2018 Outlook: Holtby looked on as Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky claimed the 2017 Vezina Trophy in Vegas, but the Canadian has one on the mantel from the previous season and still ranks in an elite class of netminders. In 2016-17, "Holtbeast" fashioned his strongest peripherals (2.07 GAA, .925 save percentage) as a full-time starter and iced the cake with a league-high nine shutouts. While the Capitals haven't won a Stanley Cup in 43 years of existence, they've clinched back-to-back Presidents' Trophies with Holtby backstopping them to 90 wins in 129 starts since 2015-16. Seizing up Holtby before Bobrovsky and Habs star Carey Price is virtually the same as test driving any sports car of your choosing, so sit back and enjoy the ride.
2018 Outlook: Price wasn't quite at his 2014-15 MVP level last season, but still played well after missing most of the previous campaign due to an MCL sprain. He finished sixth in GAA (2.23), ninth in save percentage (.923) and fifth in wins (37), all while holding 15 of his final 19 opponents to two or fewer goals after defensive-minded Claude Julien took over behind the bench. A full season with Julien should do wonders for Price's peripherals, but an elite win total will be hard to achieve given his expected workload. Montreal has expressed a desire to limit Price to 60 starts in the first year of his new eight-year contract, even though top netminders routinely see 65-70 per season. Still, Price should be one of the first three goalies off the board.
2018 Outlook: Health is the only major concern for Murray, as racking up wins won't be an issue playing for the two-time defending Stanley Cup champs. The 23-year-old netminder is 41-12-5 with a 2.32 GAA and .928 save percentage in his regular-season career and will be given every opportunity to eclipse last year's total of 47 starts with Marc-Andre Fleury no longer in town. If he can stay on the ice for 60-plus appearances after missing time with a broken hand and torn hamstring last season, Murray should be in contention to finish as the league's top fantasy goalie.
2018 Outlook: Finally healthy last year, Bobrovsky bounced back for arguably his best season ever en route to his second Vezina Trophy win. He led the league in GAA (2.06) and save percentage (.931) while finishing third in wins (41) for a Blue Jackets team that achieved a franchise-record 108 points. While the Russian maintained similar form over a 38-game sample back in 2012-13, his struggles in between suggest regression is definitely on the table. That said, he turns just 29 in September, and the young team around him is only getting better. Only one man has pulled off the goaltending triple crown since Ed Belfour in 1991, but Bobrovsky has the combination of ability and situation to achieve the feat after falling one win short a year ago.
2018 Outlook: Talbot made a whopping 73 regular season starts last year, which amounted to a tie with 2016 Vezina Trophy winner Braden Holtby of the Capitals for a league-high 42 wins. Additionally, Talbot's peripherals -- a 2.39 GAA and .919 save percentage to complement seven shutouts -- were quite strong. Conservative fantasy owners may pass over the 30-year-old early in drafts, concerned about the fatigue potential brought on by his heavy usage and 13 grueling playoff appearances factored in, but he's in the thick of his prime entering his fifth NHL season. Talbot is your guy if you seek a set-and-forget type No. 1 netminder.
2018 Outlook: Jones has established himself as a surefire top-10 fantasy goaltender heading into his third season with the Sharks. San Jose took a chance on him as a starter after a pair of strong campaigns backing up Kings No. 1 Jonathan Quick, and that move has paid tremendous dividends given Jones' 72 wins, 2.33 GAA and .915 save percentage in 130 starts with the club. His combination of workload and favorable situation on a good team give the 27-year-old netminder a high floor at a position that tends to be fickle from year to year outside of the cream of the crop.
2018 Outlook: Dubnyk was the frontrunner for the Vezina Trophy in the first half of last season, but his play faded badly down the stretch. The overall numbers came out just fine, though, as the 6-foot-6 behemoth was one of only four goalies to finish among the top 10 in wins, GAA and save percentage. While Dubnyk's second half certainly left a bad taste in fantasy owners' mouths, he still has a sparkling 99-54-13 record, 2.17 GAA and .924 save percentage since being traded to the Wild in January 2015. Minnesota is expected to contend once again, and Dubnyk's locked in as the starter, so another strong campaign should be in the cards.
2018 Outlook: Rinne made up for a so-so regular season with a stellar playoff run, carrying the Predators to within two wins of their first Stanley Cup with a 1.96 GAA and .930 save percentage in 22 starts. While it's nice to see the 34-year-old veteran is still capable of elevating his game to that level, it's fair to wonder whether the physical and mental fatigue of that deep run will take its toll on him this year. His regular-season GAA has already been better than 2.40 in each of the past two campaigns, and young backup Juuse Saros is hungry for more work after outplaying Rinne when given the chance. There's more risk here than you'd expect for a veteran netminder coming off a stellar postseason.
2018 Outlook: Rask's save percentage has never dipped below .915 since his four-game rookie campaign, and the 30-year-old Finn's career GAA is a sparkling 2.24. Playing for a Boston team that's always at least in the playoff picture also gives him a high floor in the victory department, as evidenced by his four consecutive campaigns of over 30 wins heading into this season. The Bruins have two decent goalie prospects behind him in Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre, but they're far from locks to even beat out Anton Khudobin for the backup job. Rask has a clear path to 60-plus starts after logging at least 62 in each of the past three seasons, making him a safe choice with upside.
2018 Outlook: A groin injury on Opening Night cost Quick the majority of last season, as he wasn't able to return until Feb. 25. While he suited up for just 17 starts, his .917 save percentage and 2.26 GAA were right in line with the numbers he had posted through the previous three years (.917 and 2.18). Quick also affirmed his status as a go-to netminder with a strong .927 save percentage at 5-on-5. The 31-year-old goalie will be leaned on again in 2017-18 with Ben Bishop moving on to Dallas, so Quick should approach 65 starts. The workload alone offers plenty of fantasy value. Additionally, despite having a number of core pieces in clear decline, the Kings' excellent possession game presents a nice fantasy setup for Quick.
2018 Outlook: Andersen did just enough to get his team to the playoffs in his first season with the Maple Leafs, but expectations will be higher this time, given the expected progress of Toronto's talented youngsters. The Dane's career-worst 2.67 GAA last season can be blamed on poor defensive play in front of him, as Andersen's .918 save percentage was right in line with his career average. More wins and slightly better peripherals usually go hand-in-hand with greater team success, but then again, this is the Maple Leafs we're talking about, so that success is far from guaranteed.
2018 Outlook: With Frederik Andersen out of the picture, the Ducks turned the starting reigns over to Gibson last season, and the youngster didn't disappoint when he was healthy. Although Gibson was limited to just 49 starts, he posted a high-end .924 save percentage and 2.22 GAA, which included a fifth-ranked .935 save percentage at 5-on-5 among all goalies with at least 35 games played. Anaheim returns a strong defensive corps in front of Gibson, and the addition of Ryan Miller shouldn't be viewed as a negative, as Gibson is the better netminder and the clear No. 1. Staying healthy is all that's left for Gibson to warrant mention among the top fantasy goalies. After all, he already owns a career .922 save percentage and 2.22 GAA.
2018 Outlook: Vasilevskiy comes with more question marks than most goalies in this tier, given his 2.60 career GAA, but there's plenty to be excited about after the 23-year-old netminder went 12-4-2 with a 2.27 GAA and .930 save percentage in his final 18 appearances last season. The Russian got a starter's workload after Tampa Bay dealt Ben Bishop for Peter Budaj at the trade deadline, and he should see a similar role with Budaj back in the fold once again. There is concern about Vasilevskiy's endurance after he started just 81 games through three NHL seasons, but having a healthier Lightning team in front of him will help offset some of that.
2018 Outlook: Crawford has been Mr. Consistent for the Blackhawks and fantasy gamers. He's started at least 55 games in four straight seasons, posting 32 wins or more in each with a .921 save percentage and 2.36 GGA during that span. His ratios dipped in 2016-17, though, and the 32-year-old netminder struggled down the stretch and into the playoffs with a .916 save percentage and 2.60 GAA through his final 26 games. With a significant roster turnover leading into 2017-18, there are a lot of unknowns for the Blackhawks, and this current defensive corps could prove to be a serious liability. Barring injury, Crawford's fantasy floor is still high, but he could struggle to post another high-end showing.
2018 Outlook: Allen excelled after Mike Yeo replaced Ken Hitchcock as head coach on Feb. 1, going 16-7-2 with a 1.85 GAA and .938 save percentage in the regular season before leading the team to a competitive second-round exit thanks to a 1.96 GAA and .935 save percentage in 11 playoff appearances. Yeo's defense-first mindset should once again lead to success for the netminder with two first names, who now has a year of experience as a full-time starter under his belt. St. Louis lacks the firepower to push Allen into elite territory record-wise, but an unquestioned No. 1 option with excellent peripherals on a playoff contender is nothing to scoff at.