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Top 25 Goalies: Which masked men make the grade?

It's the most important position in the sport, and these keepers make the greatest difference for their clubs.

1. Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning
Goalies aren’t as intimidating as they once were, but Vasilevskiy is as close as it gets to a sure thing. He’s got his first Vezina.

2. Sergei Bobrovsky, Florida Panthers
The big move to Florida puts him under the gun, but ‘Bob’ faced plenty of pressure last season and came out looking pretty good.

3. Ben Bishop, Dallas Stars
Injuries limited him, but when Bishop was healthy, he was playing Vezina-worthy hockey. Plus, the Stars nearly beat the Blues.

4. John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks
On a bad team, Gibson managed to put up good stats for a while. Eventually it took a toll, but he’s the Ducks’ best hope right now.

5. Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
Bounce-back season included four shutouts, his most in years. With a better team in front of him, will we see the old Price full time?

6. Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas Golden Knights
The backbone of a very good team, Fleury has been a top NHL starter for years as well as a great ambassador in the new hockey city.

7. Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins
Truly underappreciated, Rask played some of his best hockey as the Bruins went to the Cup final. He gives them a chance every night.

8. Robin Lehner, Chicago Blackhawks
One of the best stories in sports, Lehner gets another chance to make a great first impression in Chicago after helping the Isles.

9. Frederik Andersen, Toronto Maple Leafs
Bailed out a defensively suspect squad on a number of occasions and has done so for a few years now. Shoulders a big workload.

10. Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets
His numbers took a hit, though he was still pretty good for the Jets. Hellebuyck has the size and demeanor to be a difference-maker.

11. Matt Murray, Pittsburgh Penguins
When he’s healthy, he can be one of the most effective goaltenders in the NHL, but that has started to become a big question.

12. Jordan Binnington, St. Louis Blues
Still hasn’t faced every team in his division, but he does have a Stanley Cup and nearly won the Conn Smythe. A real cool customer.

13. Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators
When you’re as big and talented as Rinne, age becomes less of a factor. Eventually he’ll cede the crease to Juuse Saros, but not yet.

14. Philipp Grubauer, Colorado Avalanche
There was a question as to how he’d do as a starter, and that question was answered. The Avs found their guy in the German national.

15. Carter Hart, Philadelphia Flyers
Making the best of a bad situation in Philly, Hart started his NHL career early and really impressed. Can the kid play 55-60 games?

16. Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild
Decent numbers on a middling team, but Dubnyk has shown his upside in the past. He has already persevered a lot in his career.

17. Thomas Greiss, New York Islanders
As great as Lehner was on Long Island, Greiss had near-identical stats and earned his share of the Jennings. Now he’ll spell Varlamov.

18. Petr Mrazek, Carolina Hurricanes
Came on when the Canes needed him and got the ‘Bunch of Jerks’ into the post-season. Now do it for 60 games instead of 40.

19. Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals
His numbers have taken a tumble over the past two years, but the Caps are still winning. The ‘Holtbeast’ needs to round back into form.

20. Martin Jones, San Jose Sharks
He gets pilloried by outsiders, but Sharks players and coaches have utmost confidence in him. He bails them out as things get risky.

21. Darcy Kuemper, Arizona Coyotes
A big reason why Arizona was competitive last season. He had one of the NHL’s best save percentages and has great quickness and size.

22. Anton Khudobin, Dallas Stars
Won crucial games for the Stars and boasted one of the league’s top SPs. Gets blown out sometimes but keeps a cool head.

23. Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings
Still bringing his lunchpail to Detroit every game, Howard is a leader on a rebuilding squad, and his SP on a bad team was decent.

23. Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings
Still bringing his lunchpail to Detroit every game, Howard is a leader on a rebuilding squad, and his SP on a bad team was decent.

25. David Rittich, Calgary Flames
Surprised shooters in his first NHL campaign. Now he gets a new partner and a bigger challenge as the league is more familiar with him.



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