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Draft Utopia 2014 Fantasy Hockey Goalie Rankings

Posted By: Bob Raymond On 11/15/2014

  1. Jonathan Quick: G, Los Angeles Kings Right now Quick is second in the NHL with .935 save percentage and has 2 shutouts in 2014-2015. That along with 2 Stanley Cups makes Quick my top goalie in Fantasy Leagues.

    Previous Ranking: 3rd

  2. Ben Bishop: G, Tampa Bay Lightning Ben Bishop already has 9 wins in 14 starts. Bishop is easily one of the 2 goalies in the NHL.

    Previous Ranking: 7th

  3. Tuukka Rask: G, Boston Bruins Rask is still a top 5 goalie. Losing Zdeno Chara to an injury made Rask fall back to reality. He is still a top 3 goalie, but no longer the consensus top goalie.

    Previous Ranking: 1st

  4. Henrik Lundqvist: G, New York Rangers Henrik Lundqvist guided the New York Rangers to a Stanley Cup Finals appearance even without having much defense. Some argue that he is the top goalie in the NHL. While his stats do not indicate it, you have to admit that he is a top 5 goalie. One of three goalies in 2014 with 3 shutouts.

    Previous Ranking: 2nd

  5. Carey Price: G, Montreal Canadiens Carey Price is a top 5 goalie. The problem is that he may not be 100 percent to start the regular season after getting injured in the Eastern Conference Finals. In the 2013-2014 NHL regular season, Price finished 3rd in the NHL with a .927 save percentage. Price like Quick also posted 6 shutouts in the regular season.

    Previous Ranking: 4th

  6. Corey Crawford: G, Chicago Blackhawks Crawford came in at #6 because he has a 1.77 save percentage and a .931 save percentage.

    Previous Ranking: 10th

  7. Sergei Bobrovsky: G, Columbus Blue Jackets Sergei Bobrovsky finished 8th in the nation with a .923 save percentage. He also recorded 5 shutouts in 2013-2014.

    Previous Ranking: 11th

  8. Cory Schneider: G, New Jersey Devils The New Jersey Devils gave up a 2013 first round pick for Cory Schneider. Schneider split games in the regular season with Martin Brodeur last season. Schneider will enter his first full season as the Devils starting goaltender in 2014-2015.

    Previous Ranking: 13th

  9. Brian Elliot: G, St. Louis Blues Brian Elliot was a backup that split time on the Blues with Halak and Ryan Miller. His 1.96 save percentage has tom impress you at this point in the NHL season.

    Previous Ranking: 24th

  10. Marc-Andre Fleury: G, Pittsburgh Penguins Marc-Andre Fleury is money in the regular season. Fleury is horrible in the Playoffs.

    Previous Ranking: 8th

  11. Ryan Miller: G, Vancouver Canucks Ryan Miller was a top 5 goalie for the past few years. Miller finally showed signs of declining in 2013-2014. Buffalo traded Miller to the St. Louis Blues where he struggled to get the Blues past the opening round of the playoffs. Now Miller has to lead a Vancouver Canucks squad that needs a goalie after Eddie Lack struggled to replace Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider.

    Previous Ranking: 15th

  12. Braden Holtby: G, Washington Capitals Braden Holtby is better than the last two goalies the Capitals had. With a better defense, Holtby may be due for a breakout season in 2014-2015.

    Previous Ranking: 25th

  13. Frederik Andersen: G, Anaheim Ducks Andersen came in to replace John Gibson after his woeful outing against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Andersen is 7-2-1 in 13 games this season.

    Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

  14. Kari Lehtonen: G, Dallas Stars When you consider the fact that the Dallas Stars have a horrible backup goalie, I would say that Kari Lehtonen is one of the most important players on this franchise. Lehtonen posted 5 shutouts with the Dallas Stars in 2013-2014. Lehtonen was drafted second-overall in 2002, one year before the Penguins took Marc-Andre Fleury with the top pick.

    Previous Ranking: 9th

  15. Darcy Keumpler: G, Minnesota Wild Darcy Kuempler has been one of the leagues best save leaders. His early shutouts gave the Minnesota Wild a shot at one of the three division spots earlier in the season.

    Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

  16. Antti Niemi: G, San Jose Sharks Antti Niemi won a Stanley Cup in his first season as a starting goaltender for the Chicago Blackhawks. After winning the Stanley Cup, Niemi signed a five-year deal with the San Jose Sharks. Niemi was 2nd in wins in 2013-2014 with 39 wins.

    Previous Ranking: 16th

  17. Steve Mason: G, Philadelphia Flyers Steve Mason had to compete with Ray Emery for the goalie job leading up to the 2013-2014 season. Mason finished the season 7th in the NHL with 33 wins.

    Previous Ranking: 19th

  18. Roberto Luongo: G, Florida Panthers Four years ago, Luongo was the top goalie in the league. Luongo enters his second season with the Florida Panthers and has a much better defense playing with him this time around in Florida.

    Previous Ranking: 14th

  19. Jimmy Howard: G, Detroit Red Wings Jimmy Howard posted a .910 save percentage in 2013-2014. Howard was the heart of a Red Wings squad that was depleted with injuries in 2013-2014.

    Previous Ranking: 21st

  20. Craig Anderson: G, Ottawa Senators Craig Anderson struggled in 2013-2014. In 2012-2013, Anderson led the NHL in save percentage.

    Previous Ranking: 22nd

  21. Pekka Rinne: G, Nashville Predators Pekka Rinne is a top 5 goalie. He missed most of the regular season with injuries last year in 2013-2014.

    Previous Ranking: 5th

  22. Semyon Varlamov: G, Colorado Avalanche Varlamov posted a .927 save percentage. He needs to improve statistically in other categories. With former goalie Patrick Roy as the Avalanche head coach, we could see Varlamov improve in other statistical categories in 2014-2015.

    Previous Ranking: 6th

  23. Mike Smith: G, Arizona Coyotes Mike Smith guided the Tampa Bay Lightning to the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals. Smith has a good line 1 defense, but the second and third lines of defense are terrible. Smith has to step up and be the leader of the Arizona Coyotes in 2014-2015.

    Previous Ranking: 12th

  24. Jonas Hiller: G, Calgary Flames Jonas Hiller is a safe bet. The former Anaheim Duck posted a save percentage of .910 or higher each season as a starter since 2008-2009. Hiller will help Calgary become a winner.

    Previous Ranking: 18th

  25. Jonathan Bernier: G, Toronto Maple Leafs Jonathan Bernier finished 8th in the NHL last year with a .923 save percentage. The Maple Leafs goalie was drafted in the first round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

    Previous Ranking: 20th

  26. Jaroslav Halak: G, New York Islanders In 2013-2014, Halak finished 8th in the NHL with a 2.25 Goals Against Average. Halak also finished 4th in the NHL with 5 shutouts.

    Previous Ranking: 23rd

  27. Ben Scrivens: G, Edmonton Oilers Ben Scrivens was one of the league leaders in statistics when filling in for Jonathan Quick on the Los Angeles Kings. Scrivens numbers dropped when the Kings traded him to the Edmonton Oilers.

  28. Cam Ward: G, Carolina Hurricanes Both goalies struggled in October. Cam Ward stepped up in the beginning of November leading me to believe Carolina can make one more run if Ward stays healthy.

    Previous Ranking: Not Ranked

  29. Ondrej Pavelec: G, Winnipeg Jets Ondrej Pavelec was the only goalie in the NHL to have a save percentage under .900. The Jets have to find a way to correct this in 2014-2015.

  30. Michal Neuvirth: G, Buffalo Sabres Michal Neuvirth will continue to struggle. Why? He starts for the Buffalo Sabres who were the worst team in the NHL last season.