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Top 5 Fantasy Hockey Goaltenders For 2013

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Top 5 Fantasy Hockey Netminders

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The NHL lockout is finally over after 113 grueling days and that means fantasy hockey owners will be filling out cheat sheets and creating mock drafts all week. There are not many spots to get rankings out there right now, so here is a fantasy hockey goaltending report to help you get the advantage in your draft.

One of the easiest things about filling a fantasy hockey roster used to be drafting goaltenders. However, in recent seasons the position has become increasingly harder to find a reliable netminder.

New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur was the consensus number one goaltender for close to a decade in fantasy leagues. However, Brodeur has posted back-to-back seasons with a Goals Against Average (GAA) over 2.40 and hasn’t won over 31 games since 2009. Brodeur was once considered a shoe-in each season for the Vezina Trophy, since he has won it four times throughout his illustrious career, but he has since become a mid-level fantasy goaltender.

There have also been some new faces that have really made their mark in the game this past season. Youngsters like Detroit Red Wings' Jimmy Howard and Los Angeles Kings' Jonathan Quick have jumped to the top of the list for fantasy goalies, giving them amazing value in any sort of dynasty leagues.

To help you during drafts this week, here are the top five fantasy hockey goaltenders to draft for the 2013 season:

Honorable Mention: 10. Brian Elliott ( St. Louis Blues) 9. Carey Price ( Montreal Canadiens) 8. Ilya Bryzgalov ( Philadelphia Flyers) 7. Martin Brodeur (New Jersey Devils) 6. Ryan Miller ( Buffalo Sabres)

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5. Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings

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Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings - Howard has posted three consecutive seasons with at least 35 wins, but yet he is still be overlooked in fantasy leagues. J’Ho lowered his GAA to a career-low of 2.12 last season and saved an incredible 92 % of the shots he faced. Detroit will always be among the best teams in the West, which only gives Howard more chances to rack up the wins. Howard will mature into a top five netminder this fantasy season.

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4. Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins

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Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins - The return of Sidney Crosby will only add to the amazing firepower the Pens already have, so expect Fleury to rival his career-high 42 wins from last season. MAF is an extremely durable goalie and didn’t bat an eye at the fact that the Pens insanely left him between the pipes for 23 consecutive games. The “Flower” has earned his stripes this past season and will shine with the barrage of offense in front of him.

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3. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings

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Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings - Quick led the NHL in GAA at 1.95 and had his best season to date. He was making saves on his head for the Kings last year and was the major reason why they captured the first Stanley Cup in their 45-year history. Quick was severely undervalued last season, but will not come cheap in 2013, so plan accordingly.

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2. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

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Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers - Lundqvist had another stellar season in New York last year. He won 39 games and had a sizzling 1.97 GAA to go along with it. He is one of the most coveted fantasy goaltenders each season; so don’t be afraid to go with consistency this year.

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1. Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators

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Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators - Rinne led the league last year in wins (43), shots against (2,153), saves (1,987), and games played (73). Rinne was between the pipes in almost every game last season for the Preds and is as reliable as they come in the crease. The former eighth round pick will get more minutes than anyone else in fantasy, so make him the first goaltender taken off the board in 2013.