By: Tomas Vessio – @TomasVessio15
In the NHL thus far, there has been great goaltending everywhere you look. In this article we take a look at the Top 5 in the goaltending position.
(All Stats are based off of goaltenders who have started 35 games or more).
5. Carter Hart, Philadelphia Flyers
Record: 24-13-3 (9th in Wins)
SV%: .914 (13th in NHL/ 35 GP)
GAA: 2.42 (2nd in NHL)
SO: 1 (20th in NHL)
The backbone of the future in Philly is having a great second season in the big leagues. His numbers have improved from last year and are probably going to get even better as he ages. For a 21 year old netminder, Hart looks very comfortable in a position where in recent years, hasn’t been great for the Orange and white.
4. Jordan Binnington, St. Louis Blues
Record: 30-13-7 (3rd in Wins)
SV%: .912 (14th in NHL/ 35 GP)
GAA: 2.42 (5th in NHL)
SO: 3 (7th in NHL)
The goaltender who won the Stanley Cup in his first season, continues his great play yet again in the 19/20 season. Binnington seems to always play calm while in the crease and shows it with his numbers this season for the Blues.
3. Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning
Record: 35-14-3 (1st in Wins)
SV%: .917 (6th in NHL/ 35 GP)
GAA: 2.56 (4th in NHL)
SO: 3 (7th in NHL)
The Russian goaltender has been lights out down in Tampa Bay the past few seasons. Vasilevskiy contributed a lot in their success thus far in the season despite starting off a bit slow this year. It definitely could be possible that Vasilevskiy will be nominated for a Vezina Trophy in back to back seasons if this one continues.
2. Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins
Record: 26-8-6 (7th in Wins)
SV%: .929 (1st in NHL/ 35 GP)
GAA: 2.12 (1st in NHL)
SO: 5 (2nd in NHL)
Rask and the Bruins have been unbelievable this season and sit first place in the entire NHL. This has a lot to do with the contributions from Rask and his backup Jaroslav Halak. But Rask sits here at number two on the list due to his great numbers this season and unreal record. The past few years he hasn’t played a ton of games but when called upon, he has definitely answered the bell.
1. Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets
Record: 31-21-5 (2nd in Wins)
SV%: .922 (2nd in NHL/ 35 GP)
GAA: 2.57 (6th in NHL)
SO: 1 (1st in NHL)
The goaltender from the “True North” sits number one on this list and honestly it could be Rask or him at number one. The Reason Hellebuyck is at number one is because of the D-core and the general team defense he sits behind in Winnipeg. It’s not as good as the Boston Bruins with Rask in the cage so Hellebuyck has to carry a hell of a load there. He faces the most shots against in the NHL and has the most saves in the NHL this year and without him, The Jets would not be where they are today.