Most people wait until at least the second round of their fantasy hockey draft to go ahead and start thinking about a goalie, but they are still one of the most important positions to target fairly early on. If you want the cream of the crop this season, you might just need to draft one with your first overall pick. Here are the top five, with an overall ranking suggestion as well.
The goalie expected to start for Team USA at the Sochi Olympics is poised for yet another outstanding NHL hockey season. At age 27, he is in the prime of his career. His fantasy hockey numbers were not that great by his standards last year, but he should be a late first-round pick this season.
You can’t really go wrong with either Quick or Lundqvist as the first goalie off the board, as the two are in a class of their own in fantasy hockey. The Rangers put together a pretty solid regular season in 2012-2013, and a lot of that had to do with Lundqvist’s play in net.
If you can’t grab those first two fantasy hockey goalies but want to get the next best thing, Rask is probably the answer. The Boston Bruins have locked him up for a while, and the 26 year old has shown that he is about as dependable as they come. If he can keep his GAA around 2.00 once again, he will provide outstanding value.
The Predators struggled some last year, and Rinne’s numbers were not all that great either. However, his track record still shows that he is one of the best in goal even as he goes into his 30s. Unless someone reaches for him, he should last until the third or fourth round.
Columbus has had little to be excited about in their short history, but with Bobrovsky emerging as a top goalie, they might actually make some playoff noise. The youngest goalie on this list, he could go as high as the fourth round in some leagues. He has the tools to top this list at some point in his career.