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Vokoun plummets down The Hockey News’ goalie rankings

Jan 23, 2012, 9:29 PM EDT

No doubt about it, Tomas Vokoun hasn’t been quite what the Washington Capitals expected, especially before 2012 rolled around. If you want a good idea of how much his stock has dropped, take a look at how far he fell in The Hockey News’ Top 30 Goalie Rankings:

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If you don’t feel like clicking, Vokoun fell from ninth last season to 25th out of the top 30 in 2011-12. Here are a few other observations from this natural debate generator:

  • Brian Elliott (ninth place) and Mike Smith (12th place) made the biggest jumps as they weren’t even in the top 30 last season.
  • Want a clue that the 2010-11 version happened before the 2011 All-Star Game? Ondrej Pavelec was ranked fourth overall. As you may remember, the Atlanta Thrashers-turned-Winnipeg Jets were strong in the first half of last season before falling apart in the second.
  • The most interesting omission has to be Ilya Bryzgalov, who didn’t make the top 30. He’s certainly having a tough season, but The Hockey News doesn’t even believe he’s the equivalent to an NHL starter right now. Wow.
  • Backups received a lot of love, including Tuukka Rask, who fell just a bit short of the top 10 at No. 11. Martin Biron might be the most surprising choice at No. 27.

Anyway, enough of PHT’s observations, what are some of yours? Is Henrik Lundqvist really the best goalie in the NHL? Who gets too much love or too little? Let us know in the comments.

  1. barkar942 - Jan 23, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    King Henrik is deservedly at the top of this list.
    Is he the best right now?
    If not, he is very close to the best.
    But as I have said in the past about Marty Brodeur, Hank now has a system in front of him that helps him.
    But as the penalty shot stop at the end of the Winter Classic showed him at his determined best,
    perhaps he is #1 right now!

    • barkar942 - Jan 23, 2012 at 9:55 PM

      Marty Biron has been playing some of his best in years, Craig Anderson deserves much higher, and Mike Smith has made some unbelievable one on one saves this year.
      Carey Price should be further down than Smith right now.

  2. garryjercia - Jan 23, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Bryz isn’t playing like a starter by a long shot.

  3. AppealToReason - Jan 24, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Once you get outside your cream of the crop its really anyones guess. After about the top5 or so the gap really isn’t that big between like 6 and 12.

    Do think its a little weird neither of Chicago’s goaltenders is top30 worthy.

  4. bowens3181 - Jan 24, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    Where is Ryan Miller?

    • blacksabbathrulesall - Jan 24, 2012 at 7:03 AM

      Where he should be. Not in the top 30.

      • bowens3181 - Jan 24, 2012 at 9:09 PM

        So if you were starting a team you would rather have Al Montoya, J.S Giguere, Johan Hedberg, Jonas Gustavsson, etc. then Ryan Miller?

  5. lsxphotog - Jan 24, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Mike Smith came out of nowhere. Got sent down to minors and came back on his best game ever. That hasn’t stopped since post All-Star 2011 and through the playoffs.

  6. mojosmagic - Jan 24, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Bryzgolo isn’t playing like a good backup.

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