Discuss the best goalkeeper in the NHL in three seasons

The NHL Network spends its time presenting the best current NHL players at every position. On Sunday, the network’s producers and analysts will reveal the 10 best guards on a special show. To add to that conversation, we asked six NHL.com writers to pick who they think will be the best goalkeeper in the NHL in three seasons. Here are their options:

Andrei VasilevskyTampa Bay Lightning

Vasilevskiy is the top goalkeeper in the NHL now at 28, and it’s hard to imagine there’s much slip in his game three years from now when he was 31. He’s been the backbone of the Lightning team that reached the Stanley Cup Final three seasons in a row, and whose players have been signed The main players will do well in the future, providing him with a championship-level boost. Vasilevskiy’s flexibility and sportsmanship separate him from other goalkeepers, but his technical skills are excellent, which means that he will not have to rely on purely athletic ability as much as he grows up. And 31 years is not too big for a goalkeeper; Dominic Hasek was 31 years old when the 1996-1997 matches started and won the Visina and Hart Awards. Martin Brodeur won the Vienna Cup on 31 in 2003-04; And Patrick Roy led the National Hockey League with 38 wins at the age of 31 in 1996-1997. I expect Vasilevsky to play at a similar level three seasons from now, and maybe longer. Adam Kimmelman, Deputy Managing Editor

Video: Vasilievsky’s top 20 saves from the 2021-22 season

Jake OettingerDallas Stars

Oettinger showed the league his potential in the Stanley Cup playoffs last season when he single-handedly pushed the Calgary Flames into seven first-round games of the Western Conference before losing by stopping 272 of the 285 shots he faced to score 1.81 goals-to-average. , 954 saving percentage and closing one. It came after a solid regular season when it was 30-15-1 with 2.53 GAA, 0.914 savings and one closing percentage to help the Superstars earn their first wild card in the playoffs from the Western Conference. With two NHL seasons under his belt, Oettinger is already on the cusp of establishing himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the league at the age of 23. In another three years, this additional experience will help him reach his full potential at the age of 26 and outpace the rest of the competition. – Tom Giuliti, faculty writer

Video: Jake Oettinger’s top 10 saves from the 2021-22 season

Igor ShesterkinNew York Rangers

It’s one thing to win the Vezina Cup as the best goalkeeper in the NHL; It’s fine to do it in your third season only when you’re 26 when you’re just getting into your prime. That’s exactly what Chesterkin did last season with the New York Rangers. The numbers pretty much tell the story. He was 36-13-4 in 53 games (52 games), led the NHL in GAA (2.07) and saved the percentage (.935; at least 20 games). He placed third in closings (six), sixth in wins, and had a minimum keep of 0.940 in 26 starts. It was also a historic performance when you consider that the .935 save ratio was the third ever in a season among goalkeepers to have played at least 50 games (Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins, .938 in 2010-11; Dominic Hasek, Buffalo Sabers. , .937 in 1998-1999). Keep in mind that he accomplished all of this while dealing with high expectations for the succession of fan favorite Henrik Lundqvist. If Shesterkin did this well so early in his NHL career, his three-year ceiling on the road seems limitless. – Mike Ziesberger, faculty writer

Video: The 30 best saves Igor Shesterkin from the 2021-22 season

Ilya SorokinNew York Islanders

Shesterkin deserves the attention he’s currently receiving, but I think all eyes will be on fellow countryman Sorokin in three years’ time. Islanders have waited years for Sorokin, a third-round pick (#78) of the 2014 NHL Draft, to come to North America, and with good reason. The 27-year-old from Mezhdurechensk, Russia, was 26-18-8 in 52 games last season (all start) with 2.40 goals-to-average, 0.925 saves and seven assists. Only Shesterkin had a better save rate (0.935) among goalkeepers who played at least 25 matches. Sorokin came in second in the closing Jacob Markstrom from Calgary Flames (nine) and fourth in the GAA behind Shesterkin (2.07), Frederic Andersen by Carolina Hurricane (2.17) and Markstrom (2.22). He established himself as a rookie post-season as a rising player in 2021 when he became the first Islanders goalkeeper to win all of his first four Stanley Cup games in the playoffs, including a 5-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the game 6 of the Best- Out of Seven Stanley Cup first round. Sorokin is a gold medalist at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, on his way to becoming one of the elite NHL goalkeepers. — William Douglas, faculty writer

Video: Top 15 saves of Ilya Sorokin from the 2021-22 season

Thatcher DemkoVancouver Canucks

I’m glad Tom had the guts to stick a limb here a little bit with his pick, and I’ll do that too. Certainly, Vasilevskiy and Shesterkin are the obvious choices and entering this season are the clear guards. But again, we’re talking about three seasons down the road and that’s why I went with Demko. First of all, the 26-year-old is my backbone. He played in 64 games last season, the third highest in the National Hockey League behind him Connor Hellbuick From Winnipeg Jets (66) and Joss Sarros From the Nashville Predators (67). He scored 33 victories in the team that won 40 matches. His average goals are down against each season’s average, being 2.72 last season, down from 2.85 in 2020-21 and 3.06 in 2019-20. In one of the playoff trials, he stood on his head against the Vegas Golden Knights in 2019-20 next Jacob Markstrom injured. He led Vancouver to a 2-1 win in Game 5, a 4-0 win in Game 6, and allowed only one goal in a 3-0 loss in Game 7. In four games in that series, he allowed two goals in 130 shots. With a revamped front office and Bruce Boudreaux as their coach, the Canucks are a team on the rise and Dimko will be a big part of that. – Bill Price, Editor-in-Chief

Video: Top 20 Saves Thatcher Demko from the 2021-22 season

Juuse Saros, Nashville Predators

So Shesterkin’s pick is pretty much chalked up as the winner of the Vezina Cup. Do you know who was in that conversation, too? It wasn’t Vasilevskiy, Oettinger, or Demko. It was Saros, the undisputed No. 1 of the Nashville Predators, who transitioned seamlessly from Becca Raine because of Saros’ training. Now the 27-year-old is at the start of his career making a legitimate case as the best goalkeeper in the league, and one that will only grow stronger with each season. In his six seasons in the NHL, he has never posted a savings percentage lower than 0.914. His 38 victories last season were one time shorter than Vasilevsky and Sergey Bobrovsky Florida Panthers. He tied 4 times in sixth place in the league, and his saving rate of 0.918 ranked eighth among goalkeepers who played at least 40 games last season. And let’s not forget everything he learned in his first season as a columnist, the lessons that will be applied this season to make Saros even better. Over the next three seasons, Sarros will be the NHL player of the year and the first to win our two wins from Finland since Rennes took the trophy in 2018. – Sean B. Roark, Senior Managing Editor

Video: Top 10 items provided by Juuse Saros from the 2021-22 season

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