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The 10 Best And 10 Worst NHL Goalies Of The Last 5 Years

The last five NHL seasons have been quite interesting. The Chicago Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup twice in the last four seasons; with this year’s winner still anyone’s guess. The Washington Capitals, on the other hand, won the President’s Trophy last season for finishing with the most points and are also the current NHL leaders this year.

But as we all know, anything can happen in hockey. For example, I don’t think many people would have imagined the Minnesota Wild’s twelve-game winning streak earlier this season, not to mention the sixteen-game winning streak of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

There are so many great superstars in the NHL, but we often forget about the extremely important role that goaltenders have. You can have the greatest team of superstars, but without a talented goaltender, it doesn’t really matter how great your forwards are.

Goaltenders often face 30 or more shots each game. They’re constantly moving around the net, blocking shots and are quite often seen playing the puck to their teammates. And if the game is still tied after overtime, they go to a shootout where it’s the goaltender’s responsibility to save the day.

There are so many talented goaltenders in the league, and of course some who are definitely struggling. I made a list of the 10 best and 10 worst goaltenders in the last five seasons (2012-13 to this current season).

20 Worst: Semyon Varlamov

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Semyon Varlamov has spent the last five seasons of the NHL career with the Colorado Avalanche. Prior to that, he began his career with the Washington Capitals in 2008-09.

For the past five years, the 6’2, 209 pound goaltender has played in 236 regular season games and has recorded 113 wins (including 13 shutouts), 97 losses and 20 overtime/shootout losses, along with a 2.73 goals against average and a .916 save percentage. He also appeared in 7 playoff games but recorded just 3 wins.

Although he had a fantastic 2013-14 season with 41 wins in 63 games, his numbers have been declining ever since. And so far this season he has just 6 wins and 17 losses in 24 games, along with a very disappointing 3.38 GAA. The Avalanche are currently ranked last in the entire league.

19 Best: Marc-Andre Fleury

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Marc-Andre Fleury has spent his entire thirteen-year NHL career with the Pittsburgh Penguins which began in 2003-04. The 6’2, 180 pound goaltender had helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup in 2009 and 2016.

During the last five years, he has accumulated 145 wins (including 21 shutouts), 70 losses and 24 overtime/shootout losses, along with a 2.42 goals against average and a .917 save percentage in 247 regular season games. He has also appeared in 25 playoff games and earned 10 wins including 3 shutouts.

Although he’s still ranked as one of the best goalies, he’s currently struggling this season with a record of 14-7-4, along with a pretty high 3.15 GAA in 28 games. In fact, in his last five games, he let in a total of 16 goals. But the Penguins are still one of the best teams in the league, as they are currently ranked 3rd in the Eastern Conference.

18 Worst: Steve Mason

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Steve Mason is currently in his ninth NHL season which began with Columbus in 2008-09. In fact, he was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy in 2009 for being the rookie of the year. For the last five seasons, he has played for the Columbus Blue Jackets and currently the Philadelphia Flyers.

In the past five seasons, the 6’4, 210 pound goaltender has played 227 regular season games and recorded 97 wins (including 12 shutouts), 79 losses and 35 overtime/shootout losses, along with a 2.52 goals against average and a .917 save percentage. He also appeared in 8 playoff games but produced just 2 wins.

He has only recorded 30 or more wins twice during his career, the last time being in 2013-14. So far this season, he has played 41 games and has a record of 16-16-6, along with a 2.90 GAA. The Flyers are currently ranked 8th in the Eastern Conference.

17 Best: Ben Bishop

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Ben Bishop’s NHL career began during the 2008-09 season with the St. Louis Blues. He then spent a short time with the Ottawa Senators before joining the Tampa Bay Lightning, which is where he still plays. Although the past five years were mostly with Tampa Bay, he did begin the 2012-13 season with Ottawa.

During the past five seasons, the very large 6’7, 216 pound goaltender played a total of 237 regular season games and earned 136 wins (including 18 shutouts), 69 losses and 20 overtime/shootout losses, along with a 2.30 goals against average and a .920 save percentage. He also appeared in 36 playoff games and tallied 21 wins including 5 shutouts.

Currently this season, he has played in 29 games and has a record of 13-12-3, along with a 2.69 GAA. The Lightning are currently ranked last (16th place) in the Eastern Conference.

16 Worst: Jonathan Bernier

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Jonathan Bernier’s career began with Los Angeles during the 2007-08 season. In the last five years, he has played for the Los Angeles Kings, Toronto Maple Leafs, and currently the Anaheim Ducks. He helped the Kings win the Stanley Cup in 2012.

In the past five years, the 6 foot tall, 184 pound goaltender has played a total of 185 regular season games and has recorded 76 wins (including 8 shutouts), 75 losses and 20 overtime/shootout losses, along with a 2.74 goals against average and a .915 save percentage. He also appeared in just one playoff game.

Since reaching 26 wins in 2013-14, his numbers have been dropping. So far this season, he has played in 20 games with a record of 8-4-2, along with a 2.82 GAA. The Ducks are currently ranked 4th in the Western Conference.

15 Best: Jonathan Quick

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Jonathan Quick has spent his entire ten-year NHL career with the Los Angeles Kings beginning with the 2007-08 season. He also helped them win the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014.

In the past five seasons, the 6’1, 218 pound goaltender has played 227 regular season games and accumulated 121 wins (including 18 shutouts), 75 losses and 26 overtime/shootout losses, along with a 2.23 goals against average and a .915 save percentage. He also played in 49 playoff games and earned 26 wins including 5 shutouts.

He was awarded the William M. Jennings Trophy in 2014 for being the goaltender of the team who allowed the fewest goals scored against them during the regular season. He had previously won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2012 as the playoff MVP.

So far this season he has only played one game and is currently still out with an injury. The Kings are currently ranked 9th in the Western Conference.

14 Worst: Robin Lehner

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Robin Lehner is currently in his seventh NHL season which began in 2010-11 with Ottawa. For the past five years, he has played for the Ottawa Senators and currently the Buffalo Sabres.

In the last five years, the 6’4, 239 pound goaltender has played 129 regular season games and recorded 44 wins (including 3 shutouts), 53 losses and 24 overtime/shootout losses, along with a 2.72 goals against average and a .919 save percentage. He also appeared in two playoff games but didn’t earn any wins.

Except for 2012-13, he has recorded more losses than wins in the last four seasons including this season. So far this season he has a record of 13-14-6, along with a 2.53 GAA in 35 games. The Sabres are currently ranked 14th in the Eastern Conference.

13 Best: Tuukka Rask

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Tuukka Rask has spent his entire ten-year NHL career with the Boston Bruins which began in the 2007-08 season. He also helped them win the Stanley Cup in 2011.

In the last five years, he has played 272 regular season games and earned 145 wins (including 24 shutouts), 81 losses and 36 overtime/shootout losses, along with a 2.27 goals against average and a .921 save percentage. He also appeared in 34 playoff games and recorded 21 wins including 5 shutouts.

In 2014, he was awarded the Vezina Trophy for being the best goalie in the league.

So far this season, he has played in 44 games and has a record of 25-13-4, along with a 2.31 GAA. The Bruins are currently ranked 9th in the Eastern Conference.

12 Worst: Ryan Miller

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Ryan Miller is currently in his fourteenth NHL season which began with Buffalo in 2002-03. For the last five years, he’s played for the Buffalo Sabres, St. Louis Blues, and currently the Vancouver Canucks.

The 6’2, 168 pound goaltender’s career started off great with at least 30 or more wins in seven consecutive seasons from 2005-06 to 2011-12. He was even awarded the Vezina Trophy and the NHL Foundation Player Award in 2010. However, he’s definitely been slowing down during the last five years.

In the last five seasons, he’s played 227 regular season games and posted 102 wins (including 10 shutouts), 100 losses, and 22 overtime/shootout losses, along with a 2.66 goals against average and a .915 save percentage. In fact, he’s only one of two goalies (Mike Smith is the other one) who have recorded at least 100 losses in the past five years. He also appeared in 9 playoff games but recorded just 3 wins.

So far this season, he has played in 32 games with a record of 14-14-3, along with a 2.64 GAA. The Canucks are currently ranked 11th in the Western Conference.

11 Best: Carey Price

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For the past five seasons, Carey Price has been playing for the Montreal Canadiens. The 6’3, 226 pound goaltender has actually spent his entire career so far with the Canadiens beginning with the 2007-08 season to the present day.

In the past five seasons, he has played a total of 217 regular season games with a record of 132 wins (including 22 shutouts), 64 losses and 20 overtime/shootout losses, along with a 2.25 goals against average and a .924 save percentage. He also appeared in 28 playoff games and earned 15 wins including 2 shutouts.

2014-15 was definitely his best season so far, as he lead all NHL goaltenders that year with 44 wins and a phenomenal 1.96 goals against average. Also that year he was awarded four trophies:

Vezina Trophy for being the best goalie in the league.

Ted Lindsay Award for being the “most outstanding player” in the NHL.

William M. Jennings Trophy for being the goaltender of the team who allowed the fewest goals scored against them during the regular season.

Hart Memorial Trophy for being the most valuable player of the regular season.

Currently this season, he has played 41 games with a record of 23-13-5, along with a 2.39 GAA. The Canadiens are currently ranked 5th in the Eastern Conference.

10 Worst: Cory Schneider

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Cory Schneider is currently in his ninth NHL season which began with Vancouver in 2008-09. For the past five years, he played for the Vancouver Canucks and currently plays for the New Jersey Devils.

In the last five seasons, the 6’3, 205 pound goaltender has played in 243 regular season games and tallied 103 wins (including 19 shutouts), 95 losses and 39 overtime/shootout losses, along with a 2.23 goals against average and a .922 save percentage. He also played in two playoff games but failed to record any wins.

Despite having a decent 2012-13 season, the last four years haven’t been the best for Schneider. He only has eight more wins than losses (103 wins to 95 losses). And this season isn’t treating him the best either with a record of 17-15-8, along with a 2.66 GAA in 41 games thus far. The Devils are currently ranked 12th in the Eastern Conference.

9 Best: Corey Crawford

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Corey Crawford has been playing with the Chicago Blackhawks for the past five seasons. In fact, his entire career thus far has been with Chicago which began with two games in the 2005-06 season. , The 6’2, 216 pound goaltender helped the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in 2013 and 2015.

In the last five years, he has played a total of 240 regular season games with a record of 139 wins (including 16 shutouts), 71 losses and 28 overtime/shootout losses, along with a 2.30 goals against average and a .921 save percentage. He has also appeared in 69 playoff games and has 43 wins including 4 shutouts (he leads all NHL goalies in playoff wins).

He was awarded two William M. Jennings Trophies (in 2013 and 2015) for being the goaltender of the team who allowed the fewest goals scored against them during the regular season.

So far this season, he has played 36 games with a record of 21-12-3, along with a 2.59 GAA. The Blackhawks are currently ranked 2nd in the Western Conference.

8 Worst: Ben Scrivens

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Ben Scriven’s NHL career began during the 2011-12 season with Toronto. For the last five seasons, he has played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers and Montreal Canadiens.

In the last five years, the 6’2, 180 pound goaltender played a total of 132 regular season games and recorded 43 wins (including 7 shutouts), 59 losses and 15 overtime/shootout losses, along with a 2.90 goals against average and a .906 save percentage. He had not appeared in any playoff games.

His last NHL appearance was with the Montreal Canadiens last season (2015-16) where he recorded just 5 wins in 15 games. After a struggling career in the NHL, he’s now currently playing overseas in the Kontinental Hockey League for the Dinamo Minsk.

7 Best: Henrik Lundqvist

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For the past five seasons, Henrik Lundqvist has been playing for the New York Rangers. In fact, the 6’1, 188 pound goaltender has spent his entire career thus far with the Rangers beginning with the 2005-06 season to the present day.

In the past five seasons, he has played in 257 games and posted a record of 146 wins (including 18 shutouts), 87 losses and 19 overtime/shootout losses, along with a 2.37 goals against average and a .920 save percentage. He also appeared in 61 playoff games and recorded 30 wins including 3 shutouts.

In 2012-13, his 24 regular season wins tied him with Niklas Backstrom and Antti Niemi for first place among all goaltenders that year.

Currently this season, he has played 40 games and has a record of 24-13-1, along with a 2.69 GAA. The Rangers are currently ranked 4th in the Eastern Conference.

6 Worst: Mike Smith

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Mike Smith is currently in his eleventh NHL season which began during the 2006-07 season. For the last five years, he’s been playing for the Arizona Coyotes. Prior to that, he played for the Dallas Stars and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

In the last five years, the 6’4, 215 pound goaltender has played in 223 regular season games and accumulated just 83 wins (including 12 shutouts), 103 losses and 27 overtime/shootout losses, along with a 2.81 goals against average and a .912 save percentage. In fact, he has accumulated the most losses among all NHL goalies in the last five years. He had not played in any playoff games in the last five seasons.

So far this season, he has played 33 games with a record of 12-15-5, along with a 2.86 GAA. The Coyotes are currently ranked 13th in the Western Conference.

5 Best: Sergei Bobrovsky

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Sergei Bobrovsky has spent the last five years playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets (he previously played for the Philadelphia Flyers from 2010 to 2012).

Over the last five seasons, the 6’2, 182 pound goaltender has played in 226 regular season games and has accumulated 127 wins (including 15 shutouts), 77 losses and 18 overtime/shootout losses, along with a 2.41 goals against average and a .921 save percentage. He also played in 6 playoff games and earned 2 wins.

In 2013, he was awarded the Vezina Trophy for being the best goalie in the league.

So far this season, he has played 42 games with a record of 29-10-3, along with a 2.18 GAA. In fact, his 29 wins tie him for first overall among all NHL goalies this season to date (tied with Devan Dubnyk). The Blue Jackets are currently ranked 2nd in the Eastern Conference.

4 Worst: Anders Lindback

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Anders Lindback has spent the last five years of his NHL career playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars, Buffalo Sabres and the Arizona Coyotes. Prior to that, he spent the first two seasons of his career with the Nashville Predators from 2010 to 2012.

In the last five years, the large 6’6, 215 pound goaltender played a total of 92 regular season games and recorded just 29 wins (including 1 shutout), 45 losses and 6 overtime/shootout losses, along with a 3.00 goals against average and a .900 save percentage. He also appeared in 4 playoff games but didn’t win any of them.

He struggled during his time in the NHL playing for five different teams in six seasons and failing to rack up big wins. Lindback, who’s originally from Sweden, is currently playing overseas in the Swedish Hockey League with Rogle BK.

3 Best: Devan Dubnyk

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Devan Dubnyk has been pretty busy during the last few years. The large 6’6, 213 pound goaltender has played for four different teams over the last five seasons: Edmonton Oilers (his NHL career began with Edmonton in 2009-10), Nashville Predators, Arizona Coyotes and currently the Minnesota Wild.

During the last five seasons, he has played a total of 238 regular season games and earned 122 wins (including 20 shutouts), 83 losses and 22 overtime/shootout losses, along with a 2.39 goals against average and a .920 save percentage. He has also played in 16 playoff games and had 6 wins including one shutout.

In 2015, he was awarded the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for being the player who best showed qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to the sport.

So far this season, he has played 41 games and has a record of 29-9-3, along with a tremendous 1.99 GAA. In fact, his 29 wins tie him for first overall among all NHL goalies this season to date (tied with Sergei Bobrovsky). The Wild are currently ranked 1st overall in the Western Conference.

2 Worst: Jhonas Enroth

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Jhonas Enroth is currently in his eighth NHL season. He began his career with the Buffalo Sabres during the 2009-10 season. For the last five years, he has played for the Buffalo Sabres, Dallas Stars, Los Angeles Kings, and currently the Toronto Maple Leafs.

For the last five seasons, the 5’10, 175 pound goaltender has played 112 regular season games and recorded 33 wins (including 5 shutouts), 55 losses and 10 overtime/shootout losses, along with a 2.87 goals against average and a .908 save percentage. He hadn’t appeared in any playoff games in the last five years.

So far this season, he has played 6 games but has yet to win a game. He also has a very hefty 3.94 GAA. The Maple Leafs are currently ranked 7th in the Eastern Conference.

1 Best: Braden Holtby

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Braden Holtby has been playing for the Washington Capitals for the past five seasons. As a matter of fact, his entire seven-year NHL career has been with the Capitals beginning with the 2010-11 season.

For the past five seasons, the 6’2, 217 pound goaltender has played a total of 264 regular season games with 162 wins (including a fantastic 27 shutouts), 64 losses and 26 overtime/shootout losses, along with a 2.33 goals against average and a .922 save percentage. He also appeared in 32 playoff games and produced 15 wins including 4 shutouts.

Over the last five years combined, he leads all NHL goaltenders in regular season wins and shutouts. As for individual seasons, he led all goalies last season (2015-16) with 48 wins. He was awarded the Vezina Trophy last year for being the best goaltender in the league.

So far this season, he has played 41 games with a record of 27-8-4, along with an incredible 1.94 GAA. The Capitals are currently ranked first overall in the entire league.

 

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