Brent Johnson (February 1, 2011 - Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images North America)
I’m working on coming up with ranking system for the top 10 goalies of the week or by-weekly. It is taking me a little time to fully figure out how I want to do that. But I came across this ranking of the top 10 backup goalies in the NHL by Bleacher Report and I am going to have to disagree with some of the rankings. I am also going to give my top 10 backups right now.
They have Ray Emery on the list, but after playing in 4 games I don’t think that warrants making it into the top 10, I also think that two headed goalies (where goalies are splitting or are close to splitting games) don’t really count for backups even though they may appear as a backup (Brian Boucher), in my opinion. I think they did a pretty good job otherwise. As much as I’d love to put Scott Clemmensen as the best backup, those of you that know me would expect that, here are my top 10 backup goalies:
10- Jonathan Bernier, Los Angeles Kings (10-8-3, .908 save percentage, 2.57 goals-against average, 2 shutouts)
Bernier has done well in his first full year in the NHL, performing great in the games he has played in this year. Look for him in years to come.
9-Martin Biron, New York Rangers (8-6-0, .923 save percentage, 2.13 goals-against average)
Biron was an amazing backup for the Rangers filling in well and giving his teammate shootout tips from the bench helping the team win games that way.
10-10-5, .904 save percentage, 2.65 goals-against average, 3 shutouts)
He has done well behind Steve Mason and earlier we anointed “the starter” for a few weeks and had filled in decently for Mason when he gets a night off.
Antero Niittymaki-San Jose Sharks (12-6-3, .900 save percentage, 2.57 goals-against average)
Nitty has done great filling in for Antti Niemi, even with an injury that kept him out a little during the season. The Sharks have no problem playing him in games over Niemi and he has the experience should Niemi falter.
6- (12-10-3, .915 save percentage, 2.78 goals-against average, 1 shutout)
and is playing really well again this year.
5-Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins10-12-2, 2 shutouts, .917 save percentage, 2.75 goals-against average)
(11-5-3, 2.19 goals-against average, .920 save percentage, 1 shutout)