The top ten Goaltenders in the league today

I'm a goaltender at heart and just love goalie discussions. I know that this will be subjective to everyone around here, but I feel that there can be some agreements. This list I am making is for this season who is the best goaltenders in the league. So just because they have had amazing seasons in the past or their career is better doesn't mean they will be high on this list, or listed at all. If I miss anybody or you disagree please comment and we can discuss why you believe what you do

#10 Cam Ward

Ward has had many up and down seasons since winning the cup and Conn Smyth trophy for the Hurricanes. This season however Ward is in the top ten for stats in almost every single category on a team sitting only a couple of points out of a playoff spot. I am sure if you ask most Canes fans they would say that Ward is keeping them in the playoff hunt in the East.

#9 Thomas Vokoun

Vokoun has been one unlucky goaltender. Pretty much his whole career, Vokoun has been stuck on less than mediocre teams. None the less, he has always been consistent and great on teams that are pretty bad. This year isn't any different as Vokoun has had a great year on one of the worst teams in the East. Having a .922 save percentage on a team playing so bad is quite a feat. Hopefully Vokoun gets his chance to play for a good team by the trade deadline as his name has come up in many rumors.

#8 Jonas Hiller

Hiller has been a great goaltender for the Ducks his whole career. His crazy to think he is just coming into his goaltending prime and should be one of the best for years to come. The Ducks are doing pretty good with him in the nets as Hiller is tied for the league lead in wins. We will see if Hiller can keep it up for the rest of the season.

#7 Carey Price

Price is having one of his best statistical seasons for the Canadiens this season. Definitely causing Habs fans to forget who Halak was. I am happy for Price, whose young career almost ended as quick as it started int he last few years. Playing goaltender in Montreal is probably the hardest job in the league with all the pressures that come with it. Do I think he would be one of the top goalies in the league if he wasn't playing in Montreal? Heck yes I do! But the young Price is showing he can handle the pressure so far. We will see if things go south for the team and Price how long it takes Montreal fans to be calling for his head again. For his sake, I hope it doesn't.

#6 Marc-Andre Fleury

Fleury is always at the top of the league when it comes to goaltending and this year is no different. Albeit, it does help having Crosby and Malkin on the team to do the scoring. Fleury is having a good year and could even raise his stock the rest of the year if the Pens continue to be a dominant force in the East. Fleury is right in the middle of the top ten in every single category and just goes to show his overall consistency.

#5 Ondrej Pavelec

Pavelec has been a goaltender of consistency since breaking into the league. Although some of his stats look bad due to the fact that he plays for Atlanta. But the addition of Dustin Byfuglien has really helped the team and Pavelec. He is second in Save % and top 10 in goals against and his Thrashers are currently in a playoff spot. This is huge after the team was supposed to be terrible this year. It definitely helps when you have the likes of Pavalec and Buff teaming up in the back end of things.

#4 Pekke Rinne

This one was a tough one for me, but the stats can't lie for a goaltender. On a surprising Nashville team, Rinne has been one of the biggest bright spots. Rinne is top 3 in save % and GAA for a Nashville team sitting fourth place in the conference. It has been pretty tough in the win column for Rinne, and you have to say this team needs to find a way to win with Rinne in nets because his stats are off the charts for only 13 wins. I believe Rinne is a great goaltender and if he were playing for a team, say the Avalanche or San Jose he might be considered the top goaltender this year.

#3 Henrik Lundqvist

Lundqvist and his Rangers are sitting pretty in the middle of a playoff spot currently, and one has to wonder if they would be without King Henrik in between the pipes. Lundqvist is having a good year for a Rangers team that can't catch a break with the injuries. Things have gotten so bad that they even had to trade for underachieving Wojtek Wolski from Phoenix. But injuries and jokes aside, Lundqvist is having a great year racking up 5 shutouts and being near the top in almost every other statistical category. The guy is a great goaltender that knows how to use his size for his benefit. The Rangers should easily be a playoff team and with a roster that should only get healthier as the playoffs near, they will be a force to compete with.

#2 Roberto Luongo

Lu has been quite the goaltender since he joined the Canucks and always seems to be at the top of the league when it comes to goaltending. This year of course is no different since he is number 2 on my list. He is near the top in almost every single category for goaltending and he also always seems to steal games for the Canucks. As an Avs fan I am used to seeing Luongo on a regular basis and have shouted a few curse words in his direction during those games. Lu only has 8 losses this season and when he is in between the pipes, the Canucks are almost always going to be a tough opponent (plus having Corey Schnider as a backup makes the Canucks hard to beat every night!).

#1 Tim Thomas

Well what can you say about Thomas? The guy continues to surprise everyone! Going from Vezina winner, to backup, to starter, to best goalie in the league again. The guy just won't quit. It is surprising to think at the beginning of the year everyone thought he might be traded. Wow someone would have gotten a steal. Thomas right now leads in save %, GAA, and shutouts with 6! He is also top 5 in wins as he has lead his Bruins team to 19 wins and the number 3 spot in the Eastern Conference. The guy may be unorthodox in his methods, but plain and simple, Thomas gets the job done. There is no denying that Thomas is a man possessed right now and the easy front runner for another Vezina. Now let's just see if he can keep it going into the playoffs, because I would hate to have to face him in the first round, second round, third round, heck any round!

Well there you have it, this was a tough list to make, and I am sure I forgot someone or put someone in the wrong place. However, I do know I got the number one pick correct. Flame away everyone!

15 Comments

George Prax's picture

I know Miller's not exactly having the best season but I would have still put him on the list. Not his fault they have no defense. Also, Jonathan Quick should be on your list. Otherwise good job Smile

Russell Dornisch's picture

Quick at the beginning of the season, maybe, or last season. But he has been struggling of late, so I didn't put him on the list. One of the criteria I was going for was consistency. As for Miller, same thing, he has not had his best season, and the goalies listed I felt are having better season. Plus Rinne and Vokoun have the bad defense too and they are still playing amazing.

Phil T's picture

No way I'd have Fleury that high. 9-10 perhaps.

Russell Dornisch's picture

Well expand on why you feel he shouldn't be there?

Justin Traviss's picture

Thank you sooo sooo much for not having Brodeur on this list.

Phil T's picture

Fleury has always been up and down and doesn't really steal games for the Pens the way other goalies do (Kipper, Price, Ward). He benefits from playing in front of a really, really good team and defense.

Russell Dornisch's picture

True, and I agree with Price and Ward, but Kipper this year hasn't been as good in the past. I have seen Fleury steal a few games, and with the NHL's love of the Penguins, I see it a lot in the highlights that Sportscenter shows.

THe biggest thing was I put him in the top 10, not really the top 5. Wouldn't put too much into spots 10-6 with most of those picks being interchangable for me. It was tough.

Phil T's picture

Fair enough.

And Kipper has very much stolen games for the Flames this year (especially at the beginning of the season). The Flames are offensively-challenged and don't have that good of a defense either... so it's pretty hard to keep good goaltending numbers. They play him almost every game and he faces a ton of shots so he's obviously starting to tire down a bit.

Patrick Storto's picture
Phil T wrote:

Fair enough.

And Kipper has very much stolen games for the Flames this year (especially at the beginning of the season). The Flames are offensively-challenged and don't have that good of a defense either... so it's pretty hard to keep good goaltending numbers. They play him almost every game and he faces a ton of shots so he's obviously starting to tire down a bit.

He's a piece of trash

Phil T's picture
Patrick Storto wrote:
Phil T wrote:

Fair enough.

And Kipper has very much stolen games for the Flames this year (especially at the beginning of the season). The Flames are offensively-challenged and don't have that good of a defense either... so it's pretty hard to keep good goaltending numbers. They play him almost every game and he faces a ton of shots so he's obviously starting to tire down a bit.

He's a piece of trash

You're from Toronto so you obviously have no idea what a good goalie looks like

Jonathan Szekeres's picture

Tim Thomas looks like he should be an insurance salesman or something. Still, hell of a goalie.

Cinerichabs88's picture

the list is good but miller is definetly infront of hiller and rinne, IMO. but good list none the less. i really dont like thomas, i know ihe's good but i find he's like Hasek and that style annoys me royaly.

George Prax's picture

One would argue he knows what a bad goalie looks like though Wink

Patrick Storto's picture

Yeah you're right, Kipper is a God, .901 save percentage and 2.73 GAA. What was I thinking.

I guess the fact that Calgary is bad is good explanation though. Oh right, back in 08 and 09 when Kipper went 39-26 and 45-24 respectively his save percentages were .906 and .903 respectively. But yeah, amazing.

Russell Dornisch's picture

This year Kipper has not been the goalie he usually is, he usually at least dominates the win Statistic for goalies but this year he isn't. I just couldn't justify him on this list for THIS season. Same thing goes for Miller. He has not been the same goaltender this season that he has in the past. So much I don't believe he is a top ten goalie this year. He is probably 11 or 12 in my eyes and this list is the top 10, not the top 15.