Over at Japers they made this list a top 10, but I'm not going to include the Brent Johnson's and Yann Danis' of the world in a list, so let's go with the Top 6 division goalies after the jump!
#6 – Dwayne Roloson –
|2008 - Dwayne Roloson||63||3597||28||24||9||4||166||2.77||1953||1787||.915||1|
"Roly the Goalie" is on the wrong side of 40, but still had a very solid season last year up in
#5 – Martin Biron –
|2008 - Martin Biron||55||3177||29||19||5||2||146||2.76||1718||1572||.915||2|
Biron jumps teams in the
#4 – Ray Emery –
#29 / Goalie / Philadelphia Flyers
Sep 28, 1982
Emery is back in NHL after a season sojourn to the KHL. So what, if anything, has the 27 year old learned? Long lauded for his pure skill, but questions still remain about Emery’s focus and consistency. The Flyers expect to be major players in the East this season, but how they fare depends largely on Emery. "Razor" was great in 2006-07, splitting time with Martin Gerber but leading the Senators in the playoffs all the way to the Stanley Cup final. He was just as horrid in 2007-08 when the wheels fell off in
#3 -- Henrik Lundqvist –
|2008 - Henrik Lundqvist||70||4153||38||25||7||3||168||2.43||2007||1839||.916||3|
"The King" comes in third on this list, but it’s no fault of his own. Lundqvist won the gold medal for
#2 -- Marc-Andre Fleury --
|2008 - Marc-Andre Fleury||62||3641||35||18||7||5||162||2.67||1850||1688||.912||4|
Winning a Stanley Cup in dramatic fashion is only good enough to make Marc-Andre Fleury the second best goalie in his own division this year. MAF has made incredible strides from being young and raw as an 18 year old netminder. He was too over-active and his angles were not always perfect. NHL shooters will rip goalies up if they're not perfect and Fleury found he couldn't always rely on his incredible athleticism to bail him out. But boy did he learn, Fleury's game has matured to become more settled and more refined. He still has the exceptional speed and quickness to fall back on but has become a much more technical goalie. Don’t look now but the 24 year old goalie is already tied for 34th all-time in career playoff wins (4 more wins boosts him to 25th, so there’s a lot of guys in reach).
When you're so good at handling the puck the NHL makes a rule (the trapezoid) to limit your effectiveness like our #1 goalie is, it'd almost be criminal to rank Marc-Andre Fleury and all of his gaffes above him, right?
#1 -- Martin Brodeur --
#1 -- Martin Brodeur --
2008 - Martin Brodeur
Brodeur may be 37 years old and he may not have won more than one series in playoff year since 2003, but he's still Marty freakin Brodeur. The NHL's all-time goalie win leader, will be the shutout leader too probably. Brodeur's benefited from a great system and great players of the years in
Pretty cut and dry, right? Would you rank the young Fleury above Brodeur now that MAF has won the Cup and Brodeur is 37? Roloson over Biron?