Poolers: The top-25 NHL goaltenders


In the last three seasons, that is to say since NHL.com offers you its list of the best forwards, defenders and goaltenders for the pool players, the Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender is the one who finds himself at the top of the top -25 from the doormen of the circuit before the start of the calendar. And guess what? It’s no different this year.

But this season, Vasilevskiy could quickly give way to Shesterkin, who will play a third full season in the NHL. With a 36-13-4 record, a 2.07 goals-against average, a .935 save percentage and six shutouts, the Russian Rangers goaltender won the Vezina Trophy for the first time in his career. career in 2021-22.

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Statistics that were higher than those of Vasilevskiy, who, let’s say, had a calmer year (2.49, .916, 2 bl.), which is understandable since he had benefited from a very short rest period after winning the Stanley Cup the previous July, when Shesterkin hadn’t played in the playoffs.

However, there is a category where Vasilevskiy supplanted Shesterkin, and it is about the most important for the poolers: the victories. His 39 wins put him first in the NHL, tied with Sergey Bobrovsky of the Florida Panthers, and his 63 games played were the league’s third-highest. Being able to play so many games and perform so well is a valuable asset for poolers.

This is why Vasilevskiy takes the pole in this first top-25 of the season. But beware! The Lightning have lost a few elements, and there is no guarantee that Tampa Bay will be as successful this season. Conversely, the Rangers continue to progress, especially defensively where they have several young players. If he is better surrounded, Shesterkin could break the house again.

One thing is certain, no matter which one you choose, you will not be disappointed.

Another that never disappoints is Juuse Saros. The Nashville Predators goaltender was the second most used in the NHL last year with 67 starts, one more than Connor Hellebuyck of the Winnipeg Jets. The Predators have improved on the blue line this summer, their offense is similar to last year and the addition of david rittich, the new auxiliary goalkeeper, should not take away many starts at Saros. On paper, he has the potential to be as profitable as Vasilevskiy and Shesterkin.

As you can see, the number of starts is a critical element in the value of a keeper in the annual and weekly pools. Goalkeepers who evolve in tandem therefore find themselves lower in this ranking, since their potential for amassing victory points is lower, and by a lot. For example, last year, Ilya Sorokin finished second in the NHL in save percentage (.925), fourth in average (2.40) and second in shutouts (7). But since he only played 52 games, his number of wins (26) placed him 17th in the league. He was therefore a bargain in daily pools, but a mid-tier keeper in annual or weekly pools – unless peripheral stats are of great value.

Situations to watch out for

The season begins with a few questions in front of the net across the NHL.

In Vegas, Logan Thompson can it do the job? The Golden Knights have a talented team, but with the loss of Robin Lehner for the season, the situation in net is worrying. Thompson, who has 20 games of NHL experience, will start the season as Laurent Brossoit (106 NHL games) is injured. Adin Hill (74 games) will be his deputy. None of these three goaltenders has ever played more than 25 games in a single season. The order – and the workload – will therefore be heavy. If Thompson holds up and establishes himself as number one, he could be the bargain of the season. It’s a risky bet.

In Ottawa, the Senators made a giant leap this summer in getting the forwards Claude Girouxand Alex DeBrincat as well as the guardian Cam Talbot. With improved roster, Ottawa’s goaltenders were becoming attractive in pools that don’t take peripheral stats into account. However, Talbot just suffered an upper body injury in training camp and will be out for five to seven weeks. Until then, Anton Forsberg will have the task of replacing him.

In Colorado, the Avalanche acquired the goaltender Alexander Georgiev Rangers in the offseason, and he should be number one this season, a position he has never held in his career. Be careful and don’t put all your eggs in one basket, because if he were to run into trouble, head coach Jared Bednar could quickly opt for a combination of goalkeepers using a lot more Pavel Francouz. With a quality formation like the Avalanche, Francouz could well be a nice insurance policy at the end of the draft in your pool.

In Toronto, which goalkeeper enters Ilya Samsonov and Matt Murray seize the number one position? Samsonov, a former first-round pick in 2015, is probably the luckiest goaltender because of his age (25) and the potential he showed just two years ago. The Maple Leafs are a great team that will rack up the streak, and if Samsonov delivers the goods, he’s likely to rise quickly on this list.

Finally, in Florida, Bobrovsky isn’t getting enough love in the pools, even though he finished first in the NHL last year, tied with Vasilevskiy, in wins. Yes, it is sometimes inconstant. Yes, the young Spencer Knight breathes into his neck. But that was also the case last year and that didn’t stop him from amassing 39 wins in 53 starts, which gives him the best winning percentage in the NHL last season (73.6 percent). , ahead of Shesterkin (69.2) and Frederik Andersen (68.6) among goalkeepers who have played at least 30 games. The Panthers should still be a league powerhouse this year, so if your pool isn’t payroll, Bobrovsky should be in your top-5.

Here are the top-25 goalkeepers for poolers:

1. Andrei VasilevskiyTBL
2. Igor ShesterkinNYR
3. Juuse Saros, NSH
4. Jacob MarkstromCGY
5. Sergei Bobrovsky, FLA
6. Frederik Andersen, CAR
7. Jack CampbellEDM
8. Thatcher DemkoNPV
9. Jake OettingerDAL
10. Jordan BinningtonSTL
11. Ilya Sorokin, NYI
12. Tristan JarryPIT
13. Marc-Andre Fleury, MIN
14. Alexandar Georgiev, COL
15. Connor Hellebuyck, WPG
16. Darcy KuemperWSH
17. Ilya Samsonov, TOR
18. Spencer Knight, FL
19. Elvis MerzlikinsCBJ
20. Logan Thompson, VGK
21. Jeremy SwaymanBOS
22. Matt Murray, TOR
23. Jonathan QuickLAK
24. Pavel Francouz, LOC
25. City HussoTED



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