2010 Final Goaltender Rankings

Martin Brodeur led the league with 45 wins.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Like a fine wine, Martin Brodeur keeps getting better with age. The New Jersey Devils netminder had his best season since 2006-07 when he won the Vezina Trophy in helping the Devils win the Atlantic Division with 103 points. A league-leading 45 wins, third in goals against among those with at least 20 games played and first in shutouts with nine. For those who picked goaltenders ahead of him, he was fourth off the board (ADP 28), lesson learned. His excellent season-long performance gets Brodeur the 2010 TSN Fantasy Goaltender of the Year Award.

When the season began, Chris Osgood was the Detroit Red Wings primary goaltender and on Draft Day was selected around the end of the third round (ADP 39). Meanwhile, Jimmy Howard settled in as the Red Wings' backup goalie. Howard started slowly while getting the odd start, but when Osgood went down with the flu in November, Howard began to play better. By December, it was clearly Howard outplaying Osgood and he grabbed the lead role. Howard finished the season with 37 wins, a .924 save percentage and a GAA of 2.26. Given that he was likely a waiver pickup (ADP 245), Howard's performance wins him the 2010 TSN Best Bargain Award for Goalies.

Niklas Backstrom had strung together a couple of excellent seasons heading into this year, so it was not a surprise that he was the third goaltender "off the board" on Draft Day behind Evgeni Nabokov and Miikka Kiprusoff despite off- season hip surgery. Unfortunately, after posting consecutive 30+ win seasons with a save percentage at least .920 and a GAA no greater than 2.33, this season was going to be a nightmare. The Wild couldn't score goals and the defense didn't help much in clearing pucks around the net. This led to a mediocre 26-23-8 record and an ugly 2.72 GAA. Clearly, these were not the results expected of the No.3 netminder and because of the high expectations, Backstrom is selected for this year's Most Disappointing Award for Goalies

Top-20 Fantasy Goaltenders
Rank Player Team Wins GAA SV% SO ADP
1 Martin Brodeur NJ 45 2.24 0.916 9 28
2 Ryan Miller BUF 41 2.22 0.929 5 52
3 IIya Bryzgalov PHO 42 2.29 0.920 8 71
4 Jimmy Howard DET 37 2.26 0.924 3 245
5 Miikka Kiprusoff CAL 35 2.31 0.920 4 14
6 Evgeni Nabokov SJ 44 2.43 0.922 3 11
7 Henrik Lundqvist NYR 35 2.38 0.921 4 32
8 Tuukka Rask BOS 22 1.97 0.931 5 253
9 Tomas Vokon FLA 23 2.55 0.925 7 60
10 Jaroslav Halak MON 26 2.40 0.924 5 254
11 Craig Anderson COL 38 2.63 0.917 7 187
12 Antti Niemi CHI 26 2.25 0.912 7 276
13 Pekka Rinne NAS 32 2.53 0.911 7 79
14 Roberto Luongo VAN 40 2.57 0.913 4 36
15 Jonathan Quick LA 39 2.54 0.907 4 160
16 Chris Mason STL 30 2.53 0.913 2 125
17 Brian Elliott OTT 29 2.57 0.909 5 283
18 Cristobal Huet CHI 26 2.50 0.895 4 50
19 Jonas Hiller ANA 30 2.73 0.918 2 153
20 Marc-Andre Fleury PIT 37 2.65 0.905 1 44


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