Shuffle Up and Deal: Tim Thomas owns the crease

Scott Pianowski
January 7, 2011

The list below is how I'd attack the goaltending position if I were entering a fresh fantasy hockey draft today. What's happened to this point is an audition, but this is not meant to be simply a rehash of what's gone down to this point. We're trying to figure out who the best fantasy goalies will be in the second half.

Your intelligent and respectful disagreement is always welcome, but bring your best argument. Defend your opinions. Don't tell us you don't like the list, tell us specifically how you'd change it and why.

Game on.

1. Tim Thomas(notes)
2. Jonathan Quick(notes)
3. Carey Price(notes)
4. Henrik Lundqvist(notes)
5. Roberto Luongo(notes)
6. Marc-Andre Fleury(notes)
7. Ryan Miller(notes)
8. Tomas Vokoun(notes)
9. Ondrej Pavelec(notes)
10. Jimmy Howard(notes)

Thomas owners don't have anything to worry about; Rask is stumbling along at a 3-8-1 clip. … Price looks good in every column, but you specifically have to love that he's an every-night option, leading the league with 37 starts. … Howard is collecting plenty of wins because of the crew in front of him, but he hasn't been nearly as sharp in 2010-11, dropping significantly in the percentage stats.

11. Jaroslav Halak(notes)
12. Jonas Hiller(notes)
13. Cam Ward(notes)
14. Ilya Bryzgalov(notes)
15. Pekka Rinne(notes)
16. Miikka Kiprusoff(notes)
17. Semyon Varlamov(notes)
18. Niklas Backstrom(notes)
19. Kari Lehtonen(notes)
20. Brian Boucher(notes)
21. Corey Crawford(notes)
22. Craig Anderson(notes)

It's not that Crawford is any great shakes, but I think we can all see that Turco can't be trusted. … Kiprusoff's 2009-10 season goes into the outlier file; consider that his save percentage has regularly been in the low .900s for the three seasons that surround last year. … Varlamov has been white-hot of late and you get the idea the Caps could be ready to go on a second-half tear (or maybe I'm just watching too much HBO).

23. Dwayne Roloson(notes)
24. Antero Niittymaki(notes)
25. Sergei Bobrovsky(notes)
26. Martin Brodeur(notes)
27. Michal Neuvirth(notes)
28. Antti Niemi(notes)
29. Brian Elliott(notes)
30. Mathieu Garon(notes)
31. Tuukka Rask(notes)
32. Anders Lindback(notes)
33. Brent Johnson(notes)
34. Steve Mason(notes)
35. Andrew Raycroft(notes)

Brodeur hasn't been his sharpest, we can all see that, but his terrible year reminds us of how context-driven this position is. … I've been a Roloson fan dating back to his college days; it's refreshing to see him on a decent club for once. … Raycroft is probably mandatory insurance for Lehtonen owners; at least that's how I'm looking at it in the one critical league where I need Lehtonen.

36. Nikolai Khabibulin(notes)
37. Marty Turco(notes)
38. Cory Schneider(notes)
39. Jonas Gustavsson(notes)
40. Jonathan Bernier(notes)
41. Dan Ellis(notes)
42. Rick DiPietro(notes)
43. Peter Budaj(notes)
44. Devan Dubnyk(notes)
45. Ty Conklin(notes)
46. Evgeni Nabokov(notes)

I've had my say, now it's your turn. Further the conversation, gamer.