The Hockey News has published NHL player rankings at the start of every season for several decades. In the 2019-20 edition, curated by Ryan Kennedy, we must scroll to No. 14 to find the first goaltender: reigning Vezina Trophy winner Andrei Vasilevskiy.
No goalie could sniff the top 10 because the position has become so fickle from year to year that it’s difficult to separate the best of the best from the rest of their peers. Vasilevskiy was a deserving Vezina winner, but he started just 53 games and didn’t lead the league in goals-against average, save percentage or shutouts. He led the league in wins, the stat that sways Vezina voters, a.k.a. NHL GMs, the most.
If we look at The Hockey News’ player rankings from the 1990s and 2000s, superstar netminders regularly appeared at or near th...
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