2022-23 Fantasy Hockey: Goaltender tiers start with Andrei Vasilevskiy and Igor Shesterkin

The hardest place to evaluate in Fantasy hockey is definitely the goaltenders. There are only a few goalies you’ll be able to depend on a year-to-year foundation, so choosing a first-tier goaltender is tremendous essential, as maximum swimming pools will use two goalies and commit 25-40 % of classes to the placement. With that during thoughts, let’s destroy down this yr’s crop of goaltenders into tiers.

Tier 1 – The Elite  

Andrei Vasilevskiy, Igor Shesterkin

Vasilevskiy has been within the peak tier for the closing 5 seasons and is probably the most dependable goaltender within the NHL so far as Fantasy is worried. The indisputable fact that he performs for a peak crew within the Lightning assures him of quite a few wins, and he is persevered to polish in GAA and save share, even if his figures in the ones classes dropped closing season to two.49 and .916 from 2.21 and .925 in 2020-21. Shesterkin joins the primary tier for the primary time — he was once exceptional in 2021-22. He crowned the debate for the Hart Trophy till he hit a hunch in the second one week of March that lasted into the second one spherical of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, however he in the long run became it round. Still, his play within the first 60 video games of the season was once outstanding, so he nonetheless controlled to complete 3rd within the Hart race whilst successful the Vezina Trophy because the NHL’s peak goalie. Shesterkin ended the season with a 36-13-4 mark to move with a 2.07 GAA and a .935 save share. Both netminders must be drafted inside the peak seven to 8 choices within the opening spherical of Fantasy drafts.

Tier 2 – Vezina Contenders

Frederik Andersen, Ilya Sorokin, Juuse Saros, Jacob Markstrom, Jack Campbell, Jake Oettinger, Thatcher Demko

Every goalkeeper in the second one tier is value taking in rounds 2-4. Sorokin may well be the most efficient of the bunch if the Islanders flip it round with their new trainer, as his GAA and save share had been exceptional closing season, however his loss of wins (26) moved him down a tier. Andersen was once terrific in his first season with the Hurricanes, going 35-14-3 with a 2.17 GAA and a .922 save share. Edmonton will hope for a similar after signing him in loose company this summer season. Campbell was once nice for the primary part of 2021-22, however he slumped in the second one part of the season. Nonetheless, the Oilers went all in throughout loose company and expect Campbell to be a top-ten goaltender in 2022-23. Saros has briefly made Nashville lovers overlook concerning the nice Pekka Rinne, and Markstrom led the NHL in shutouts closing season with 9, two greater than Sorokin. Oettinger is without doubt one of the NHL’s peak up-and-coming goaltenders. Demko will play a large number of video games with the Canucks and get quite a few wins, however his GAA may well be reasonable.

Tier 3 – The Veterans (and others)

Marc-Andre Fleury, Sergei Bobrovsky, Connor Hellebuyck, Tristan Jarry, Darcy Kuemper, Alexandar Georgiev

The veterans that prime the 3rd tier are most likely at the problem in their careers. Fleury is beginning the season with his 3rd crew in 3 years and whilst he has performed smartly, he’s going to be 38 by the point the season is 2 months previous. Fleury was once higher with the Wild after his industry from the Blackhawks on the cut-off date closing yr, going 9-2-0. Bobrovsky returned to shape closing season after two mediocre campaigns with Florida, however he is being chased through Spencer Knight, the Panthers goalie of the longer term, and may see his begins lower considerably in 2022-23. Hellebuyck was once a part of the highest tier closing season with Vasilevskiy however he is fallen since. If he can go back to shape, he’d soar into the second one tier, however Winnipeg is not a really perfect crew and Helley’s win overall will be suppressed. Jarry starred for the Penguins closing season and gained some Vezina attention. At age 27, he is within the top of his occupation, however 2021-22 was once in point of fact the primary excellent season Jarry had. Kuemper strikes from the Stanley Cup champion Avalanche to the Capitals. Kuemper had a really perfect season with the Avs closing yr, going 37-12-4 with a 2.54 GAA and a .921 save share, however he’s going to be hard-pressed to come back with reference to that mark with Washington. Georgiev is the wild card right here as he strikes from being a backup with the Rangers to a No. 1 function with Colorado. If he performs smartly, Georgiev can be a thieve if you choose him after the fourth spherical.

Tier 4 – Goaltending Battles

Ilya Samsonov, Matt Murray, Jeremy Swayman, Linus Ullmark

This is definitely probably the most attention-grabbing tier because the Maple Leafs and the Bruins are each top-seven groups, however they have not determined which netminder must function their No. 1. I’m leaning towards Samsonov and Swayman. and each will pass previous in drafts, however Murray and Ullmark are greater than able to beginning and turning into giant Fantasy belongings. You’ll be taking a possibility with any of those goalies if you choose them early on, however the chance/praise may well be value it.

Tier 5 – The Next Best

Elvis Merzlikins, Jonathan Quick, Jordan Binnington, Logan Thompson, Ville Husso, James Reimer, John Gibson

Merzlikins would be the starter in Columbus with the enhanced Blue Jackets — he may have a occupation yr. Quick rebounded closing season to regain the starter’s web in Los Angeles after 3 depressing years, however at age 36, he should not be anticipated to copy, even if the Kings are an up-and-coming crew. Binnington remains to be dwelling off successful the Stanley Cup in 2019, and whilst he gained 30 video games the next season, he is handiest registered 18 wins in each and every of the closing two years. Thompson will most likely get the primary crack at beginning in Vegas with Robin Lehner out for the yr, and he may transfer up the ranks if the Golden Knights go back to glory. Husso was once exceptional with St. Louis closing season, however Detroit remains to be a crew that is not in a position to make the playoffs, and that can most likely harm his stats. Reimer will start for a San Jose crew that can battle to make the playoffs. Gibson has struggled the closing couple seasons, however the Ducks may marvel, particularly if Gibson regains his mojo.

Carter Hart, Vitek Vanecek, Cam Talbot, Philipp Grubauer, Jake Allen, Spencer Knight

Hart will glance to dance again after a few deficient seasons with a lackluster Philadelphia crew. Vanecek strikes from Washington to New Jersey the place he must start over the oft-injured Mackenzie Blackwood. Talbot strikes from Minnesota to an Ottawa crew that would marvel many. Grubauer was once a celebrity in Colorado in 2020-21 however was once a dud in Seattle of their first season within the NHL. Allen may soar out of this tier as Montreal performed much better underneath Martin St. Louis, who gets the crew for all the yr. Knight is hard to position in any tier as he’s the Panthers’ goalie of the longer term, however for now he nonetheless has the ‘$10 million guy’ Bobrovsky forward of him. I feel Knight would be the starter through Christmas, however he won’t play sufficient to be value a top pick out.

Tier 7 – Only Worth Drafting in Deep Pools

Karel Vejmelka, Craig Anderson, Kevin Lankinen

While Anderson performs for Buffalo, he is usually a lot higher this season. He’s 41 and now not anticipated to hold a large load so far as video games performed are involved. Vejmelka and Lankinen will start for Arizona and Chicago respectively, and each groups want to tank to take a look at and get the primary general pick out. The ultimate goalies now not discussed right here must be backups and worthy of variety handiest within the private of swimming pools.

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