Like the real-life NHL, it's extremely difficult, if not impossible, to achieve fantasy success without stable goaltending.
The tricky part is figuring out how early in your draft you should take the plunge. The answer to that question usually lies in your league's settings. If the requirement is to start two goaltenders, especially in a format with weekly lineup changes, you want to make the investment earlier than you would in a single goaltender league. It also depends on when your opponents start drafting goalies, as well.
Also, if you pass on all the guys in the first few tiers, it's imperative to work the waiver wire aggressively throughout the season. In short, decide before your draft how much time you plan to invest in managing your team throughout the season, and keep that in mind when making your draft choices.
Now let's get to the netminders...
TIER 1 – BEST OF THE BEST
Andrei Vasilevskiy (TB)
Connor McDavid is the unanimous No. 1 fantasy skater, and Vasilevskiy is the unquestioned top goaltender. What's more, he's arguably the only netminder capable of carrying your league to a fantasy championship. The Russian has won back-to-back Stanley Cups, led the NHL in wins for four straight seasons, and he's still just 27 years old. In short, Vasilevskiy is a stud and well worth a mid-first round investment.
TIER 2 – BEST OF THE REST