The top 15 NHL goalies each decade

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  1. grentthealien

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    I woke up in the mood to make some lists and recently thought about my favourite goalies that I’ve seen play throughout my years. Since I was born in the 90s I figure I’d try to cover at least 3 decades.

    My lists are very much just me spitballing and therefore shouldn’t be taken too seriously. I tried to consider various things in my rankings such as longevity,numbers, awards and team success.

    I hope this thread can be a starting point for others to make their lists and for overall discussion about Nhl goaltending over the last century. So make a list for as many decades as you want or feel free to make adjustments to my own. The more discussion the better:) Now with all that out of the way my Goalie lists for the 2010s,2000s and 90s are below.

    2010s
    1.Lundqvist
    2.Price
    3.Bobrovsky
    4.Rask
    5.Holtby
    6.Quick
    7.Rinne
    8.Schneider
    9.Thomas
    10.Bishop
    11.Crawford
    12.Luongo
    13.Miller
    14.Fleury
    15.Anderson
    Hm Dubnyk and Andersen

    00s
    1.Brodeur
    2.Hasek
    3.Luongo
    4.Roy
    5.Kiprusoff
    6.Giguere
    7.Vokoun
    8.Nabokov
    9.Thomas
    10.Lundqvist
    11.Theodore
    12.Belfour
    13.Kolzig
    14.Joseph
    15.Turco
    Hm Khabibulin , Ward and Fernandez

    90s
    1.Hasek
    2.Roy
    3.Belfour
    4.Brodeur
    5.Vanbiesbrouk
    6.Joseph
    7.Richter
    8.Moog
    9.Barrasso
    10.Vernon
    11.Osgood
    12.Mclean
    13.Hebert
    14.Ranford
    15.Potvin
    Hm Puppa,Burke,Dafoe and Fuhr
     
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  2. quoipourquoi

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    For the 2000s, I think you'd have to have Brodeur, Luongo, Giguere, Kiprusoff, Turco, Nabokov, and Osgood towards the top. I can't understand Hasek and Roy in the top-4. Hasek was replaced from injury and performance more seasons (2000, 2004, 2006, 2008) than not (2001, 2002, 2007), and Roy was retired for 6 years. Even if you're scoring him just on 2000-2003, Cechmanek would be on his heels, no?

    Fun exercise, but I think you did Turco dirty.
     
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    This is tough due to its rigidity...I wonder if it solves anything to go by "era"...? Either 1995 to present or 2005 to present and 1995-2004, plus post-merger 1979-1994, 1967-1978, 1942-1966, 1929-1941, pre-1928...something like that...? I don't know, just spitballing...I can't do the decade thing because some years blend together and they carry too much weight to ignore or be wrong about...
     
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    80s, ranked rather arbitrarily based on my gut feel at the moment:

    1.Roy
    2.Fuhr
    3.Smith
    4.Liut
    5.Moog
    6.Barasso
    7.Vanbiesbrouck
    8.Hextall
    9.Hrudey
    10.Froese
    11.Beaupre
    12.Lemelin
    13.Brodeur
    14.Peeters
    15.Wamsley

    HM Riggin, Casey, Hanlon, Millen, Lindbergh
     
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    2010s
    1. Bobrovsky
    2. Lundqvist
    3. Price
    4. Holtby
    5. Rinne
    6. Rask
    7. Quick
    8. Varlamov
    9. Bishop
    10. Thomas

    2000s
    1. Brodeur
    2. Kiprusoff
    3. Luongo
    4. Nabokov
    5. Roy
    6. Miller
    7. Hašek
    8. Lundqvist
    9. Turco
    10. Bryzgalov

    1990s
    1. Hašek
    2. Roy
    3. Brodeur
    4. Belfour
    5. Joseph
    6. Kölzig
    7. Vanbiesbrouck
    8. Barrasso
    9. Richter
    10. Turek

    1980s
    1. Roy
    2. Fuhr
    3. Lindbergh
    4. Barrasso
    5. Smith
    6. Peeters
    7. Vanbiesbrouck
    8. Hextall
    9. Liut
    10. Vernon
     
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    1970s

    1. Tretiak
    2. Dryden
    3. Parent
    4. Esposito
    5. Holecek
    6. Vachon
    7. Cheevers
    8. Giacomin
    9. Resch
    10. Bouchard
    11. Maniago
    12. Davidson
    13. Smith
    14. Johnston
    15. Palmateer

    This is only going by what they did in the 70s (Smith would be a lot higher if his 80s playoffs were factored), and was done off the top of my head, so I've probably missed someone obvious.
     
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    I agree with you Hasek is definitely too high. Looking back at it I think I caved into the sheer power of his name on that one. I still believe Roy and Hasek deserve to be in the top 10 just based on their numbers and awards In that decade. Between them Hasek has a vezina and two cups while Roy has a cup and a Conn Smythe in 2001. So still an impressive body of work for them even if they both only played a bit over 200 games in that period.

    Honestly the 2000s list was the most difficult one for me. I found there to be quite a struggle for me between longevity and accolades. I’m not too confident with Thomas at 9 on that list because looking back he really only had one dominant season in the 2000s. Then again that’s one of the problems with making these lists as someone like Thomas has Vezinas in both the 2000s and 2010s if you divide the rankings up. He also just had a weird career where he was either the best goalie in the league or just mediocre the rest of the time.
     
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    Can't wait until somebody attempts the 60s. Not only to place early platoon guys like Charlie Hodge, but also Viktor Konovalenko, who's much harder to get a read on than Tretiak after him, and especially Seth Martin.
     
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    I can never understand why Tretiak was rated so highly.
     
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    What makes you wonder about that?... Says' on your profile "Retired" so I assume you saw him play against the pro's, internationally from like 72 on? Forgetting his superb record entirely, "eye test" alone, technically that guy had his act together big time with absolutely beyond World Class innate talent... razor fast reflexes, fast feet & strong on his skates, excellent glove hand... mentally, highly advanced understanding of the game & players. Very Cool Cucumber. I have no doubt whatsoever that he would have been extremely successful had he been able to emigrate, joined an NHL club. No problem with the workload, physicality, wear & tear, travel... eventually have taken his place beside the games greatest professionals. Even as it was, his career, very important goalie in the history of the position & game. One of the best Ive ever seen.
     
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    Just wonder why is rated # 1 one. I was 18 when the Summit Series was played in 72. Thank goodness he was in net for the Soviets (it was the Soviets back then) or else the NHL would never have won.
     
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    The problem with the last 10 years is that the top goalies have won nothing in the playoffs. It's hard to rate a player who's had no postseason success. I'm not saying Quick is better than Price or Lundqvist, but I'd certainly rate him above Bobrovsky, who has choked badly in the only playoff performances he's had.
     
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    70's:

    Parent
    K.Dryden
    Esposito
    Vachon
    Meloche
    Giacomin
    Cheevers
    G.Smith
    Rutherford
    Maniago
    Villemure
    Bouchard
    Myre
    Johnston
    Favell

    A few head-scratchers, I realize, but as always the list reflects my personal biases...
     
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    60's:

    Plante
    Sawchuk
    Hall
    Bower
    Worsley
    Dejordy
    Hodge
    Giacomin
    Cheevers
    Crozier
    Johnston
    Binkley
    R.Edwards
    Bassen
    Gamble
     
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    Two things:
    Wouldn't Hall's body of work in the 60s only surpass Sawchuk and Plante in that decade?
    Thoughts on Seth Martin?
     
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    ....interesting lists SF, 60's as well... and thanks for qualifying them with "personal preferences & biases" so more on the side of subjectivity, entertainment value, personal memories & identification rather than wholly objective and absolutely nothing wrong with that. ;)
     
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    Not SF obviously Johnny however... as stated above, thats one Members "Personal Picks" & something I know you & most here encourage.... I for example preferred to see Charlie Hodge rather than the Gumper as the Starter when I tuned into HNIC. Not because Hodge was "better" just that I "enjoyed watching" Charlie a lot more. Very interesting style, techniques. The Habs actually playing a little differently with Hodge in net. Made for a more interesting game at least to my young eyes back in the day. Also very much enjoyed watching Bruce Gamble & Doug Favell in Toronto, along with many of the less Heralded goaltenders & skaters around the league.

    Even followed Minor-Pro way back in the day when NHL jobs were scarce, the AHL, CHL etc all stocked with some excellent players & by "excellent" I dont just mean guys who put up a tonne of points or whatever, I mean "interesting". Fascinating to watch, study, follow.... which brings us to Seth Martin.... who while an excellent goaltender was I believe built more for Sr. Semi-Pro & Minor Pro, "Tournament Hockey" internationally. He played for the love of the game & position, role. Back in the day there were a lot of excellent players who simply did not appreciate or respond to the demands of the professional game to the nth degree's required certainly at the NHL level. Independently minded, outliers.... Seth of that ilk, type. Guyle Fielder another though one who did earn his living exclusively from hockey during his salad days, decades playing.
     
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    Question for those putting tim thomas in their top 10, why?

    Even if you start in 09/10 and not 10/11 (whichever, doesn't matter), he only has 2 seasons as a starter. He started half the games in 09/10 and the better goalie was Rask that season, considering he got 7th place in vezina votes where thomas didn't get a single one.

    I will definitely acknowledge he had an all time awesome goaltending performance in 10/11, and I mean that genuinely. But does his one amazing season make him in the top ten of the 8 or 9 (depending on where you start) seasons.

    Other than that, can't complain about these lists
     
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    Revised my 2000s list after some consideration

    00s
    1.Brodeur
    2.Luongo
    3.Kiprusoff
    4.Giguere
    5.Roy
    6.Hasek
    7.Vokoun
    8.Nabokov
    9.Turco
    10.Lundqvist
    11.Theodore
    12.Belfour
    13.Kolzig
    14.Thomas
    15.Joseph
    Hm Khabibulin, Fernandez, Cechmanek
     
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    Yes, if I paid a bit more attention to detail I could come to that conclusion. Never saw Seth Martin play. As I only became a hockey fan circa 69-70, this list is more of just personal favorites than chiseled-in-stone facts.
     
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    Fair enough.
    I only ask because the 60s stand out as a funny decade with a lack of true colossus goaltenders who routinely ran the table between the regular season and playoffs. Hall has the recognition, of course, and Sawchuk and Plante have the names based on what they did in the 50s (though both certainly had their moments in the 60s), but almost every Stanley Cup that decade came on the backs of a goaltender who was spitting time to some degree for their team.
    It's entirely possible that Hall's playoffs soured you to the extent that you couldn't put him in the top spot, and I'd accept a wide variety of takes on the matter.
     
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    Just curious--what's the argument for Parent over Dryden?
     
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    Thomas has to be top 5 for the 2010s

    2x Vezina, Cup, Smythe.
     
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    2000s:

    Brodeur
    Luongo
    Nabokov
    Vokoun
    Kiprusoff
    Hasek
    Cechmanek
    Osgood
    Theodore
    Biron
    HM: Thomas, Huet, Roy
     
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    I think we should decide which decade a player belongs to and then count acchievements they produced also outside of that decade.
     
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