Cap League Goalie Rankings

Alexander MacLean


The Salary Cap League Rankings are here! All of the top 62 goalies.


Here are the top 62 goalies to own in your salary cap league – September 26 edition. The list is finally here! The skater list has been coming out for a full year, and there are now goalie rankings to add to the equation.

The goalie list comes not only with a rankings system, but with value tiers. The tiers (also computed by a formula of mine) represent a more general view on a goalie's value taking into account a few overarching factors. Players such as Alex Stalock and Cal Petersen have higher ratings but show up lower down the tier rankings. The high ranking is due to their low cap hits coupled with an established floor with some possible upside. The lower tier is a result of them having uncertain volume, and the lower likelihood of hitting their upside in any given year. Unsurprisingly the first tier includes Carter Hart (also the rankings leader), Andrei Vasilevskiy, Jordan Binnington, and Vezina winner Connor Hellebuyck. These are your sure things, though they don't necessarily give you the best bang for your buck they will be worth the money that you pay them.

The new wave of Russian goalies is looking to take over, however the tier rating is cautious with ranking them as there is more uncertainty with them than you get with most goalies (and that is saying something). In general, aim to have the highest rated players if you are looking to be most cap efficient, but use the tiers if you just want to focus on having the best goalies and you are comfortable paying a little more for that security.

Standard pre-rankings note:

This isn't meant to be a be-all and end-all rating system for you to use without thinking and just trade your players for anyone above them on the list that you can find, but used with some foresight for managing salaries, I'm hoping that the list can help you mine value in trades, and at the draft table.

Cap hit is used for the player cost, so if your league uses salary or AAV, please account for that, as it can greatly change the impact of rookies. The rankings are set up so as to provide the most value in the current season, while providing some value in future years, based on modeling for predicted salary increases and production growth.

The stats used for the goaltenders attempt to balance both ratio stats as well as volume. For those of you with variations towards either end of the spectrum, leaning more towards volume or rate stats, you will want to account for that change in value. Same thing goes for setting variations such as: number of teams, salary space, or roster positions. This list is made to be a baseline guide for player evaluation, and to promote discussion and understanding of how to optimize rosters in a cap league setting.

If you note a mistake, or have any further questions about the ranking system, please let me know. You can find me on Twitter here @alexdmaclean. I'm not perfect, and the rankings won't be either. Comments help with optimizing the values.

We're sticking with the +/- 5.0 rating that Dobber uses on all of his rating schemes as the range for approximately equivalent value, and yes, the skater and goalie rankings are synced so that the value of a skater against a goalie can be compared.

All salary info is courtesy of capfriendly. Without further ado, the rankings:

 NameAgeCap HitYrsRatingTier
1Carter Hart22$730,8331265.211
2Igor Shesterkin24$925,0001197.052
3Ilya Samsonov23$925,0001193.272
4Alex Stalock33$785,0002186.924
5Pavel Francouz30$2,000,0002176.052
6Juuse Saros25$1,500,0001159.253
7Calvin Petersen25$858,3332150.555
8Jordan Binnington27$4,400,0001150.041
9Connor Hellebuyck27$6,166,6664148.711
10Thatcher Demko24$1,050,0001138.444
11David Rittich28$2,750,0001138.073
12Frederik Andersen30$5,000,0001137.042
13Ilya Sorokin25$2,000,0001128.243
14Andrei Vasilevskiy26$9,500,0008126.941
15Philipp Grubauer28$3,333,3331126.723
16Joonas Korpisalo26$2,800,0002123.363
17Ben Bishop33$4,916,6663121.682
18Jaroslav Halak35$2,250,0001121.523
19Tuukka Rask33$7,000,0001118.612
20Petr Mrazek28$3,125,0001117.664
21Elvis Merzlikins26$4,000,0002114.993
22Darcy Kuemper30$4,500,0002114.722
23Robin Lehner29$00113.464
24Kaapo Kahkonen24$00111.884
25Jacob Markstrom30$00110.083
26John Gibson27$6,400,0007109.893
27Mackenzie Blackwood23$00109.784
28Jonathan Bernier32$3,000,0001106.503
29Devan Dubnyk34$4,333,3331106.206
30Braden Holtby31$00105.774
31Pekka Rinne37$5,000,0001105.226
32Matt Murray26$00104.574
33Corey Crawford35$00103.146
34Jack Campbell28$1,650,0002102.035
35Tristan Jarry25$00101.413
36Mikko Koskinen32$4,500,0002100.245
37Laurent Brossoit27$0099.535
38Anton Khudobin34$0096.954
39Semyon Varlamov32$5,000,000395.355
40James Reimer32$3,400,000195.115
41Chris Driedger26$850,000194.943
42Linus Ullmark27$0090.725
43Antti Raanta31$4,250,000190.345
44Thomas Greiss34$0087.596
45Marc-Andre Fleury35$7,000,000286.085
46Jake Allen30$4,350,000184.724
47Brian Elliott35$0084.586
48Cam Talbot33$0083.795
49Sergei Bobrovsky32$10,000,000681.234
50Carey Price33$10,500,000679.803
51Mike Smith38$0079.386
52Alexandar Georgiev24$0078.515
53Carter Hutton34$2,750,000173.906
54Adin Hill24$800,000167.875
55Martin Jones30$5,750,000465.685
56Curtis McElhinney37$1,300,000165.416
57Jonathan Quick34$5,800,000362.056
58Malcolm Subban26$0054.435
59Aaron Dell31$0052.465
60Jimmy Howard36$0052.386
61Ville Husso25$750,000242.733
62Marcus Hogberg25$700,000141.125


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