Ranking the Top 10 Goaltenders in the 2014 Free-Agent Class

April 5th, 2014 by Rob Vollman Leave a reply »
Several teams are potentially going shopping for a new goaltender this offseason; which ones will be available as free agents July 1? Ryan Miller will be highly sought after, followed by goalies like Jonas Hiller and Jaroslav Halak.

How do they all rank?

In the final part of a series ranking the top 10 free agents at each position, including defensemen, centers and wingers, we're using analytics to find the best available goaltenders.

Once again, the process was to take a list of free-agent goalies from Cap Geek and then estimate each player's value using a weighted historical average of each player's goals versus threshold (GVT), a high-level one-number stat provided by Hockey Prospectus.

From there, a number of additional analytics were leveraged, including each goalie's save percentages in a variety of situations, like even-strength, in overtime and in the postseason.

Interpreting all this information, I have found the 10 best available free-agent goalies, along with their strengths and weaknesses and what they could be worth. Let's begin!  

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