Top-10 Fantasy Goalies

Justin Goldman




Before I begin, allow me to recite the Golden Rule of fantasy goalie rankings. "Explain the format, lay out the parameters and clearly state the stipulations that create every ranking." With that in mind, this year's Top-10 Fantasy Goalies ranking for one-year leagues is focused on volume. It includes goalies that I feel will not only play a ton of games and see tons of shots, but also make a high percentage of saves and have the best odds of playing consistently well from start to finish.


Understanding the value a ranking like this will have for many of you, I made sure to eliminate any "risky" picks and went with more of a surefire list. Last season was clearly an atrocity in terms of me having Tuukka Rask ranked first, and I have no problem admitting that.


I thought it was a risk worth taking, but obviously Tim Thomas had other plans.


So I'll leave you with this thought: When you look at last season's unexpected surprises, like Kari Lehtonen's 69 games played, or James Reimer's second-half breakout, or Michal Neuvirth's stellar rookie season, remember that anything can happen at any given moment and be prepared for chaos to happen again this season. It has already transpired with the injuries to Mark Dekanich, Antero Niittymaki and now Scott Clemmensen!



10. Jonas Hiller: After watching him stop all 21 shots he faced in two periods on Saturday night, I can safely say he's well on his way to reclaiming the rhythm he had in the first half of last season. There are serious question marks on Anaheim's blueline, but other than that, you can't discredit Hiller's ability to stop the puck. Last season he won 26 games in 49 appearances and posted a .924 SP%, so projecting similar success over the course of 65-70 games means he could win close to 35. But he's listed as 10th overall due to the fact that a couple of hard shots to the noggin could force him to take a few games off for precautionary measures.


9. Jonathan Quick: If Quick had any other backup besides Jonathan Bernier, he'd be ranked much higher on this list. But Terry Murray has stated numerous times that Bernier will get more looks, so I have to temper the 35 wins in 61 games Quick played last season. The Kings have improved their team on offense, but what type of impact will Drew Doughty's contract issues have in the defensive end and in the locker room? Regardless of external influences, internally speaking, whenever Bernier seems to push Quick for starts this year, I think Quick has the skill and intensity to push back even harder.


8. Roberto Luongo: When we talked about goalies under the most pressure to win last season, it was clearly Carey Price. This season, there's no mistaking the type of mental pressure Luongo will face to take Vancouver back to the Stanley Cup Finals. Since I also consider this to be the Cory Schneider showcase season, it won't be a cakewalk for Luongo. His workload will be lighter, making him less valuable overall. I also don't see him posting under a 2.25 GAA this season or posting more than 33 or 34 wins, either.


7. Carey Price: Last season's leader in wins (38) was also 2nd overall in total shots faced (2,147), making him the most valuable goalie to own last season. This year, despite the fact that most situational elements have maintained the status quo, there's still adjustments to be made. He's switching from Vaughn to