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Who is the best goalie in the NHL?

By Usha Shrestha / 21 June 2023 03:34 AM

Bruins netminder Linus Ullmark is one of the finalist of Vezina Trophy 2023
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Who is the best goalie in the NHL? Anyone who asks receives this question will recieve a lengthy list of goaltenders' names. It would be unfair to the other outstanding puck blockers if we prioritize a name.

Yet, Sergei Bobrovsky is in first place as best goalie for now in 2023 with maximum career wins.

Goaltender is the best position in ice hockey. His performance becomes the main factor to determine the win or loss of the team.  

Yet, that doesn't mean rest positions should be taken lightly. All the spots and athletes are equally vital for a club to cherish a victory over its opponent.

While discussing the netminders, we have athletes like Terry Sawchuk, Jacques Plante, Martin Brodeur, and others. They captured hockey fans' hearts with their outstanding performances. Thus, people admire them as unmatched and world-class netminders.

List Of Best Goalies In The NHL

List of best goalies in the NHL after the 2022-2023 season includes Igor Shersterkin, Jake Oettinger, Alexander Georgiev, and others.

This listicle is based on their career wins, a number of outstanding goaltender award (Vezina Trophy) wins, and save percentage.

For instance, the Rangers netminder, Igor Shesterkin, won the Vezina Trophy in 2021-2022 in his first 82-game season. His career wins in 99 after 158 games played and a .924 save percentage.

This year, Linus Ullmark, Connor Hellebuyck, and Ilya Sorokin are the finalists of the Vezina Trophy.

Some of the best goaltenders in the NHL for 2023 are:

  • Andrei Vasilevskiy
  • Sergei Bobrovsky
  • Ilya Sorokin
  • Linus Ullmark
  • Juuse Saros
  • Connor Hellebuyck
  • Henrik Lundqvist
  • Jake Oettinger
  • Tristan Jarry
  • Jonathan Quick
  • Joonas Korpisalo
  • Jake Allen

Best Goalies In NHL 2023 

Best goaltenders in NHL such as Andrei Vasilevskiy and Ilya Sorokin, are with the franchise they debuted in the league with.

For instance, Ilya Igorevich Sorokin has been with the Islanders since 2014. The franchisor picked him in the third round of the 2014 Entry Draft.

The Vezina Trophy candidate 2023 has played 136 regular games and won 70. Likewise, his save percentage mark is .924.

Similarly, "Big Cat" Andrei is the 2012 Entry Draft selection of the Lightning. He won back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships in 2020 and 2021 with the team.

Moreover, the Russian netminder won the Con Smythe Trophy in the 2021 playoffs as the most valuable player. He has set his career wins at 263 with a save percentage average of .919.

Best Goalies In NHL Right Now

Best golaies in NHL right now is Russian netminder Sergei Andreyevich Bobrovsky. Sergei's career wins to date are 360 after 642 games played.

Two-time Vezina Award winner is an undrafted athlete who joined the Flyers as his debut NHL franchise. The team signed him with a three-year agreement on May 6, 2010.

Sergei after blokcing 110 of his last 11 shits faced in May 2023
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Later in 2012, Sergei was traded to the Jackets. He penned a two-year worth $11.25 million contract with the team the subsequent year. Recently, he has been blocking the shots for the Panthers.

Bobrovsky makes an annual earning of $10 million, following the $70 million deal he signed on July 1, 2019. He will become a free agent in 2026.

NHL Starting Goalies

NHL starting goalies, well known as "Starters," depict the No.1 goaltender of each team. They play the majority of the regular season games and all of the playoffs.

In the worst-case scenario, if the starter gets hurt or fails to arrive at the ice rink, the backup netminder or No. 2 goaltender can take his place.

Here is the checklist of starters of all 32 National Hockey League franchises:

Starting GoalieNHL Team
Joonas KorpisaloLos Angeles Kings
Linus UllmarkBoston Bruins
Devon LeviBuffalo Sabres
Ville HussoDetroit Red Wings
Sergei BobrovskyFlorida Panthers
Sam MontembeaultMontreal Canadiens
Cam TalbotOttawa Senators
Andrei VasilevskiyTampa Bay Lighting
Ilya SamsonovToronto Maple Leafs
Frederik AndersonCarolina Hurricanes
Elvis MerzlikinsColumbus Blue Jackets
Ilya SorokinNew York Islanders
Igor ShesterkinNew York Rangers
Vitek VanecekNew Jersey Devils
Carter HartPhiladelphia Flyers
Tristan JarryPittsburgh Penguins
Darcy KuemperWashington Capitals
Karel VejmelkaArizona Coyotes
Alex StalockChicago Blackhawks
Alexandar GeorgievColorado Avalanche
Jake OettingerDallas Stars
Filip GustavssonMinnesota Wild
Jusse SarosNashville Predators
Jordan BinningtonSt. Louis Blues
Connor HellebuyckWinnipeg Jets
John GibsonAnaheim Ducks
Jacob MarkstromCalgary Flames
Stuart SkinnerEdmonton Oilers
Kaapo KahkonenSan Jose Sharks
Philipp GrubauerSeattle Kraken
Thatcher DemkoVancouver Canucks
Adin HillVegas Golden Knights

Top 10 Goalies In The NHL Of All Time

The top 10 goalies in the NHL of all time consist of Martin Brodeur, Patrick Roy, Roberto Luongo, and seven others. Marc-Andre Fleury is also on the list.

The checklist is prepared based on the netminder record of most wins, career by NHL.com.Current active netminders like Fleury, Evgeni Nabokov, and Bobrovsky also rose to the Top 20s list with outstanding records.

NameCareer Wins
1. Martin Brodeur691
2. Patrick Roy551
3. Marc-Andre Fleury500
4. Roberto Luongo489
5. Ed Belfour484
6. Henrik Lundqvist459
7. Curtis Joseph454
8. Terry Sawchuk447
9. Jacques Plante437
10. Tony Esposito423

Martin Brodeur

Martin Brodeur mostly played with the New Jersey Devils in the league. Out of 22, he played 21 seasons with the franchise and one with St. Louis Blues.

The former Canadian-American netminder is considered the finest goaltender of all time. Brodeur holds a 4-times Vezina Trophy record (2002-2003, 2003-2004, 2006-2007, and 2007-2008 season.) It is awarded annually to the league's most outstanding goaltender.

In 2009, Brodeur became the all-time winningest NHL netminder surpassing Roy with his 552nd win. Besides, he is one of the 13 league goaltenders to score a goal in the regular season.

Martin retired in 2015 and currently serves as the executive vice president of business development of the Devils. His career win is 691. Likewise, his final victory was with the Blues, where he blocked the Avalanche players and recorded a 3-0 shutout.

Patrick Roy

Next on the list is Patrick Roy. Roy has a record of being the youngest goaltender to win the Stanley Cup.

"Saint Patrick" was just 20 when he kissed the Silver Cup with the Canadiens in the 1985-1986 season. The franchise brought him to the league in the 1987 Entry Draft.

Out of 19 years of his NHL career, he played 11 with the Habs and the remaining eight with the Avalanche. After making the second-highest career wins, the Quebec native announced his retirement on May 28, 2003.

Marc-Andre Fleury

Fleury has been saving the puck for Minnesota Wild since March 2022. He played in the found round of the playoffs against the Blues. He joined the National Hockey League in 2003 after the Penguins picked him in the Entry Draft.

Marc blocked 12 shots against the Washington Capitals on March 20,2023
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The 6-foot-2-inch athlete won three Silver Cups with the Penguins. Moreover, he is the third netminder to reach 500 victories.

After the end of the 2022-2023 playoffs, Marc's save percentage is .913.

Roberto Luongo

Roberto Luongo scored 489 career wins after playing 1044 regular season games with three NHL franchises. The Islanders picked him fourth overall in the NHL 1997 Entry Draft.

The 6-foot-3-inch athlete holds three Vezina Awards, two Lester B. Pearson Awards, and a Hart Memorial Trophy. He is the second-highest NHL-playing goaltender.

While Luongo was on the ice rink post, spectators admired way he executed the butterfly style of goaltending. The athlete retired on June 26, 2019, and his team retired his number on March 7, 2020.

The honor made him the first athlete to experience such privilege in the club's history.

Ed Belfour

Ed Belfour is one of two athletes, along with Neal Broten, to celebrate a victory in the Silver Cup, Olympic Gold, and NCAA championship.

Belfour was the starting netminder of the Blackhawks in the 1990-1991 season. In the inception season, he notched 43 wins, playing in 74 games.

Besides the Hawks, he blocked the shots for the Sharks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers, and Dallas Stars. His overall NHL career win is 484 after playing in 963 games.

Henrik Lundqvist

The Swedish goalkeeper played for the Rangers for his entire 15-season career. His career win is 459, with a save percentage of .918.

Not to forget, Henrik is the only netminder in league history to jot down 30 wins in each game of the initial seven seasons.

Throwback to June 2000, when Henrik entered in the rink as Rangers Entry Draft
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The Rangers celebrated him as the most valuable player for nine years. Besides, he became the NHL All-Star Game five times and a Vezina Trophy winner in 2012.

Curtis Joseph

Joseph played for six teams throughout his 20 years of NHL career. Starting with the Blues, he retired as the Maple Leafs' savior in January 2010.

Curtis is one of the netminders who retired without winning a Stanley Cup even once. However, he scored 454 career wins and a .906 save percentage after playing 943 regular season games.

Terry Sawchuk

Another ultimate goaltender is Terry Sawchuk. Sawchuk's career wins score 445.

His record of shutouts (103) remained unaltered for 46 years until Brodeur overtook him in 2009. In fact, he was the first netminder to pen 100 career regular-season shutouts in 1967.

While talking about achievements, the athlete won the Silver Cup four times and the same number of Vezina.

Jacques Plante

Joseph Jacques Plante returned to the ice rink as the NHL netminder twice after his retirement. He first retired in 1965.

Plante is the first goalie to wear a mask. He showed up wearing a customized fiberglass mask on November 1st, 1959. Following that, he was named one of the most crucial innovators in ice hockey.

Starting from 1947 to 1975, the Canadian goalkeeper stood near the goal for six franchises. Regarding his achievements, he won Hart Trophy once, seven Vezina Trophy, and Stanley Cup six times.

Following that, he is the only netminder with seven Vezina to date, while few others have won six times. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1978.

Tony Esposito

Canadian-American netminder Tony Esposito played 16 seasons of the National Hockey League. 15 out of the total was with the Chicago Blackhawks.

The number "35" player participated in 886 regular season games and scored 423 wins. At the time of retirement, his average save percentage was .906.

Esposito won the Vezina Trophy thrice, making his first in 1970. The same year, he was honored with the Calder Memorial Trophy.

Best NHL Goalies Ever 

Some of the best NHL goalies ever are:

  • Grant Fuhr
  • Chris Osgood
  • Ryan Miller
  • Dominik Hasek
  • Mike Vernon
  • Jonathan Quick
  • John Vanbiesbrouck
  • Andy Moog
  • Pekka Rinne
  • Tom Barrasso
  • Carey Price

Who Is The Best Goalie In The World?

Glenn Hall is one of the best goalie in the world. Hall became one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players in History in 2017.

The Canadian-former netminder started playing with the National Hockey League when he was 20. Detroit Red Wings is his debut league franchise.

Hall inscribed with the Wings in 1949 after completing his junior years with the Humboldt Indians and the Windsor Spitfires. But, he had to wait until the 1955-56 season to star as their goaltender.

After saving the pucks for the Wings in every game of his debut full-season, he won the Calder Memorial Trophy. Moreover, he was voted Second Team All-Star goaltender.

The 91-year-old rarely missed a game and stayed a consistent performer throughout his NHL career. He played with the Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, and St. Louis Blues.

Not to forget, "Mr. Goalie" is the first netminder to introduce and effectively use the butterfly style of goaltending.

Following are some of the notable achievements of the former netminder:

  • Calder Memorial Trophy (1956)
  • Played 13 NHL All-Star Games
  • 3 Times Vezina Trophy Winer (1963, 1967, 1969)
  • Con Smythe Trophy 1968
  • Hockey Hall of Fame 1975
  • Two Stanley Cup Championship (As goaltending coach)

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