The importance of goaltending in the NHL is an understated fact. In many ways, an NHL roster is only as good as its goaltender. They are the ones responsible for stopping the opposition’s scoring attempts. Consequently, they are often the ones who shoulder the largest portion of blame during defeat. With the emergence of young stars such as Jake Allen and John Gibson and the re-emergence of several key veterans, goaltending depth in the NHL has never been greater. The following are the 10 best goalies currently playing in the NHL. During a one-game do or die playoff scenario, these are the goalies to feel most comfortable with tending the crease.
10. Devan Dubnyk (Minnesota Wild)
What a ride it has been for the former 14th overall draft pick. Given the reins to start for a dysfunctional Edmonton Oilers squad, the potential was always there (as evidenced by a .921 save percentage during 2012-13); however, the journey was rocky as two sub-.900 season efforts attest. The Oilers defensive incompetence simply did not allow Dubnyk a fair shot; absolutely no goalie could have succeeded there. Eventually latching on with the Arizona Coyotes in 2014, Dubnyk posted average numbers before Arizona gave up on him far too soon, trading him to the Minnesota Wild. A reinvigorated Dubnyk then stopped nearly every puck and carried the Wild into a playoff spot. His play has carried over into this season where he is tending with confidence. While difficult not to dwell on the past, one can look into the future and see Dubnyk, now in his prime, being treated fairly and performing admirably. This is an aggressive ranking, but one with merit. Dubnyk is a top-10 goalie in the NHL.