Here is how the goaltenders stack for fantasy hockey GMs. The rankings in parentheses are from ESPN.com and NHL.com.
Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers (ESPN-15, NHL-12): He has averaged 35.5 victories over the last six seasons. His save percentage has never dipped below .912. He earned 11 shutouts last season and posted a .923 save percentage. New York should ice a stronger team overall, so King Henrik will be the first or second goaltender picked in most drafts.
Roberto Luongo, Canucks (ESPN-9, NHL-13): His save percentage hasn’t dipped below .913 in the post-lockout era. He isn’t an elite goals-against goaltender, but he should rack up a ton of victories for this juggernaut. Vancouver has a capable back-up and a tough travel schedule, so Luongo won’t get the workload that Lundqvist or Miller will get this season.
Tim Thomas, Bruins (ESPN-24, NHL-21): He bounced back from a lesser season a (2.56 GAA and .915 save percentage) to post dominant numbers – a 2.00 GAA and a .938 save percentage, best since the NHL has kept that statistic. Heir apparent Tuukka Rask figures to see a fair amount of work as Boston tries to keep the veteran fresh for another long playoff run.
Pekka Rinne, Predators (ESPN-31, NHL-22): Nashville’s stingy defensive system makes him a good GAA bet. Barry Trotz teams tend to produce good goaltending ratios. But will he ever match last season’s 2.12 mark or his .930 save percentage? And does Nashville have enough firepower to get him some more victories?
Antti Niemi, Sharks (ESPN-61, NHL-60): It took awhile, but he finally earned the No. 1 job in San Jose. From December on, Niemi posted a 2.13 GAA and a .927 save percentage. And the Sharks should have a stronger defensive team this season.
Tomas Vokoun, Capitals (ESPN-17, NHL-66): He has been a great bad-team goaltender, racking up lofty save percentages: .919 or better the last six seasons. Now he gets to play for an offensive juggernaut, giving him a chance to rank among league leaders in victories. He is trying to reestablish his value while toiling on a modest one-year contract.
Carey Price, Canadiens (ESPN-39, NHL-36): After two so-so seasons, he celebrated Jaroslav Halak’s departure by winning 38 games and posting superior ratios (2.35, .923) in the Montreal pressure cooker. Is his career finally taking off?
Ilya Bryzgalov, Flyers (ESPN-49, NHL-53): He made the Coyotes a playoff-caliber team by earning seven shutouts and posting a .921 save percentage and 2.48 goals-against average. Philly GM Paul Holmgren placed an “all-in” bet on him and jettisoned forward Mike Richards and Jeff Carter to create budget space for him (among other reasons). He should gain wins but lose save percentage playing for this powerhouse.
Ryan Miller, Sabres (ESPN-82, NHL-38): His career 2.55 GAA and .916 save percentage are pretty pedestrian. But he is a workhorse and Buffalo is loaded, so he figures to rank among the league leaders in victories.
Corey Crawford, Blackhawks (ESPN-66, NHL-86): He eased veteran Marty Turco aside and enjoyed a stellar season (33 victories, a 2.30 GAA and .917 save percentage) behind coach Joel Quenneville’s tight-checking system.
Marc-Andre Fleury, Penguins (ESPN-100, NHL-44): His 2.62 GAA and his .912 save percentage the last three years are just ordinary. But he won 108 games during that span and remains a durable and reliable backstop for an elite team.
Martin Brodeur, Devils (ESPN-101, NHL-45): Two years ago he won 45 gamed and posted a 2.24 GAA and .916 save percentage. But New Jersey labored last season until Jacques Lemaire saved the day. Brodeur, never a great GAA performer, finished at .903. In the twilight of his career, does he have one more big campaign left?
Jimmy Howard, Red Wings (ESPN-123, NHL-76) His GAA soared from 2.26 to 2.78. His GAA sank from .924 to .908. So which goalie is he? The wins are a given – he had 37 in back-to-back years -- but his ratios are not.
Jonas Hiller, Ducks: (ESPN-99, NHL-90): His bout with vertigo-like symptoms appear to be over. If so, he should post elite numbers. During January and February last season, he posted a .936 save percentage and 2.18 GAA. Overall his 2.56 GAA and a .924 save percentage in 46 starts last season put him in the upper tier.
Jonathan Quick, Kings: (ESPN-117. THN-74): He held off Jonathan Bernier and kept his starting gig by lowering his GAA from 2.54 to 2.24 and raising his save percentage from .907 to .918. Bernier could take some more of his starts, but Quick has value as a No. 2 keeper.
Jaroslav Halak, Blues (ESPN-124, NHL-98): He played well in streaks last season, but he won just 21 of his last 49 starts as his save percentage sank to .910. But he could get 65 starts for an emerging team if he is up to the task.
Cam Ward, Hurricanes (ESPN-151, NHL-85): His 2.66 GAA and .912 save percentage during the past five years make him a second-tier fantasy goaltender, despite his generally high victory totals.
Miikka Kiprusoff, Flames (ESPN-171, NHL-84): He is a good second goaltender if you need victories. He started “just” 71 games last season, his fewest during a six-year span. He could lose a few more starts this season to Henrik Karlsson. And he has generally been a save percentage liability in recent years.
Dwayne Roloson, Lightning (NHL-109): After coming to Tampa Bay, he posted a 2.56 GAA and a .912 save percentage. At 42, he should have enough left to keep his starting assignment for a solid playoff contender. He should be a solid No. 2 option.
Craig Anderson, Senators (ESPN-137, NHL-136): He regressed in Colorado, then starred in Ottawa after his trade to the Eastern Conference. He won 11 of 18 starts while recording a 2.05 GAA and .939 save percentage. The year before he was 38-25-7 with a 2.63 GAA, a .917 save percentage and seven shutouts.
Niklas Backstrom, Wild (ESPN-191, NHL-111): He looked a bit like his old self in February, recording a 1.69 GAA and .940 save percentage in 10 starts. Otherwise he wasn’t able to match the success he enjoyed during his first three seasons. Will a coaching change lead to better results?
James Reimer, Maple Leafs (ESPN-172): Toronto had other plans in goal, but he worked his way into the lead role by putting up great ratios in January (2.31 and .932) and February (2.36 and .926)
Semyon Varlamov, Avalanche (NHL-138): He was plagued by injuries in Washington last season and erratic for Colorado during the preseason. His ratios (2.23 and .924) for the Capitals suggest he has high-end potential.
Kari Lehtonen, Stars (ESPN-152, NHL-135): His .914 save percentage ranked 24th in the NHL last year, and his 2.55 GAA was 19th. He is the clear-cut No. 1, but he is no better than a No. 2 or No. 3 fantasy option owing to his injury history and so-so career ratios.
Steve Mason, Blue Jackets (NHL-172): During the last two seasons his goals-against average soared from 2.29 to 3.05 and 3.03. He was 24-21-7 with a .901 save percentage last year. He figures to be a waiver-wire commodity if he pulls himself together.
Al Montoya, Islanders: (ESPN-202): New York had six goaltenders in camp, including oft-injured Rick DiPietro. but Montoya's work down the stretch last season (2.39 GAA and .921 save percentage in 18 starts) gave him a leg up on the competition.
Ondrej Pavelec, Jets (ESPN-209, NHL-168): He was decent (2.73 GAA and .914 save percentage) for a bad team. Difficult travel will force Winnipeg to use back-up Chris Mason more this season.
Jose Theodore, Panthers (ESPN-206): Scott Clemmensen’s preseason injury gave him the clear shot to start the year as the No. 1 man. But what kind of team defense will Florida play with its rebuilt team? Theodore had ordinary ratios (2.71 and .916), as the back-up in Minnesota last year.
Devan Dubnyk, Oilers: Will Edmonton’s youth movement extend to the goal? It should. Nikolai Khabibulin is ripe for replacement. Nice sleeper pick for a No. 3 netminder here.