My Top 10 Dynasty Fantasy League Goalie Rankings
Depending what fantasy hockey league you play in, most leagues will usually have two goalies and then a backup. If that is the case, you might want to draft two reliable goalies early so you don’t have to worry about it later on. The goalie position is so important for most teams today because it is a necessity in order to win a championship.
10. Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning: Vasilevsky became the Tampa Bay Lightning starting goalie when Ben Bishop was traded to the Los Angeles Kings last season. Vasilevskiy has a lot of upside and he is only 23 years old. It is very possible he starts 60 to 65 games this season. Peter Budaj is the Lightning backup and he caught lightning in a bottle when he played. I don’t expect that to happen again this season with him. Vasilevskiy is one the keys to Tampa Bay’s success this season. In 50 games last season, his record was 23-17-7 with a .917 save percentage and a 2.61 GAA, along with two shutouts. He will win more than 23 games, have a higher save percentage, and have more shutouts this season.
9. Martin Jones, San Jose Sharks: The Sharks will lack offense in the 2017-2018 and Jones will be a great goalie pick for fantasy this season. He will put the team on his back and exceed expectations. Whether they win or loss 2-1 games is going to be another story. Jones played in 65 games last season and his record was 35-23-6 with a .912 save percentage and a 2.40 GAA, along with two shutouts. I think Jones will win less games, but I think he will have a higher save percentage.
8. Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators: Rinne caught fire when the playoffs began in 2017. He had a normal regular season last year just like any other goalie. At 34 years old, Rinne is going to have to keep playing at a high level in order for the Predators to get back to the postseason and beyond. He doesn’t want to lose his starting job to Juuse Saros. In 61 games last season, Rinne’s record was 31-19-9 with a .918 save percentage and a 2.42 GAA, along with three shutouts. I think he will win more games this season and his save percentage will be higher.
7. Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild: Dubnyk had a career year in 2016-2017, but I don’t think he is going to repeat the same success this season. Will he be a respectable goalie? No doubt about it. In 65 games last season, his record was 40-19-5 with a 2.25 GAA and a .923 save percentage, along with five shutouts. Dubnyk will win less games, but his GAA and his save percentage probably won’t drop by much.
6. Frederik Andersen, Toronto Maple Leafs: The Toronto Maple Leafs are a different team when Andersen doesn’t play in net. Curtis McElhinney and/or Garret Sparks seem to struggle whenever they start for Toronto. This is why Andersen is so valuable not only from a team perspective, but also from a fantasy perspective. In 66 games last season, his record was 33-16-14 with a .918 save percentage and a 2.67 GAA, along with four shutouts. Andersen will win more games this season and he will have a higher save percentage.
5. Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens: Price was just signed to an eight-year contract extension worth $84 million. Some people think Price is the best goalie in the world, but he hasn’t won a Stanley Cup in his career or won the big game he has needed to. From a fantasy perspective, Price does put up good numbers year in and out, but his health is always a concern. The Canadiens don’t have a very strong team this season and it could prevent Montreal from making the playoffs. Price played in 62 games last season and his record last season was 37-20-5 with a .923 save percentage and a 2.23 GAA, along with three shutouts.
4. Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals: Holtby played in 63 games last season for the Capitals. He won over 40 games for the second consecutive season and his total was 42. Holtby lost 13 regulation games and six in overtime/shootout. His save percentage was .925 and his GAA was 2.07,. Holtby recorded nine shutouts. The issue with Holtby’s production dropping a little bit in 2017-2018 won’t be because of him. It is very possible backup goalie Philip Grubauer might see more than 19 starts in case the Capitals want to trade him either during the middle of the season or next summer. Otherwise, I would expect Holtby to possibly win 40 games again, but his save percentage could drop a little bit.
3. Cam Talbot, Edmonton Oilers: Talbot came as a major surprise last season not only in real life, but also fantasy as well. He is one of the main reasons why the Oilers made it to the second-round of the NHL Playoffs. Talbot’s play between the pipes could lead them to the Stanley Cup Finals this season. He appeared in 73 games last season. His record was 42-22-8 with a .919 save percentage and a 2.39 GAA, along with seven shutouts. I don’t expect Talbot to play that many games this season, but it very possible he could have the same amount of wins. Talbot will also have a better save percentage.
2. Matt Murray, Pittsburgh Penguins: With Marc-Andre Fleury being drafted by the Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft, Matt Murray won’t have to worry about splitting time in net with him. Backup goalie Antti Niemi isn’t going to be as reliable as Marc-Andre Fleury was in Pittsburgh. Murray just led the Penguins to back-to-back championships. He appeared in 49 games last season and I expect him to play around 60 to 65 games this season. Murray’s record was 32-10-4 with a .923 save percentage and a 2.41 GAA, along with four shutouts. It is very possible that Murray could win 40 to 45 games as the starter this season. He will have more shutouts as well.
1. Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets: Not only did Bobrovsky win the Vezina Trophy last season, but he was also considered an MVP candidate. The Blue Jackets were horrendous the season before and that is when Bobrobsky was injured. Columbus is a contender when Bobrovsky is in net and they are just an below average team when he isn’t. Bobrovsky is the nucleus of the Blue Jackets. In 63 games last season, his record was 41-17-5 with a 2.06 GAA and a .931 save percentage, along with seven shutouts. I think Bobrovsky will repeat his success in 2017-2018.