NHL 500: Ranking the Top 50 Goaltenders

September 30th, 2015 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »
We introduce a new project today, one which has been a fixture in Bleacher Report’s coverage of other sports but had yet to be introduced to hockey. In the NHL 500, we’ll be assessing the top 500 players in hockey, divided by position. We start today with the league’s top 50 goalies.

What are we looking for here? Let’s start by explaining what we’re ignoring. We’re ignoring rookies entirely (save those who won NHL jobs last year and are only technically still first-year players) because our analysis is primarily rooted in major league work. We don’t care about contracts or long-term trade value. We don’t care about what happened last year, except insofar as it predicts what will happen in the coming year.

At the heart of our project is one question: Taking into account all the available evidence, what would a reasonable person expect from every player in the league in this coming year? We aren’t going out on a limb to find breakout candidates and players most likely to collapse; we’re trying to establish reasonable benchmarks for every player and thereby arrive at an objective ranking scheme.
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