The NHL Goalie Ladder

Last modified: April 2, 2011 at 10:50 am

The NHL goalie ladder ranks active NHL goaltenders bi-weekly. Expected performance and performance prior to this season is not accounted for. Preference is given to goaltenders with more starts and goaltenders that are not battling for the starting position on their team. A ‘NR’ in the “Change” column mean the goalie was not previously ranked.

Rnk. Player Change
1 Tim Thomas

1.98 GAA and .939 SV%, ’nuff said

2 Pekka Rinne

The only other contender for the Vezina w/ 2.10 GAA and .929 SV%.

3 Roberto Luongo

Guaranteed wins as the starting goalie in Vancouver.

4 Marc-Andre Fleury

Huge reason why the Pens are pushing for the Division/Conference.

5 Henrik Lundqvist

Will start every game until/if Rangers clinch.

6 Jonathan Quick

Loss of Kopitar hurts plus loses starts to Bernier.

7 Carey Price

Allowed four or more goals in three of last six starts.

8 Corey Crawford

Will start every game as the Blackhawks chose their horse.

9 Antti Niemi

Big reason why the Sharks just passed the Red Wings.

10 Ilya Bryzgalov

Quietly led the ‘Yotes within reach of the Pacific Division title.

11 Sergei Bobrovsky

The chosen playoff goalie for the Flyers.

12 Michal Neuvirth

The chosen playoff goalie for the Caps.

13 Kari Lehtonen

Likely makes six more starts as the Stars try to claw back in.

14 Cam Ward

Likely the Canes MVP this season.

15 Dwayne Roloson

Drinking Selanne juice.

16 Jimmy Howard

Watching blowout loss emphasized importance of Howard.

17 Martin Brodeur

Won’t make playoffs but a respectable season nonetheless.

18 James Reimer

Essentially nailed down the starting role for next year.

19 Niklas Backstrom

2-6-1 with a 3.81 GAA in March; losing starts to Theodore.

20 Craig Anderson

Allowed one goal or less in 11 of 16 starts as a Senator.

21 Ray Emery

A “godsend” says Carlyle.

22 Jhonas Enroth

Shutout Rangers in first start subbing for Miller.

23 Miikka Kiprusoff

Likely concedes starts to Karlsson with team eliminated.

24 Jaroslav Halak

Should start every night from here on out.

25 Brian Boucher

Continues to be the most valuable backup in hockey

26 Cory Schneider

Second most valuable backup in hockey.

27 Semyon Varlamov

At this point only a handcuff to Neuvirth.

28 Al Montoya

Loses starts to DiPietro but very talented.

29 Ondrej Pavelec

Stuck in platoon with Mason.

30 Scott Clemmensen

Probably starts at least two of remaining four games.


ON THE BUBBLE: Chris Mason, ATL; Marty Turco, CHI; Peter Budaj; COL; Brian Elliott, COL; Mathieu Garon, CBJ; Steve Mason, CBJ;  Devan Dubnyk, EDM; Nikolai Khabibulin, EDM; Jonathan Bernier, LAK; Jose Theodore, MIN; Johan Hedberg, NJD; Rick DiPietro, NYI;Antero Niittymaki, SJS.

DROPPED OUT: Jonas Hiller, ANA

IR: Ryan Miller, BUF; Tomas Vokoun, FLA; Kevin Poulin, NYI; Martin Biron, NYR; Pascal Leclaire, OTT;

4 Comments For This Post

  1. Tony Says:

    I don’t see why Neuvirth is on the IR list. He’s just got a cold or something.

  2. Tony Says:

    And Ray Emery is listed on the bubble when he’s also down as #29.
    Other than that, great list. Only thing I don’t agree with is Montoya’s drastic downgrade. Montoya is still playing solidly and DiPietro has yet to show he’s the better goaltender… but I guess we’ll see after NYI faces off Philly with DiPietro manning the net tonight…
    I would have downgraded Varlamov off the list instead, since I think the Caps have chosen Neuvy as their playoff goalie and will likely play him more to get him into a good rhythm.

  3. Bryan Smalley Says:

    I’m in a keeper league and we’re allowed to keep two goalies. I have Bryzgalov, Howard, and Bobrovsky on my roster. I’m leaning towards keeping Bryzgalov and Howard. Is this a wise decision?

  4. John Says:

    Your kidding me right?
    you have to keep Bryzgalov if your allowed…….I would keep Howard over Bobrovsky but you can argue it either way. I think Bobrovsky is less likely to still be the starter in Philly then Howard in Detroit.

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