebuyck has actually been on the getting end of a shooting gallery with the Jets blue line. In each of the last 4 seasons, Hellebuyck has actually led the league in shots dealt with and conserves. In 3 of those 4 seasons, he has actually led the NHL in objectives enabled. Despite the screen in front of him, Hellebuyck has actually conserved 40.78 objectives above average in the last 3 seasons, which ranks 4th because time.

4. Ilya Sorokin | New York Islanders


In 2020-21, Sorokin played in simply 22 video games behind Semyon Varlamov, however he carried out well adequate to take control of the crease last season. He thrived in his more popular function and was a clear brilliant area in what was otherwise a devastating 2021-22 project for the Islanders. Sorokin was 2nd in the NHL with 29.78 objectives conserved above typical and a conserve portion of 0.925. If the Isles can discover a method to offer Sorokin some run assistance under brand-new head coach Lane Lambert, they must remain in for a bounce-back year in 2022-23.

3. Juuse Saros | Nashville Predators


When Saros initially reached the NHL, the knock on him was that he was too little to be a contemporary NHL goaltender. But what Saros does not have in size, he offsets in speed and method. Over the last 3 seasons, Saros ranks 3rd in the NHL with 50.32 objectives conserved above average, and he likewise boasts an outstanding high-danger save portion of 0.830. Saros’ worth to the Predators was on display screen when he missed out on the group’s playoff series versus the Colorado Avalanche last season. Nashville got shelled by the ultimate Stanley Cup champs, enabling 21 objectives in a four-game sweep.

2. Igor Shesterkin | New York Rangers


The 2022 Vezina Trophy winner remained in a league of his own last season, and he was the greatest reason the Rangers got to the postseason and went on a go to the Eastern Conference Finals, where he went toe-to-toe with Andrei Vasilevskiy. In 53 video games played, Shesterkin conserved an unbelievable 44.83 objectives above average. The next closest goaltender was the New York Islanders’ Ilya Sorokin with a GSAA of 29.78. Shesterkin’s luster continued in the postseason, where he led the league in GSAA once again at 11.91. Shesterkin has actually developed himself as an elite goaltender, and he might extremely well remain in the leading area at this time next year.

1. Andrei Vasilevskiy | Tampa Bay Lightning


Shesterkin is coming off a crazy season, however Vasilevskiy’s durability puts him at the top of this list. Vasilevskiy has actually been dipping into an all-world level given that he took control of the beginning function in Tampa in the 2016-17 season. In that time, he has actually conserved 97.15 objectives above average. Then, there are his outstanding playoff numbers. Over the Lightning’s run of 3 straight Stanley Cup Final looks, Vasilevskiy has actually published a combined objectives versus average of 2.11, conserve portion of 0.928 and 26.85 objectives conserved above average while winning the 2021 Conn Smythe Trophy. No matter how you slice it, Vasilevskiy rules supreme in the crease today.

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