Top 100 Keeper League Goaltenders – July 2020
Here are the Top 100 goaltenders to own in your points-only keeper leagues – July edition!
Back after a four-month hiatus (because, really, there was nothing to update), I made a few tweaks based on early hunches for next season. How these playoffs unfold will result in further tweaks in the coming months, before of course free agency steps in and makes a huge splash on all the values.
Goaltenders are the most difficult to rank, because beyond the first five or six… everything can shift wildly from year to year. I would honestly say that my top criticism received over the last two years was how highly I have Connor Hellebuyck ranked. And yet he was just made a Vezina nominee for the second time in three years! After being made one for 2017-18, his ‘haters’ (for want of a better term) called him a one-year wonder, and with a weaker 2018-19 they jumped on his high rating. But here is back up there again. And why? Because he’s a naturally skilled goaltender signed to a big, long-term contract, entering his prime and he has a reputation for mental toughness.
This is the reason I have Igor Shesterkin and Ilya Sorokin ranked so high. I don’t just jump on the wagon when these players enter the NHL. I follow their career from the moment they are drafted. I have an instinct for what I should be seeing in terms of numbers in whatever league they’re in, reputation from scouts around the NHL, and the progress from one year to the next. I also look at opportunity within their club – does the franchise have other options? Good ones? If not, then that certainly helps in terms of how many chances he will get and how soon he will get them. I won’t follow a goalie from when he is 18 until he starts getting NHL games at 24… and then bail on him if he struggles on and off in his second season. If I see sustained improvement for six consecutive years, shouldn’t I see sustained erosion for at least two or three before giving up on him? We are, after all, talking about goalies – where Bobrovsky can win the Vezina one year and then kill all fantasy leagues the next.
It’s tough to measure a proven, but fading veteran against an unproven rookie. Or a great 1B goalie on a mediocre team against a weak but clearly No.1 guy on a better team. All we can do is look at the projected win totals and quality starts in the coming season, and the season after that. Going to three seasons and beyond is throwing darts.
As always, use the ‘Tiers’ system when valuing goalies for drafting or trading. If you trade a Tier 2 for another Tier 2, it’s an equal trade. And when that stops being so – I’ll move a goalie up or down a Tier accordingly the next month.
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To see the rest of the Top 100 – visit Goalie Post, where we will have starting goalies up throughout the playoffs!
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