Welcome to Justin’s 2nd Annual Top 30 Goaltenders List. If this is the first time you are reading the list, last year’s entries can be found here, here and here. The methodology of the list is the same as last year: taking into account present ability, future projection, durability, consistency and technique, this is the order in which I would advise my hypothetical “team” to seek out a goaltending solution. This “team” is an amalgamation of every roster construction circumstance throughout the league. In other words, my “team” has no short or long-term priorities, cap restrictions or player loyalties.
Since there was no comparable archive to last year’s list, I’m going to add in last year’s rankings to each tender this year, and since I’m a comprehensive guy (or just like to hear myself talk; yup, definitely one of those) in each of the three posts comprising the list, I will highlight the players left off the list from last season and explain my rationale for their omission. This will be the “Dropped” section.
Before we get going here are this year’s honorable mentions: Read more »
The Ottawa Senators, now the Rangers’ first round opponent, are in a fairly unique position. They have the luxury of two potential starting goaltenders rostered as they anticipate the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Only the Blues, Canucks and the Flyers fine themselves with that type of depth/starter ineptitude between the pipes. Since I have already previewed Craig Anderson, let’s take a gander at the Sens’ newest keeper, Ben Bishop. Since Anderson is incredibly streaky, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if we see the towering goaltender at some point before the series is over. Same criteria as always, general style, strengths, weaknesses, and how the Rangers should approach the matchup.
The first thing you will notice about Bishop, the former University of Maine standout, is that he is absolutely enormous. He stands 6’7” and 215lbs. Obviously considering his height, he is a little bit lanky, but looking at the equipment set up he has, there is very little net when being stared down by Bishop.
Aside from his hulking size, there is not much that is overly unique about the Denver, Colorado native. He plays a very standard butterfly style, with certain tweeks to accommodate his frame. By all accounts he is a strong skater, but there is the obvious concern about body control due to his height. I haven’t seen a ton of Bishop, but when Anderson went down with his hand laceration, I made sure to catch a couple of Bishop’s starts.
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