Goalies Preview: Tiers

Goalies Preview: Tiers

Goalie draft tiers

By: Jon Litterine

It's virtually impossible to achieve fantasy success without stable goaltending. As a general rule, target goaltenders that are locked into starting roles as opposed to those destined for a time share, especially in leagues that don't allow daily lineup changes.

Here's a preview of this year's goaltenders, ranked by tier.

TIER 1 – THE UNTOUCHABLE

Andrei Vasilevskiy

The Skinny: The best of the best

- Vasilevskiy has won back-to-back Stanley Cups, led the NHL in wins four straight seasons, plays for arguably the deepest team in the league, and will play the entirety of the upcoming campaign at age 27. He's in his own tier and the one goaltender in the NHL capable of winning you a fantasy championship by himself. Vasilevskiy is a worthy first-round selection in all formats.

TIER 2 – THE NEXT BEST THING

Connor Hellebuyck, Robin Lehner, Jordan Binnington, Darcy Kuemper, Jacob Markstrom, Igor Shesterkin, Juuse Saros, Thatcher Demko, Marc-Andre Fleury, Ilya Samsonov

The Skinny: Unquestioned No. 1 goaltenders on teams which appear to be playoff locks, or at the very least, figure to be in the hunt until the end of the season.

- Hellebuyck won the Vezina Trophy two years ago and led the NHL in wins three seasons ago. He typically plays well over 60 games in a full 82-game campaign, a rarity these days, and that number could conceivably increase this coming year due to his backup's

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Kyle Riley
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