From Verzina Trophy winners to Stanley Cup champions to all-stars, there are loads of incredible goaltenders in the National Hockey League. It’s for this very reason that we decided to showcase the best goaltenders that the league has to offer in 2019. Let’s take a look at who made our list.
Columbus Blue Jackets – Sergei Bobrovsky
Bobrovsky managed to win 37 matches in the previous season with a goal-against average of 2.42, five shutouts, and a save percentage of .921. This was after his Verzina Trophy season during the 2016/17 season when he had a goal-against average of 2.06, seven shutouts, and a save percentage of .931. He also managed to finish third for the prestigious Hart Trophy that season as NHL MVP.
Washington Capitals – Braden Holtby
Holtby experienced the worst season of his 8-season career in the NHL with a save percentage of .907 and a goal-against average of 2.99. However, he managed to assist the Capitals in winning the Stanley Cup for the very first time in league history where he had a goals-against average of 2.16. He also earned two shutouts and a save percentage of .922 during the playoffs for the Stanley Cup.
Tampa Bay Lightning – Andrei Vasilevskiy
During the first season where he was the number 1 goalie for Tampa Bay, Vasilevskiy managed to finish tied for the lead in the NHL in terms of wins and shutouts. He had a goal-against average of 2.62 along with a save percentage of .920, and that allowed him to finish third in terms of voting when it came to the Verzina Trophy.
Winnipeg Jets – Connor Hellebuyck
The runner-up for the Verzina Trophy in the previous season. Connor Hellebuyck managed to go 44-11-9 to set an NHL single-season record for wins as an American-born goaltender. He ranked within the top 10 goalies in the NHL to make a minimum of 20 starts with a goal-against average of 2.63, six shutouts, and a save percentage of .924.
Los Angeles Kings – Jonathan Quick
Quick managed to accumulate a total of 33 wins in the previous season, making it the 6th time he managed to win that many in the last 8 NHL seasons. In the previous five seasons, he had a goal-against average worse than 2.26, and his save percentage hasn’t been worse than .915. During the 2015/16 season, he managed to lead the league in starts and finished third in voting for the Verzina Trophy which is the 3rd time in 5 seasons he has managed to land in the top 5.
Vegas Golden Knights – Marc-Andre Fleury
Fleury had a goal-against average of 2.24 and was 29-13-4 which allowed him to tie second among goalies in the NHL along with a save percentage of .927 and four shutouts in the previous season with the Vegas Golden Knights. Fleury was selected by Vegas in the NHL Expansion Draft of 2017 from the Pittsburgh Penguins and assisted the Golden Knights to reach the final of the Stanley Cup.
The ability to go to the net with superior skating skills, make jaw-dropping passes, and score sensational goals are all trademarks of a top NHL wing. It’s for this very reason that we decided to compile a list of the best wings in the NHL right now.
Tampa Bay Lightning – Nikita Kucherov
Kucherov has managed to increase his total
points every season since he accumulated 18 as a rookie in the NHL during the
2013/14 season. His career-high of 100 points in the previous season has ranked
him 3rd in the NHL League. He also managed to set career highs in the NHL when
it comes to power-play points and shots on goal. The right wing was tied for an
eleventh place in the league with a total of 7 match-winning goals and scored a
minimum of 30 goals in each of the last three seasons.
Washington Capitals – Alex Ovechkin
The captain for the Capitals led the league with 49 goals in the previous season which was one shy of accumulating 50 for the 8th time in his career for the NHL. The 32-year-old also led the NHL in terms of shots on goal for the 12th time. He has a total of 300 goals spread across 12 full seasons in the NHL. In the previous season, he boasted with 17 power-play goals which are the fifth successive season he managed to score that many. During the playoffs last season, he managed to win the Conn Smythe Trophy with 27 points.
New Jersey Devils – Taylor Hall
Hall was the first player for the New Jersey Devils to claim the Hart Trophy as the NHL MVP following career highs in nearly every statistical category, such as shooting percentage, power-play points, rating, points, assists, and goals. The left wing managed to score seven match-winning goals which included 3 in overtime to assist New Jersey in qualifying for the playoffs for the first time since the 2011/12 season. Hall boasted with 38 points in a personal 26-match point streak stretching from 2 January to 6 March.
Chicago Blackhawks – Patrick Kane
Kane was leading the Blackhawks in terms of scoring for three consecutive seasons with a total of 76 points in 82 matches. The right wing managed to score a minimum of 21 goals in each of his 11 seasons in the NHL and boasts with 828 points. As a 3-time Stanley Cup champion, Patrick Kane has managed to win the Conn Smythe Trophy during the 2012/13 season and hasn’t missed a single game in the last three seasons.
Boston Bruins – Brad Marchand
Marchand has managed to accumulate 85 points in each of the last two seasons which included a career high in the NHL of 51 assists in the previous season and managed to score a minimum of 34 goals in each of the last three. The left wing accumulated 23 power-play points along with seven match-winning goals in the previous season. This is the 6th time he has managed to be plus-20 in the league.