THW’s Top 75 Fantasy Goaltenders


When it comes to fantasy hockey — and, not coincidentally, real life — goaltenders are the toughest to predict.

Outside of the perennial top 5 or 10, it tends to be a crapshoot from one year to the next. Let’s just say nobody saw Devan Dubnyk as a Vezina finalist at this time last year. And chances are, nobody drafted him either, or at least not until the slim-picking rounds. This year, Dubnyk projects to be a hot commodity. Go figure.

Nevertheless, I’m following up my Top 165 Fantasy Defencemen with this inaugural edition of my Top 75 Fantasy Goaltenders. And, yes, I plan on tackling forwards at some point too, likely for next week — Top 250, 300 or perhaps 350? To be determined.

When ranking the goalies, I used a combination of two categories — wins and save percentage. Most fantasy leagues have wins as a category, which makes goalies on good (winning) teams more valuable. Save percentage helps balance it out a bit because goalies on bad (losing) teams — such as Cory Schneider (presumably) — tend to face a lot of shots and if they stop the majority, regardless of the result, they can still be draft worthy. That said, I’d recommend picking a goalie from a winning team because they can have a bad night and still contribute in fantasy if their teammates bail them out. So this list does reflect that theory to some degree, and isn’t simply a list of the league’s best goalies from a skill standpoint. It is a list of the league’s most valuable goalies from a fantasy perspective. There is a difference.

There may also be some bias or personal preference involved, so I don’t expect everybody to agree with my rankings. Feel free to leave a comment below if you feel certain players are too high or too low and I’ll elaborate on my reasoning.

Without further ado, here are my top 75 goaltenders for the 2015-16 fantasy season:

(Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports) Carey Price promises to be a fantasy stud again this season as long as he stays healthy. He's a workhorse for the Habs and that also bodes well for your fantasy team because the more your starter plays, the more stats you get. If your league has more than two goalie categories among 10 or fewer total, don't be afraid to snatch up Price in the early stage of your draft. If we're talking box pools, you really can't go wrong with Price.
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Carey Price promises to be a fantasy stud again this season as long as he stays healthy. He’s a workhorse for the Habs and that also bodes well for your fantasy team because the more your starter plays, the more stats you get. If your league has more than two goalie categories among 10 or fewer total, don’t be afraid to snatch up Price in the early stage of your draft. If we’re talking box pools, you really can’t go wrong with Price.

1) Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens

2) Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

3) Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals

4) Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning

5) Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks

6) Frederik Andersen, Anaheim Ducks

7) Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild

8) Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings

9) Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets

10) Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators

11) Jaroslav Halak, New York Islanders

12) Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins

13) Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins

14) Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils

15) Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche

16) Steve Mason, Philadelphia Flyers

17) Martin Jones, San Jose Sharks

18) Roberto Luongo, Florida Panthers

(Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports) Kari Lehtonen had an "off" year last season and the Dallas Stars missed the playoffs as a result. But the Stars bolstered their roster in the off-season and Lehtonen should rebound and solidify himself as the Stars' top netminder ahead of Finnish compatriot Antti Niemi.
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Kari Lehtonen had an “off” year last season and the Dallas Stars missed the playoffs as a result. But the Stars bolstered their roster in the off-season and Lehtonen should rebound to solidify himself as their top netminder ahead of Finnish compatriot Antti Niemi.

19) Kari Lehtonen, Dallas Stars

20) Jake Allen, St. Louis Blues

21) Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings

22) Ryan Miller, Vancouver Canucks

23) Craig Anderson, Ottawa Senators

24) Cam Talbot, Edmonton Oilers

25) Robin Lehner, Buffalo Sabres

26) Jonathan Bernier, Toronto Maple Leafs

27) Karri Ramo, Calgary Flames

28) Ondrej Pavelec, Winnipeg Jets

29) Mike Smith, Arizona Coyotes

(Hammersmith Studios- Greg Thompson) Once upon a time Cam Ward would have ranked in the top 10 on this list, but he and his Carolina Hurricanes have fallen on hard times in recent seasons. Ward is in a contract year, so he could bounce back and build on the marginal improvements he made last season. Still, Ward's no longer a guy you should be grabbing in the early rounds.
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Once upon a time Cam Ward would have ranked in the top 10 on this list, but he and his Carolina Hurricanes have fallen on hard times in recent seasons. Ward is in a contract year, so he could bounce back and build on the marginal improvements he made last season. Still, Ward’s no longer a guy you should be grabbing in the early rounds.

30) Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes

31) Brian Elliott, St. Louis Blues

32) Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings

33) Antti Niemi, Dallas Stars

34) Michael Hutchinson, Winnipeg Jets

35) Anton Khudobin, Anaheim Ducks

36) Jacob Markstrom, Vancouver Canucks

37) Jonas Hiller, Calgary Flames

38) James Reimer, Toronto Maple Leafs

39) Eddie Lack, Carolina Hurricanes

40) Darcy Kuemper, Minnesota Wild

41) Michal Neuvirth, Philadelphia Flyers

42) Scott Darling, Chicago Blackhawks

43) Andrew Hammond, Ottawa Senators

* 44) Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning (blood clots, sidelined 1-2 months)

45) Thomas Greiss, New York Islanders

46) Jhonas Enroth, Los Angeles Kings

47) Anders Nilsson, Edmonton Oilers

48) Jonas Gustavsson, Boston Bruins

49) Al Montoya, Florida Panthers

50) Alex Stalock, San Jose Sharks

51) Joni Ortio, Calgary Flames

52) Curtis McElhinney, Columbus Blue Jackets

53) Anders Lindback, Arizona Coyotes

54) Carter Hutton, Nashville Predators

55) Chad Johnson, Buffalo Sabres

56) Reto Berra, Colorado Avalanche

57) Antti Raanta, New York Rangers

58) Philipp Grubauer, Washington Capitals

59) Keith Kinkaid, New Jersey Devils

60) Jeff Zatkoff, Pittsburgh Penguins

61) Niklas Backstrom, Minnesota Wild

62) Matt O’Connor, Ottawa Senators

63) Mike Condon, Montreal Canadiens

64) Kevin Poulin, Tampa Bay Lightning

Prospect Watch

(Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports) John Gibson is definitely the best goaltender missing from the above list. That's because the Anaheim Ducks traded for Anton Khudobin to serve as Frederik Andersen's backup while allowing Gibson to further develop in the minors. Of course, an injury could change all of that, but hold off on drafting Gibson unless you're willing to "waste" a bench spot on him in hopes he'll get that opportunity.
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John Gibson is definitely the best goaltender not ranked on this list, but that’s because he’s projected to start the season in the minors with Anton Khudobin acquired to back-up Frederik Andersen in Anaheim.

John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks

Calvin Pickard, Colorado Avalanche

Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets

Jeremy Smith/Malcolm Subban/Zane McIntyre, Boston Bruins

Matt Murray, Pittsburgh Penguins

Andrey Makarov, Buffalo Sabres

In Limbo

Ben Scrivens, Edmonton Oilers

Dustin Tokarski, Montreal Canadiens

Justin Peters, Washington Capitals

Ray Emery

Peter Budaj

Larry Fisher is a sports reporter for The Daily Courier in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. Follow him on Twitter: @LarryFisher_KDC.