Rating the Goalies

A recent article about Marty Turco not being appreciated has inspired me to RATE THE GOALIES!

I posted a list of several NHL goalies that sparked some debate and discussion, so what I’ve done now is put together a list in order of the NHL’s goalies from best to worst. Criticism expected and welcomed.While compiling this list I’ve taken into account what we know they are capable of, mixed with what they have accomplished this season. Meaning, Mikka Kiprusoff is not having his best season, but we’ve seen many times what this guy can do nightly and he alone still makes Calgary a threat to come out of the west in the playoffs, because when Kippers hot he’s as good as they come. For that reason, he still gets put higher then guys like Tim Thomas, Pascal Leclaire, and other goalies who might be statistically better this season only. On the flip side, a goalie such as Carey Price who is having a very strong rookie season, is not automatically going to be put at the top of the list because we haven’t seen what he can do long term. (See Jim Carey). I do think Price will be good, same with Bernier from LA, Josh Harding, but a lot of these younger goalies who haven’t had as much exposure and NHL games played will be ranked a little lower then you homers might want. At least for now.

Here they are, enjoy:

Top 10

1. Marty Brodeur – Still the best
2. Roberto Luongo
3. Miika Kiprusoff
4. Evgeni Nabakov
5. J-S Giguere
6. Marty Turco
7. Henrik Lunqvist
8. Rick Dipietro
9. Ryan Miller
10.Cam Ward


11. Vesa Toskala
12. Pascal Leclaire
13. Ilya Bryzgalov
14. Nik Backstrom
15. Manny Legace
16. Jose Theodore
17. Tomas Vokoun
18.Chris Osgood
19.Martin Biron
20.Timothy Jr. Thomas

21. M-A Fleury
22. Dominic Hasek
23. Dan Ellis (GP 35, 18-9-2, 2.45, .918)
24. Carey Price (GP 34, 17-12-3, 2.69, .915)
25. Mike Smith
26. Cristobal Huet
27. Kari Lehtinen
28. Martin Gerber
29. Dwayne Roloson
30. Manny Fernandez


31. Petr Budaj
32. Nikolai Khabiboulan
33. Josh Harding
34. Olaf Kolzig
35. Jason Labarberra
36. Chris Mason
37. Ty Conklin
38. Ray Emery
39. Anterro Nittymakki
40. Matthieu Garon


41. Johan Hedberg
42. Jaroslav Halak
43. Johan Holmqvist
44. Curtis Joseph
45. Alex Auld
46. Dany Sabourin
47. Fredrick Norrena
48. Kevin Weekes
49. Wade Dubielewicz
50. Patrick Lalime


51. Jocelain Thibault
52. Hannu Toivanen
53. Craig Anderson
54. John Graham
55. Stephan Valiquette (I think he’ll be good)
56. Mikael Tellqvist
57. J-S Aubin
58. Andrew Raycroft
59. Brent Johnson
60. Dan Cloutier

Notables: Corey Crawford, Curtis Sanford, Karri Ramo, Mike Morrison, Tuuka Rask, Dimitri Patzold, Joey MacDonald, David Leneavue, many others who have played a few games who I haven’t really seen play, so we’ll leave them off.

So what do you think? Goaltending is such a debated position because a lot of the stats are team stats. People always argue that a goalie with good numbers on a good team isn’t necessarily that good, or that a goalie on a terrible team would be a star if he had some defense in front of him…etc.

I anticipate a lot of habs fans who have fallen in love with Carey Price will argue that he should be higher which is why I put his and Dan Ellis’s stats up, to show how comparable the two have been statistically this year, Price on a first place team and Ellis on a fringe team. (For the record Ellis’s 2 to 1 win-loss ratio is pretty impressive given his counter part Mason is .500 this season.)

158 Responses to Rating the Goalies

  1. my_sphincter says:

    I don't know where you got your stats from, but I just manually calculated Toskala's GAA ans S% since November 1 and here is what I got…

    GAA: 2.41 (average at best)
    S%: .911 (again, average middle of the pack)
    Record: 26/18/5

    GAA and S% are both between 15 – 22 in the league (and how many teams are there in the league?) AND this is not counting his earlier GAFFS!

    I wouldn't call that awesome.

    My point is, there are many goalies listed WELL below Toskala in the rating of this post and their entire season stats are better than Toskala's stats since November.

  2. mojo19 says:

    You know what, I thought Turco was the better goalie in that series too. I guess I put Luongo there because the general consensus among hockey experts seems to be that Brodeur and Luongo are the top two. And, I dont know, was he nominated for the Hart last year? Maybe he is too high by a couple spots, but its not a big deal.

  3. morrissey says:

    Roy must have been admiring his stanley cup rings when that one went in, does toskala have a snaphot of tlusty pasted into his glove or something?

  4. doh23 says:

    He was a back up because he was playing with Nabokov, when Toskala actually played he did great for the sharks. And just because he's a leaf doesn't mean I'm bias and make him a top 15, if he played for the habs he'd still be a top 15

  5. BruMagnus says:

    The Hart and Vezina noms definitely speak volumes, but didn't a guy called Theodore (having a rebound season this year) win the Vezina AND Hart as well?

  6. Hoondog2 says:

    Toskala has had an amazing year on an average team.  Hate the Leafs all you want but they are the definition of average.  They are by far not the worst team in the league, but not good enough to make the playoffs….average.  Toskala is the best goalie in the East not named Brodeur.

  7. BruMagnus says:

    Are you KIDDING ME?

    If he played on the Habs he'd be 2ND, behind only Price!!

    Note the sarcasm.

  8. BruMagnus says:

    Don't forget his "brilliant" glove save, where he show-boated it for everybody (I think it was against the Wings) only to drop it and get scored on!

    Even the greats make mistakes. Who doesn't remember Mario hitting the post in the 2002 Olympics… his look of, "what the fu*ck… but I'm Mario!" was priceless!

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