The first month of real hockey is in the books, and we have a lot of juicy, new data to consider.
There is a new #1 and a couple netminders breaking into the Top 10. Check 'em out.
Goaltender Rankings -->> Top 30
Note: Goaltenders are ranked for their expected performance from this point to the end of the 2011-2012 season using standard scoring league categories: Wins, GAA, and Save%. Last week's ranking in parentheses.
1. Tomas Vokoun, Washington Capitals (3): The pre-season planted a bit of doubt, but this is clearly Vokoun's crease. He's been outstanding--6 Wins in 8 starts, a 2.15 GAA and .932 Save%--and he has a strong team in front of him. It is all systems go for "Voky."
6. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings (18): The most dominant goalie to this point in the season. Will move higher if he can maintain this level of performance and put more distance between he and Bernier.
12. Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins (11): Thomas has been stout, but the rest of team is apparently hung over. Rask doesn't appear to be much of a threat. If the Bs get it together, he can move up from here.
16. Ilya Bryzgalov, Philadelphia Flyers (8): First two games and his last game were strong. The six games in between, however, were brutal. The Flyers may be better than the Coyotes, but not for goaltenders.
20. Cory Schneider, Vancouver Canucks (27): The only thing holding him back is lack of starts, however, those may come...you never know. In the meantime, it is better to have his less frequent quality starts than a workhorse with poor numbers.
21. Brian Elliott, Blues (off): In 5 GP, he has 4 wins, a 1.67 GAA and .942 Save%. He's not just "outplaying" Halak, he's trouncing him. Halak has an .843 save% this year, and last year he posted a mediocre .910.
22. Devan Dubnyk, Edmonton Oilers (26): The Oilers are off to a 6-2-2 start, and DD has been stout: 1.98 GAA and .938 save %. Khabby has been even better, though, and that's limited his playing time. Be patient.
24. Dwayne Roloson, Tampa Bay Lightning (23): Similar to Bryzgalov, he hit a rough patch in the middle of the month. His last start he pitched a shutout and appears to be back on track. Lot of upside here.
26. Nikolai Khabibulin, Edmonton Oilers (off): To be perfectly honest, I don't trust this guy. Ride him while he's hot and/or sell high on him. His career save% is a pedestrian .907, and he has only had 2 good years this millenia: 2001-02 in TB and 2008-09 with CHI.
28. Ondrej Pavelec, Winnipeg Jets (25): An ugly start on a team that looks like an expansion club. Pavelec is wildly inconsistent. At some point he'll probably look like a Vezina contender. Good luck predicting when that will be.
30. Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils (24): Last month I wrote, "Some are expecting a return to glory. I am not." Sounds like full-blown timeshare with Hedberg. And now he says his shoulder may "never heal." Great.