Super 16: Top NHL goalies

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It’s the one who raised the Stanley Cup last season, according to a panel of 13 NHL.com staff writers.

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy was ranked No. 1 by 10 of the 13 members of the Super 16 panel. He was ranked No. 2 by two and No. 3 by one, enough voting points to edge Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck, who won the Vezina Trophy last season.

Hellebuyck was ranked first by two staff writers. Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins was the other goalie who was ranked No. 1 by at least one staff writer.

There were 32 goalies representing 26 teams who were ranked at least once. The only teams not represented were the Detroit Red Wings, San Jose Sharks, Edmonton Oilers, Buffalo Sabres and Chicago Blackhawks.

To create the Super 16, each of the 13 staff members put together his or her version of what they think it should look like. Those were submitted and a point total assigned to each. 

The goalie selected first was given 16 points, second got 15, third 14 and so on down to No. 16, who got one point. 

Here is the Super 16:

 

1. Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning

Total points: 204

Vasilevskiy started all of Tampa Bay’s 25 postseason games in 2019-20, which means he arguably played the most important role in the Lightning winning the Stanley Cup. Vasilevskiy went 18-7 with a 1.90 goals-against average, .927 save percentage and one shutout in the postseason after going 35-14-3 with a 2.56 GAA, .917 save percentage and three shutouts during the regular season. His 35 wins led the League for the third straight season (his career-best 44 wins tied Hellebuyck for the NHL lead in 2017-18) and was third in Vezina Trophy voting. Vasilevskiy won the Vezina Trophy in 2018-19, when he was 39-10-4 with a 2.40 GAA, .925 save percentage and six shutouts.

Video: Top 25 Andrei Vasilevskiy saves from 2019-20

2. Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets

Total points: 196

Hellebuyck won the Vezina Trophy last season, when he went 31-21-5 with a 2.57 GAA, .922 save percentage and a League-leading six shutouts. He faced the most shots in the League (1,796) but there were five goalies who allowed more goals than he did (140). Hellebuyck faced an NHL-high 1,530 shots against at even strength and posted a .927 even-strength save percentage, second to Rask (.939) among the 22 goalies who appeared in at least 40 games.

3. Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins

Total points: 179

Rask went 26-8-6 with a 2.12 GAA, .929 save percentage and five shutouts last season. He led the League in GAA and was second in save percentage (one percentage point behind Anton Khudobin of the Dallas Stars) among goalies with at least 30 appearances. Rask, the runner-up to Hellebuyck for the Vezina Trophy, has played at least 41 games, won at least 26 and posted a save percentage of .912 or better in seven straight seasons. He led the Bruins to the Stanley Cup Final in 2013 and 2019, but lost each time. He won the Stanley Cup with Boston as the backup to Tim Thomas in 2011.

4. Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens

Total points: 160

Price has done some of his best work in the playoffs. Since 2014, he leads the League with a 2.10 GAA and .926 save percentage among the 12 goalies with at least 40 appearances. Last season, Price was 5-5 in 10 playoff games with a 1.78 GAA, .936 save percentage and two shutouts.  

Video: Top 10 Carey Price saves from 2019-20

5. Robin Lehner, Vegas Golden Knights

Total points: 129

Lehner is fourth in the NHL in save percentage (.925) and tied for seventh in GAA (2.47) among goalies who have appeared in at least 60 games over the past two seasons. In that span, he’s 44-23-10 with seven shutouts playing for the New York Islanders, Chicago Blackhawks and Golden Knights. Lehner is also 13-11 with a 1.99 GAA and .924 save percentage in the playoffs over the past two seasons.

6. Carter Hart, Philadelphia Flyers

Total points: 116

The 22-year-old has made an impression in his first two NHL seasons. He’s 40-26-4 with a 2.59 GAA and .915 save percentage in 74 games, including 70 starts, and was 24-13-3 with a 2.42 GAA and .914 save percentage last season. Hart’s strong play continued in the postseason, when he went 9-5 with a 2.23 GAA, .926 save percentage and two shutouts.

7. Jordan Binnington, St. Louis Blues

Total points: 109

Binnington, who led the Blues to the Stanley Cup championship in 2019, followed that up by winning 30 games with a 2.56 GAA, .912 save percentage and three shutouts last season. Binnington is eighth in wins (54) and tied for sixth in shutouts (eight) despite being 21st in starts (80) over the past two seasons. 

Video: Top 10 Jordan Binnington saves from 2019-20

8. Jacob Markstrom, Calgary Flames

Total points: 98

In the past three seasons as the Vancouver Canucks’ No. 1 goalie, Markstrom went 74-65-20 with 2.74 GAA, .914 save percentage and five shutouts. In that span, he ranked eighth in the NHL in starts (160), and seventh in shots against (5,061), saves (4,624) and time on ice (9564:37). Last season, he had an NHL career-best .918 save percentage (minimum 10 games played).

9. Ben Bishop, Dallas Stars

Total points: 93

Bishop has been one of the most consistent goalies in the League since 2013-14, going 204-111-32 with a 2.28 GAA, .921 save percentage and 30 shutouts. In that span he ranks seventh in wins, is tied for first in save percentage (minimum 150 games), leads in GAA and is tied for third in shutouts. Bishop was hampered by a knee injury in the playoffs last season and was limited to three postseason games in the Stars’ run to the Stanley Cup Final.

10. Frederik Andersen, Toronto Maple Leafs

Total points: 91

Andersen has flourished in his four seasons with the Maple Leafs despite the heaviest workload in the League. In that span, he leads all NHL goalies in time on ice (14204:46) and shots against (7,798), but is 136-66-33 with a 2.77 GAA, .916 save percentage and 13 shutouts. Andersen won 29 games last season, one shy of a fourth straight season with at least 30 wins.

Video: Top 10 Frederik Andersen saves from 2019-20

11. Darcy Kuemper, Arizona Coyotes

Total points: 61

Kuemper broke out two seasons ago, when he went 27-20-8 with a 2.33 GAA, .925 save percentage and five shutouts in 55 starts. He was on his way to another strong season in 2019-20 before sustaining a lower-body injury on Dec. 19 that kept him out until Feb. 25. He finished 16-11-2 with a 2.22 GAA, .928 save percentage and two shutouts in 29 starts.

12. Anton Khudobin, Dallas Stars

Total points: 47

Last season, Khudobin went from being one of the top backups in the League to leading the Stars all the way to Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. He took over for an injured Bishop and went 14-10 with a 2.69 GAA, .917 save percentage and one shutout in 25 postseason games (24 starts). Khudobin has started at least 26 games in five of the past seven seasons, posting at least a .923 save percentage three of them. He has a .919 save percentage in 218 NHL games (198 starts).

13. Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas Golden Knights

Total points: 45

Fleury is the only active goalie in the NHL who has been to the Stanley Cup Final as many as five times and has three championship rings, all with the Pittsburgh Penguins (2009, 2016, 2017). Since he arrived in Vegas three seasons ago, Fleury is tied for fifth in the League in wins (91), is fifth in GAA (2.51, minimum 90 games), tied for first with Vasilevskiy in shutouts (17) and tied for 12th in save percentage (.915, minimum 90 games). He’s fifth on the NHL all-time wins list with 466.

Video: Top 10 Marc-Andre Fleury saves from 2019-20

14. John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks

Total points: 36

Gibson, who has won at least 20 games in five straight seasons, had 25 wins, a 2.22 GAA and .924 save percentage in 2016-17 and 31 wins with a 2.43 GAA and .926 save percentage in 2017-18. His numbers have dropped since, with the Ducks in rebuilding mode; Gibson has averaged 23 wins with a 2.92 GAA and .911 save percentage in the past two seasons, a span in which ranks sixth in games played (109) and starts (108), and fourth in shots against (3,390).

15. Sergei Bobrovsky, Florida Panthers

Total points: 35

Bobrovsky is hoping for a better second season with the Panthers, after he went 23-19-6 with a 3.23 GAA, .900 save percentage and one shutout in 50 games (48 starts) last season. But Bobrovsky has enough of a history to expect he will bounce back; he was 213-130-27 with a 2.41 GAA, .921 save percentage and 33 shutouts with the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2012-19 and won the Vezina Trophy in 2012-13 and 2016-17.

16. Braden Holtby, Vancouver Canucks

Total points: 30

Holtby, entering his first season with the Canucks, helped the Washington Capitals win the Stanley Cup in 2018, when he went 16-7 with a 2.16 GAA, .922 save percentage and two shutouts in the playoffs. Holtby leads the NHL in wins (222), appearances (363) and starts (360) since 2014-15, all while posting a 2.52 GAA, .915 save percentage and 24 shutouts. He won the Vezina Trophy in 2015-16.

Video: Top 10 Braden Holtby saves from 2019-20

Others receiving points: Semyon Varlamov, New York Islanders, 26; Corey Crawford, New Jersey Devils, 23; Ilya Samsonov, Washington Capitals, 12; Igor Shesterkin, New York Rangers, 12; Tristan Jarry, Pittsburgh Penguins, 11; Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings, 10; Matt Murray, Ottawa Senators, 9; Jaroslav Halak, Boston Bruins, 6; Elvis Merzlikins, Columbus Blue Jackets, 6; Petr Mrazek, Carolina Hurricanes, 5; Antti Raanta, Arizona Coyotes, 4; Joonas Korpisalo, Columbus Blue Jackets, 4; Mackenzie Blackwood, New Jersey Devils, 4; Cam Talbot, Minnesota Wild, 4; Philipp Grubauer, Colorado Avalanche, 2; Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators, 1

HERE’S HOW WE RANKED ‘EM 

AMALIE BENJAMIN 

1. Andrei Vasilevskiy; 2. Connor Hellebuyck; 3. Tuukka Rask; 4. Robin Lehner; 5. Carter Hart; 6. Ben Bishop; 7. Jordan Binnington; 8. Carey Price; 9. Frederik Andersen; 10. Sergei Bobrovsky; 11. Igor Shesterkin; 12. Darcy Kuemper; 13. Jacob Markstrom; 14. Tristan Jarry; 15. Ilya Samsonov; 16. Braden Holtby

TIM CAMPBELL

1. Andrei Vasilevskiy; 2. Connor Hellebuyck; 3. Tuukka Rask; 4. Carey Price; 5. Anton Khudobin; 6. Darcy Kuemper; 7. Jacob Markstrom; 8. Robin Lehner; 9. Frederik Andersen; 10. Matt Murray; 11. John Gibson; 12. Marc-Andre Fleury; 13. Carter Hart; 14. Corey Crawford; 15. Joonas Korpisalo; 16. Jordan Binnington

BRIAN COMPTON

1. Connor Hellebuyck; 2. Andrei Vasilevskiy; 3. Tuukka Rask; 4. Robin Lehner; 5. Carey Price; 6. Ben Bishop; 7. John Gibson; 8. Jordan Binnington; 9. Jacob Markstrom; 10. Semyon Varlamov; 11. Corey Crawford; 12. Marc-Andre Fleury; 13. Carter Hart; 14. Anton Khudobin; 15. Frederik Andersen; 16. Jonathan Quick  

NICHOLAS J. COTSONIKA

1. Connor Hellebuyck; 2. Tuukka Rask; 3. Andrei Vasilevskiy; 4. Ben Bishop; 5. Robin Lehner; 6. Darcy Kuemper; 7. Carey Price; 8. Corey Crawford; 9. Marc-Andre Fleury; 10. Sergei Bobrovsky; 11. Jordan Binnington; 12. Anton Khudobin; 13. Cam Talbot; 14. Jacob Markstrom; 15. Jaroslav Halak; 16. Elvis Merzlikins

TOM GULITTI 

1. Andrei Vasilevskiy; 2. Connor Hellebuyck; 3. Tuukka Rask; 4. Carey Price; 5. Jacob Markstrom; 6. Jordan Binnington; 7. Robin Lehner; 8. Sergei Bobrovsky; 9. Ben Bishop; 10. Carter Hart; 11. Anton Khudobin; 12. Frederik Anderson; 13. Braden Holtby; 14. Darcy Kuemper; 15. Joonas Korpisalo; 16. Marc-Andre Fleury

ADAM KIMELMAN

1. Andrei Vasilevskiy; 2. Connor Hellebuyck; 3. Tuukka Rask; 4. Robin Lehner; 5. Carey Price; 6. Carter Hart; 7. Anton Khudobin; 8. Darcy Kuemper; 9. Ben Bishop; 10. Jacob Markstrom; 11. Jordan Binnington; 12. Frederik Andersen; 13. Jaroslav Halak; 14. Marc-Andre Fleury; 15. Tristan Jarry; 16. Elvis Merzlikins

ROBERT LAFLAMME 

1. Andrei Vasilevskiy; 2. Connor Hellebuyck; 3. Tuukka Rask; 4. Carey Price; 5. Carter Hart; 6. Darcy Kuemper; 7. Frederik Andersen; 8. Jonathan Quick; 9. Jordan Binnington; 10. Marc-Andre Fleury; 11. Tristan Jarry; 12. Robin Lehner; 13. Ben Bishop; Jacob Markstrom; 15. Anton Khudobin; 16. Igor Shesterkin

MIKE G. MORREALE

1. Andrei Vasilevskiy; 2. Connor Hellebuyck; 3. Carter Hart; 4. Carey Price; 5. Tuukka Rask; 6. Jacob Markstrom; 7. Frederik Andersen; 8. Robin Lehner; 9. Ben Bishop; 10. John Gibson; 11. Sergei Bobrovsky; 12. Braden Holtby; 13. Mackenzie Blackwood; 14. Marc-Andre Fleury; 15. Matt Murray; 16. Pekka Rinne

TRACEY MYERS 

1. Andrei Vasilevskiy; 2. Connor Hellebuyck; 3. Tuukka Rask; 4. Jordan Binnington; 5. Carey Price; 6. Carter Hart; 7. Frederik Andersen; 8. Jacob Markstrom; 9. Braden Holtby; 10. Semyon Varlamov; 11. Robin Lehner; 12. Petr Mrazek; 13. Marc-Andre Fleury; 14. Ben Bishop; 15. Anton Khudobin; 16. Sergei Bobrovsky

SHAWN P. ROARKE 

1. Tuukka Rask; 2. Connor Hellebuyck; 3. Andrei Vasilevskiy; 4. Carey Price; 5. Jordan Binnington; 6. Robin Lehner; 7. Jacob Markstrom; 8. Carter Hart; 9. Ben Bishop; 10. Frederik Andersen; 11. Braden Holtby; 12. Sergei Bobrovsky; 13. Antti Raanta; 14. Marc-Andre Fleury; 15. Darcy Kuemper; 16. Anton Khudobin

DAN ROSEN 

1. Andrei Vasilevskiy; 2. Connor Hellebuyck; 3. Tuukka Rask; 4. Carey Price; 5. Robin Lehner; 6. Jordan Binnington; 7. Carter Hart; 8. Ben Bishop; 9. Jacob Markstrom; 10. Semyon Varlamov; 11. Anton Khudobin; 12. Corey Crawford; 13. Frederik Andersen; 14. Darcy Kuemper; 15. Marc-Andre Fleury; 16. John Gibson

DAVID SATRIANO

1. Andrei Vasilevskiy; 2. Connor Hellebuyck; 3. Carey Price; 4. Frederik Andersen; 5. Carter Hart; 6. Jordan Binnington; 7. Tuukka Rask; 8. Ben Bishop; 9. Robin Lehner; 10. Ilya Samsonov; 11. Jacob Markstrom; 12. Semyon Varlamov; 13. Marc-Andre Fleury; 14. Igor Shesterkin; 15. Philipp Grubauer; 16. Braden Holtby

MIKE ZEISBERGER 

1. Andrei Vasilevskiy; 2. Tuukka Rask; 3. Connor Hellebuyck; 4. Carey Price; 5. John Gibson; 6. Jordan Binnington; 7. Carter Hart; 8. Frederik Andersen; 9. Robin Lehner; 10. Jacob Markstrom; 11. Darcy Kuemper; 12. Braden Holtby; 13. Elvis Merzlikins; 14. Ilya Samsonov; 15. Igor Shesterkin; 16. Ben Bishop

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