Where Does Lundqvist Rank?

We are just two months from the beginning of the NHL season and with that in mind we will take a look at where Rangers’ netminder Henrik Lundqvist ranks among the elite.

All Blueshirt fans I think should be in agreement that the top spot would have to go to none other than Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins.  Thomas set a NHL record with .938 save percentage and won the Vezina Trophy, Conn Smythe, and Stanley Cup all in the matter of a few weeks.  He shut down teams in the playoffs with a 1.98 GAA.

Next at number two is Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo.  While Luongo has been shaky in the playoffs his numbers in the regular season are stellar, including a 2.11 GAA last year. Luongo is what Peyton Manning in the NFL use to be before he won a championship, and Bobby Lou still has some years left in him to get a cup.

Third, is Penguins netminder is Marc-Andre Fleury.  Fleury is a goalie who tends to get overlooked in NHL, while he post some very good numbers and has won a Stanley Cup.  Despite playing a lot of the season without Evgeni MalkinSidney Crosby, and some other key players along the way including Chris Kunitz on two occasions, the man they call Flower posted a 2.32 GAA and .918 save percentage.

Finally, we get to King Henrik who comes in at number four.  Since his debut in 2005 Lundqvist has been nothing short of amazing posting a  2.24 GAA, .922 save percentage, and notching 30 wins in his rookie year.  On March 12, 2009 against the Nashville Predators Henke became the first goalie to have 30+ wins in his first four seasons, he has now done so in his first six seasons.  Lundqvist has never had a season with a GAA higher than 2.43 and averages a shut out every 11.6 games.

Despite having a very inept offense, watching Marian Gaborik disappear last year in the playoffs, and being dispatched in five games Lundqvist posted a 2.26 GAA and a .917 save percentage.  With the signing of Brad Richards to bolster the offense this could help get Henrik some more wins and maybe a deeper playoff run.  Look for the king to add another 30 win season and continue to be an elite goalie for years to come.

 

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  • Troy Pfaff

    Must admit, when I saw this was a Rangers post ranking Ludqvist, I figured Fleury would get no love and be shoved somewhere outside the top five. Props for giving him the respect he deserves. Its not often you’ll hear a fan of another Atlantic team admit he’s the best goaltender in the division.

    I agree with the rest of the rankings as well. Good stuff.

  • Johnny Machurek

    Thanks I try to leave loyalties out and try to be objective. I think he has always been over looked by other people. Last year what he did without Malkin and Crosby was amazing. I think the Pens will take the Atlantic this year.

    • Troy Pfaff

      I may be a little biased in saying this, but I think he should have been nominated for the Hart trophy as league MVP, and probably finished second behind Thomas. Without Fleury’s play, the Pens may not even make the playoffs last season.