Eastern Edge: Fantasy goalie tier list for 2021

Brennan Des

2020-12-29

In this week's Eastern Edge, we'll divide Eastern Conference goaltenders into tiers based on their fantasy hockey value. Keep in mind, there's a fair bit of subjectivity that goes into these tiers, so use them more to guide your own thinking than anything else. With that being said, feel free to share your own thoughts in the comments below!

 

Tier 1

Andrei Vasilevskiy – Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa Bay possesses one of the most talented rosters in the NHL – a statement which remains true even with Nikita Kucherov sidelined for the season with a hip injury.  From a fantasy perspective, Vasilevskiy finds himself in an optimal situation. He's an excellent, established goalie who also happens to be the undisputed starter for a team that just won the Stanley Cup. In other words, he's going to get a lot of starts, he'll win a lot of his games, and he'll put up solid numbers in the process. I can't confidently say the same for any other goalie in the conference, which is why Vasilevskiy gets his own tier.

 

Tier 2

Carter Hart – Philadelphia Flyers

The 22-year-old netminder is rapidly cementing his status as one of the league's top goaltenders. Not only is he talented but he plays behind a strong team in Philadelphia, making him a highly valuable asset in fantasy leagues. Hart put together an impressive performance during the 2020 playoffs, winning nine of his 14 starts and posting a 2.23 GAA and .926 save percentage along the way. While his career in the NHL is off to a great start, he may have a few stretches of bad games here and there as he continues to develop his game and achieve the consistency of his more established counterparts.

 

Frederik Andersen – Toronto Maple Leafs

We know that Andersen is a good goaltender because he's posted a save percentage of .917 or better in three of his four seasons with the Leafs – a team that isn't exactly recognized for its defense. While he's coming off a career-worst season that saw him post a .909 save percentage, his strong track record reinforces my confidence that he'll be able to bounce back dur