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Scott Pianowski

Shuffle Up and Deal: Gauging the goalies

Scott Pianowski
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You know the rules. Assume a new draft that starts tonight. Yahoo default settings. What's happened to this point is an audition, but not how we're grading them – this is all about what will happen the rest of the way.

Let's head to the crease.

1. Martin Brodeur(notes)
2. Ryan Miller(notes)
3. Roberto Luongo(notes)
4. Evgeni Nabokov(notes)
5. Henrik Lundqvist(notes)
6. Miikka Kiprusoff(notes)
7. Craig Anderson(notes)
8. Ilya Bryzgalov(notes)
9. Jimmy Howard(notes)
10. Tim Thomas(notes)
11. Niklas Backstrom(notes)
12. Tomas Vokoun(notes)

Comments: Kiprusoff hasn't played well in January, but it's hard to get past where his seasonal numbers are. … Nabokov's stats have a lot to do with the play in front of him, but they don't ask how, they ask how many? … Howard's effectively thrown Chris Osgood(notes) out of the way for the balance of the year, barring an injury.

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13. Marc-Andre Fleury(notes)
14. Cristobal Huet(notes)
15. Jaroslav Halak(notes)
16. Jonas Hiller(notes)
17. Jonathan Quick(notes)
18. Chris Mason(notes)
19. Carey Price(notes)
20. Pekka Rinne(notes)
21. Michael Leighton(notes)
22. Cam Ward(notes)
23. Tuukka Rask(notes)
24. Antti Niemi(notes)
25. Dan Ellis(notes)
26. Marty Turco(notes)
27. Brian Elliott(notes)
28. Jose Theodore(notes)
29. Rick DiPietro(notes)

Comments: If there's a reason to be optimistic about Turco down the stretch, show me to it. I have zero faith in him right now. … Note to self: let someone else have Carey Price next fall. … Ward has single-handedly kept the Hurricanes competitive in recent weeks but there's only so far you can go with him given the supporting cast. … Huet and Niemi have the benefit of the loaded Chicago defense in front of them, but neither guy strikes me as a championship goaltender. A stud in net is the only thing this Blackhawks club is missing; yes, Jeremy Roenick(notes), you're right, and I loved you in Swingers (clip NSFW).

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30. Steve Mason(notes)
31. Ray Emery(notes)
32. Ty Conklin(notes)
33. Dwayne Roloson(notes)
34. Semyon Varlamov(notes)
35. Mike Smith(notes)
36. Josh Harding(notes)
37. Mathieu Garon(notes)
38. Alex Auld(notes)
39. Chris Osgood
40. Jonas Gustavsson
41. Kari Lehtonen(notes)
42. Mike Brodeur(notes)
43. Johan Hedberg(notes)
44. Ondrej Pavelec(notes)
45. Vesa Toskala
46. Michal Neuvirth

That's what I got, what's on your clipboard?

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