Welcome to Justin’s first annual Top-30 goalies list. I hope you guys enjoy this little exercise, because it was an absolute blast to put together. In this first edition, I will run down the goalies ranking 30-21. Following this post, 20-11 and 10-1 will be revealed.
Before we get to it, I wanted to explain my methodology for compiling this list. “Top” in this case is something of a moving target. Basically, it’s the order in which I would want to see a team pursue a goaltending solution. There are keepers included here for potential, durability, present value and experience. For example, obviously Jose Theodore has accomplished more in the NHL than Jonathan Bernier at this point, and at present, I could entertain an argument that Theodore is a “better” goaltender. However, Bernier has a ton of upside and star potential and I’m not going to sell him short because he hasn’t gotten his shot yet. Ok, got all that?
Without further adieu, Goaltenders 30-21
30. Jonathan Bernier, Los Angeles Kings- While Bernier might not have starting experience in the NHL as of yet, he certainly has the talent to excel in the role. It seems the Kings are always on the verge of trading him so he can spread his wings in a place with more opportunity, but there is no such thing as too much quality goaltending. Read more »