Ranking the Best Goalies of the 2016-17 Regular Season

Original Source: JEFF SEIDE

Posted on: May 16, 2017

An NHL goalie’s job is pretty simple: stop vulcanized rubber disks from crossing the goal line. Do it more than the goalie at the other end of the rink and you’re credited with a win. At THW we offer you our NHL Goalie Rankings for the 2016-17 season.

So, who was the best goalie in 2016-17 regular season?

For practical purposes, this article only considers goalies who have played in at least 41 regular season games (half a season). There were 30 goalies who qualified. Playoff performance and historical data were not factored in.

Winning is Everything

Using wins alone, Cam Talbot (42), Braden Holtby (42), Sergei Bobrovsky (41), Devan Dubnyk (40), Tuukka Rask (37), and Carey Price (37) led the way. But it stands to reason that the more games played, the more opportunities there are to win. Peeling back a layer, this list takes a look at wins as a percentage of games played, perhaps a better indicator of competitive performance.

The Top 10 – Wins as a Percentage of Games Played

1. Holtby (WAS) (66%)
2. Murray (PIT) (65%)
3. Bobrovsky (CBJ) (65%)
4. Dubnyk (MIN) (61%)
5. Price (MON) (59%)
6. Corey Crawford (CHI) (58%)
7. Talbot (EDM) (57%)
8. Rask (BOS) (56%)
9. Lundqvist (NYR) (54%)
10. Allen (STL) (54%)

Dissecting Wins

While winning is all that matters, not all wins are equal. For example, is a 2-1 win “better” than a 6-4 win?

Grant Fuhr racked up 226 wins for the Edmonton Oilers with a goals against average of 3.69. He had the fortune of playing behind an offensive juggernaut featuring Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, and Mark Messier. Not to take anything away from the five-time Stanley Cup winner, but he clearly benefitted from the offense in front of him.

For his entire NHL career, Fuhr is credited with 403 wins in 868 NHL games: a winning percentage of .464.
Dominic Hasek 389 wins in 735 games for a winning percentage of .530.
Patrick Roy 551 wins in 1029 games: a winning percentage of .535.
Marty Brodeur won 691 of 1266 games: a winning percentage of .546.

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