2021-22 RANKINGS: Top 20 Fantasy Hockey Goalies

What's Happenin'? Sven here with the first FP article of the 2021-22 season! We hope you had a great off-season, and Mike, Don and I are thrilled to be providing you guys with fantasy hockey content for another year.

We're kicking things my rankings off with goaltenders, which is arguably the most critical position to fill whether it's roto or h2h! Though I rely heavily on our projections and other resources like Natural Stat Trick (NST), I am a big fan of the eye test. These rankings are based off default stats/leagues, so take into consideration your own league's scoring before you listen to where I have certain guys ranked.

It was quite difficult for me to differentiate between the goaltenders in this group, which in a way shows you how much of a drop-off there is beyond the top six goalies. I would suggest nabbing at least one guy from my top ten article, and finding someone with nice upside (for your situation) from this article for your 2G. That being said, here are goalies 11-20!

11. Philipp Grubauer

Gruby-rooby-roo chose long-term money over short-term success here. Rather than re-signing with Stanley Cup favourite Colorado, the Vezina finalist opted to sign with the NHL’s newest franchise in Seattle. Grubauer has established himself as a great goaltender and their defensive corps is reasonably good. He won't net nearly as many wins, but his top 10 SV% among goalies with 15 or more starts is here to stay. I don’t think Chris Driedger will net more than 40%, so Grubauer is a gamble as a 1G but a very solid 2G pick.

12. Ilya Sorokin

Sorokin is one of the only “backups” I would even consider drafting this season because the start volume should be very solid. The only crutch to owning Islanders goaltenders is Trotz flipping a coin five minutes before warmups to choose his starter. I owned Sorokin at times last season and he was quite reliable in spurts – how can you not be with the team structure in front of him? I see Sorokin as a decent 2G option this season, and his fantasy stock would go to the moon in the event of an injury to Semyon Varlamov.

13. Carey Price

Price definitely silenced the haters to some degree with his efforts in the playoffs. Had he stolen a game or two in the cup final, I wouldn’t have been shocked if they gave him the Conn Smythe. The loss of Shea Weber hurts the Habs overall but that's why you have a $10M goaltender to fall back on. Price is like Marc-Andre Fleury to me where you just know you're going to have a chance to win most games with him in net. I may have had him a little lower to start the season, but as of writing this article he is expected to be back by the start of training camp. Price is a 2G as good as any and his ADP will likely reflect that.

14. Petr Mrazek/Jack Campbell

Leafs Nation can call this tandem “team sample size”. Mrazek was hurt for most of the year but had microscopic numbers playing in the Canes’ top-heavy division. Campbell made Leafs fans go from “we gave up Trevor Moore for him?” to “we got him for Trevor Moore?!” That being said, the Atlantic division will be much tougher than the North and we will see if this tandem can handle the Toronto media fishbowl for 82 games. I am confident in the Leafs to be a top three seed in the Atlantic, it all comes down to which goalie they ride more. As of right now I have zero clue, which is why they are collectively ranked 14th. I would take a stab at either of them as your 2G.

15. Sergei Bobrovsky

Much of the fantasy hockey literature I have taken in so far this season LOVES Spencer Knight. Do I think he is their future? Absolutely. Can he take the reins with just five NHL starts under his belt? No. If Florida is playoff bound this season, it will be their $70M man taking them there. There is no doubt Knight is fantasy relevant and will probably have a very easy strength of schedule as far as goaltenders are concerned, but the cats NEED Bob to be back on the case. I think this is his last kick at the can with their brass, and he is going to step up and return to (almost) Vezina form. I don’t know if they will be a playoff team, but he will be better and will be a good role model to the young Knight.

16. Ilya Samsonov

I’ll be honest, I have no confidence in Washington as a team this season. Samsonov could be the riskiest Russian goaltender not named Bobrovsky in these rankings. With the way Vitek Vanecek played last season, I wouldn’t even be shocked if the games were closer to a 50/50 split. However, the Capitals will remain confident in their first round pick and I’m going to think that it’s his net until he starts to struggle. The ceiling is high for Samsonov, but the floor is quite low also. I don’t think I will take the gamble on him this season, but the one thing I’ve learned the past few years is never doubt the Capitals in the regular season.

17. Mackenzie Blackwood

Blackwood is truly on the cusp of being an elite goaltender in the NHL. At times, he has shown it. Unfortunately for him, he is playing for the cellar dwelling Devils yet again this season. In leagues where wins don’t necessarily matter, there is a lot to like about Blackwood. The signing of Jonathan Bernier might hurt his volume a little bit but it will keep him honest and push him to be even better, all while learning from a goaltender that has thrived in many 1A-1B situations in the past. I may take a flyer or two on Blackwood this season on the off-chance the Devils get hot!

18. Linus Ullmark

It is absolutely crazy to think that the Tuukka Rask era may be over in Boston. That being said, after the stint Jeremy Swayman had down the stretch last season, I was tempted to put him in this slot over Ullmark. It is likely that the Bruins will lean more on their $20M man over their young up-and-comer, but who knows? Ullmark is a much better goalie than his record in Buffalo shows, with respectable SV% and GAA numbers when healthy. I like their tandem to keep Boston relevant, but I may stay away from drafting on the off-chance that Tuukka decides to sign mid-season once he is healthy.

19. Jordan Binnington

I’ll be honest, he is top 20 worthy but I am completely off Binner. The Blues seem to be trending down, and Binnington did not perform most of their games I was able to watch last season. It could have been an off-year, after all the Blues were extremely banged up last season. Justin Faulk had a great season, but the team needs Colton Parayko to return to 2019 playoff form. The Central seems weaker compared to past seasons so that may help in the W column for Binner, but I am staying away as his numbers have slowly regressed since he exploded onto the scene in 2019.

20. Carter Hart

After the egg he laid last season, I bet some people are shocked to even see Cahtah Haht in any fantasy hockey rankings posts. I expected Hart to succeed like everyone else, but stayed away from his ridiculous third round ranking last season. Philadelphia has done what they can to shake up their team, and I think Hart will benefit from that big time. I don’t know if they have all of the pieces to be a playoff team once again, but any chance they have will revolve around Hart stepping his game up. Martin Jones is pretty much a safety net made out of one-ply toilet paper, but I will definitely be taking a few buy-lows on Hart.

That's it for now! Would love to hear some feedback on the website or in the discord on what you guys think. Stay tuned for the next article ranking goalies 1-10.

Take care,

FP Sven

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