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Who is the best goalie?

Posted 2:06 PM ET | Comments 9
There is a lot of differences of opinion on who the best goalies in the league are from year to year. I dug deep into the numbers to see who the cream of the crop really has been over the last 5 years. Most of these will be expected but there may be a couple that surprise some. I pulled the stats for GAA and SV% for the last 5 years and averaged out their numbers to find the top 8 goalies in recent history. Finally I ranked them 1-8 in each category of GAA, SV%, and wins and added them up for a final ranking.

GAA SV% Wins
1. Roberto Luongo .919 2.356 190
2. Henrik Lundquist .918 2.325 180
3. Martin Brodeur .917 2.251 177
4. Tim Thomas .922 2.462 143
5. Niklas Backstrom .918 2.407 140
6. Ryan Miller .916 2.539 184
7. Tomas Vokoun .922 2.555 127
8. Ilya Bryzgalov .916 2.542 140

And the winner is Luongo. He came in with the most wins, Brodeur with the best GAA, and Thomas & Vokoun tied with the best SV%. The biggest surprise to me on this list is Tomas Vokoun. I knew he was a good goalie playing on a bad team but I didn’t think he would be among the best. A lot of Sabres fans question whether or not Miller should be considered elite or just another average goalie. This should show you that he should be mentioned with the best and not just another overpaid player. Who would you want going into the playoffs?

Next up: Is Connolly worth keeping around next season, and if so for how much?

If you like this article please let me know in the comments. I haven’t done any in 2 years but I find I am having some free time at work now to explore my love of stats.

Filed Under:   airtsabes   goalie   buffalo   sabres   luongo   miller   brodeur  
March 29, 2011 3:20 PM ET | Delete
connolly is worth keeping for under 3m per season
March 29, 2011 3:21 PM ET | Delete
Defiantly a good article. I think playoff stats are more telling then regular season because thats when the real pressure is on. While luongo is the best goalie in the regular season i dont think his stats are quite that impressive in the post season. Good stuff!
March 29, 2011 3:58 PM ET | Delete
Dylan, initial findings find that you are pretty close with Connolly.Sf, it would be interesting to see what goalies have been the best in the playoffs too. I'll work on that.
March 29, 2011 4:15 PM ET | Delete
I would be interested in an updated list at the end of the regular season... some of these goalies are hotter than others an addition 6-8 games each could affect the overall rankings.I agree... Connolly in the 2.5-2.8mil range would be ok... mostly because I am certain Luke Adam will be ready for full-time duty next season.
March 29, 2011 4:16 PM ET | Delete
edit: I am NOT certain Luke Adam will be ready for full-time duty next season.
March 29, 2011 4:32 PM ET | Delete
There are Sabres fans that think Miller is average???? Thats asanine, if I was to replace Kipper with anyone it would be Miller for now and Schneider for the future.
March 30, 2011 12:37 AM ET | Delete
I am not close with connolly but at south of 3m it's not bad, the UFA class at centre is very weak and Adam and Byron are not ready quite yet IMO, I like the Idea of getting a number 2 and keeping connolly at 3. There is no reason to overpay for stastny or spezza IMO, we have to draft the 1 centre
March 31, 2011 10:59 AM ET | Delete
Vokoun is the most underrated goalie in the league, by far. He has consistently put up very good save percentage numbers, and his career win-loss record (261-267-76) is actually pretty outstanding for a goalie who has only played on two playoff teams in his 12-year career. If the teams he played for had even been good enough to call themselves "mediocre," he'd be a perennial Vezina finalist.
April 1, 2011 10:11 PM ET | Delete
airsabre, i will have to agree with dylan, he really knows his stuff, knows alot more than 99% of the other posters
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