Top 10 (Fantasy) Goaltenders in the NHL

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Who are the best goaltenders to own in fantasy hockey? The list continues to change considerably from year to year….


I have a few general rules when it comes to building a team in a fantasy hockey keeper league. One of the more important ones is to not plan beyond a two or three year window. You are not building a real NHL club, and too often we place an emphasis on age, upside, and potential over proven veterans with gas still left in the tank. So using my general rule, take a look at your team(s). Can you realistically say you will have a shot at winning the league at some point within the next two or three seasons? If not, time to scrap the rebuild and start adding proven NHL talent.

Here are my past lists ranking the best (fantasy) goaltenders in the NHL:

Keeping the above rule in mind, I have compiled a list of the top ten keeper league goaltenders  to own (assuming standard keeper league rules and scoring categories). Using the two or three season scope, I had to balance proven production with younger goalies who are making a name for themselves in the NHL (or elsewhere).


Clarifying what "standard categories" means, here is the league format that I am basing my selections on:

  • 12 to 15 teams
  • Start 4 C, 4 LW, 4 RW, 6 D, 2 G (5 Bench)
  • G, A, +/-, PIM, PPP (power play points), GWG (game winning goals), Hits, SOG (shots on goal)
  • Wins, Saves, SO, GAA, SV %


Goaltenders are difficult to evaluate relative to skaters (in fantasy hockey, at least). Thankfully, we have learned a lot over the years from Justin Goldman, who remains my go-to source for all goaltending information. And a keeper league scope changes things a bit (although the top goalie on my list is also the best goalie in the league in my opinion).

I also consulted the DobberHockey forums for some help in putting this list together, and you can check some other people's thoughts and rankings right here.

1. Carey Price

Rank in 2012: 3
Rank in 2011: 2
Rank in 2010: 10


Price is the best goaltender in the league. He is extremely fluid and efficient in net, and he never looks rattled. Probably because he never is rattled. His calm demeanor has been a staple of his game as far back as minor hockey. He was the exact same type of goaltender in the WHL, AHL, and internationally for Canada. Montreal plays a structured defensive game, but their success starts and ends with #31 in goal. Price is young, confident, and in a great situation to post fantastic goaltending numbers for the forseeable future. A slam dunk for the top spot.