Weekly Dime—Top 10 NHL Goalies of 2022

This year, 2022 was the year of the netminder.  We saw a new face, Igor Shesterkin, for the New York Rangers win the Vezina Trophy. Now taking over the role as franchise goalie for retired Henriq Lundquist, Shesterkin can already add a trophy to his case of being the “Best Goaltender” of 2022.

Let’s take a look at the top 10 goalies during the 2021-2022 NHL Season:

10.  Ben Bishop – (Buffalo Sabres)

Since he was drafted by the St.Louis Blues in 2005, The 6’ 7” netminder started the tall goalie movement and it has carried onto today’s style in the NHL. At 35- years-old, Bishop has won 222 games in 413 career games played. His claim to fame came with a solid five-year stint with the Tampa Bay Lighting where he won 131 games. Bishop played with the Dallas Stars, before being acquired by the Buffalo Sabres along with a 7th round pick in 2022 for cash considerations.

9. Tristan Jarry – (Pittsburgh Penguins)

Jarry deserves to be on this list despite what many reparable media outlets said about his poor performance in the 2020-2021 regular season, and his even worse performance in the playoffs. Jarry is only 26-years-old and goalies are usually slower to develop, but to me Jarry was ready to start after goalie Matt Murray departed the team. In only 37 games played, he boasts a GAA of 2.21 and a SV%  of .923. Jarry and the Penguins continue to build on the tradition started by Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in 2008.

8. IIya Sorokin – (New York Islanders)

The fact that other sources had fellow netminder Semyon Varlamov on this list earlier in the year, really shows the depth of the Islanders in goal. Varlamov was injured at the start of the season, so Sorokin stepped in and never relinquished it. 

Sorokin later split starts with Varlamov, but still managed a 2.31 GAA and a .924 SV%.

If he keeps this pace up, Sorokin could be a franchise goalie in the upcoming years.

7. John Gibson – (Anaheim Ducks)

Gibson was so-so by his standards in 2019-2020 and 2020-2021, but then bounced back nicely during 2021-2022. The goalie looked like himself again which will motivate him to continue to work hard this offseason. Even though the Ducks missed the playoffs, the netminder went through a point during the season in which he had a 2.49 GAA, and a .922 SV%. He basically kept the team alive every time he was starting in net.

6. Linus Ullmark – (Boston Bruins)

Ullmark was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the sixth round of the 2012 NHL draft. The young Swedish goaltender went 8-10 in his rookie season before becoming a regular starter for the Sabres. While he didn’t win a Stanley Cup in Buffalo, his success was a stepping stone as he was traded to the Boston Bruins in 2021. This past season, Ullmark went 26-10-2 with a SV% of .912 and a 2.45 GAA in his first full season with the Bruins.

5. Jacob Markstrom – (Calgary Flames)

The Flames netminder is finally playing to the degree they desired when they offered him a six-year, $36 million contract. The 32-year-old struggled in his first year with the team, but then bounced back nicely this season. Markstrom compiled a record of 37-15-9 with a 2.22 GAA and a .922 SV%.

4. Andrei Vasilevskly – (Tampa Bay Lightning)

Since coming out of Russia, Vasilevskly has shined and has been a vital part of the Lightning’s back-back Stanley Cup Championships. He has also appeared in the All-Star game 4 times. It’s pretty crazy to say that he had a down year in the regular season when he still posted a record of 39-18-5.

3. Jack Campbell – (Toronto Maple Leafs)

Campbell has gone from being a major first round draft bust to a premier netminder. The 11th overall selection in the 2010 NHL draft spent a majority of his young career in the AHL. In 2018-2019, he finally started to show promise. Now, he’s a superstar with the Leafs. This season he posted a 2.30 GAA and a .925 SV% through 32 games. If it wasn’t for a rough January, he may have won the Vezina trophy instead of Shesterkin. Talk about a young man changing the narrative about his career status.

2. Juuse Saros – (Nashville Predators)

Saros was always a very good goaltender to begin with. The story here is he was the backup to another star in Pekka Rinne. Like a mature young man, Saros waited his turn and finally was named the Predators starting goaltender in 2020-2021. This season, he went 38-25-3 with a GAA of 2.64 and compiled a SV% of .918. Good things happen to those who wait and in this case, Saros is going to be an elite number one goalie for Nashville in the coming years.

You can’t forget to save the best for last. Shesterkin took the NHL by storm this season and showed the Rangers he can be his own version of himself rather than the next Henriq Lundquist. Before he set his foot at Madison Square Garden, he was already projected to be a Vezina Trophy winning goalie. And guess what, Shesterkin won that prestigious award after posting a 2.10 GAA and a .937 SV% this season.

1. Igor Shesterkin- (New York Rangers)

And there you have it folks, the Top 10 Goalies of the 2021-2022 NHL Season. Let me know what you guys think. 

Did I miss anyone? Did I hit it right on point? I welcome all points of view on all my articles.

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