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2001-2002 NHL Goalie Preview
Published in early September 2001

This article is going to analyze the "goalie depth" for each of the 30 NHL teams for 2001-02.  The depth of a team is based on 4 goalies :

- The number 1
- The Back-up
- The prospect
- The insurance policy

If a team has goalies to fill each role ; no problem between the posts.  But, if a team is missing one piece of the puzzle; WARNING!

The teams have been ranked following this method;

bulletOne goalie has been selected to fill one position.  A goalie can't be at 2 places.
bulletThe goalies have been ranked from 1 to 5 based on their ability to fill the respective roles.
bulletThe ranking is based on the following ratios ;

- 60% for Number 1
- 20% for Back-Up
- 15% for Prospect
- 5%  for Insurance policy

1. DETROIT RED WINGS - 97.8%

Number 1 : Dominik Hasek (5) - Simply the best
Back-Up :  Manny Legace (5) - Booted Osgood out of Detroit
Prospect :   Stefan Liv (2) - Good season in Sweden
Insurance : Jason Eliott (2) - No experience in the NHL

2. NASHVILLE PREDATORS - 94,4

Number 1 : Mike Dunham (4) - Incredible season last year
Back-Up :  Thomas Vokoun (5) - Too good to be no 2
Prospect :   Brian Finley (5) - An injury slowed him last year
Insurance : Chris Mason (2) - Didn't impress nobody in the NHL

3. COLORADO AVALANCHE - 92,2%

Number 1 : Patrick Roy (5) - Always ready when he has to
Back-Up :  David Aebisher (2) - Will have to improve his game
Prospect :   Phillipe Sauvé (4) - Next in line when Patrick is going to leave 
Insurance : Frederic Cassivy (3) - Waiting for his chance

4. DALLAS STARS - 87,8%

Number 1 : Ed Belfour (4) - THE competitor
Back-Up :  Marty Turco (4) - A potential superstar
Prospect :   Dan Ellis (4) - Excellent in the CCHA
Insurance : Rick Tabaracci (3) - Has done his time

5. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKET - 86,7%

Number 1 : Ron Tugnutt (4) - Continues to improve
Back-Up :  Marc Denis (3) - Should be better this year
Prospect :   Pascal Leclaire (5) - Another QJHML product
Insurance : JF Labbé (3) - Never had a real chance

6. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS - 85,6%

Number 1 : Roman Cehcmanek (4) - Watch out for the sophomore year jinx
Back-Up :  Brian Boucher (3) - Will have to take that confidence back
Prospect :   Maxime Ouellet (5) - No 1 goalie prospect of the NHL
Insurance : R.Malek (2) - Another Cechmanek

7. CAROLINA HURRICANES - 80,0%

Number 1 : Arthus Irbe (4) - Refuses to slow down
Back-Up :  Tom Barrasso (2) - Should have stayed retired
Prospect :   J-Marc Pelletier (4) - One of the best in the IHL
Insurance : Tyler Moss (4) - Took some experience last year

8. FLORIDA PANTHERS - 80,0%

Number 1 : Roberto Luongo (4) - A futur Vezina winner
Back-Up : Trevor Kidd (3) - Bad salary/performance ratio
Prospect :   Davis Parley (4) - Rank no 1 in the OHL
Insurance : NOBODY (0)

9. WASHINGTON CAPITALS - 80,0%

Number 1 : Olaf Kolzig (4) - The heart of Washington (before Jagr)
Back-Up :  Craig Billington (4) - Does perfectly his job
Prospect :   Radislav Stana (2) - Did nothing good in America
Insurance : Sébastien Charpentier (2) - Average in IHL

10. NEW-JERSEY DEVILS - 78.9%

Number 1 : Martin Brodeur (4) - In the olympics race
Back-Up :  J-François Damphousse (2) - No NHL experience
Prospect :   Ari Ahonen (4) - Best European prospect in net
Insurance : Frederic Henry (3) - Difficult season in Albany 

11. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING - 76.7%

Number 1 : Nikolai Khabibulin (3) - Comes back from a 2 year break
Back-Up :  Kevin Weeks (5) - Did very good job as no 1
Prospect :   E.Konstantinov (3) - Will have to improve his game
Insurance : Dieter Kochan (4) - Had played a few game in the NHL

12. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS - 74.4%

Number 1 : Curtis Joseph (4) - The ACROBAT
Back-Up :  Mikael Tellqvist (2) - Coming right from Sweden
Prospect :   J-François Racine (3) - Had some good junior years
Insurance : Sébastien Centomo (2) - No professional experience

13. ANAHEIM MIGHTY DUCKS - 74.4%

Number 1 : J-Sebastien Giguère (3) - His first real chance
Back-Up :  Steve Sheild (4) - Will be ready if Giguère doesn't do the job
Prospect :   Ilza Bryzgalov (4) - No 1 prospect of the team
Insurance : Greg Naumenko (3) - Has to be patient

14. MONTREAL CANADIENS - 73.3%

Number 1 : José Théodore (3) - Number 1 for the first time
Back-Up :  Jeff Hackett (4) - Will he accept his role?
Prospect :   Mathieu Garon (4) - Surprised many peoples  last year
Insurance : Vadim Tarasov (2) - Lots of talent - No experience

15. LOS ANGELES KINGS - 73.3%

Number 1 : Félix Potvin (3) - Is he really back?
Back-Up :  Stéphane Fiset (4) - Injuries giving him trouble
Prospect :   Alexei Volkov (3) - Slow to improve
Insurance : Jamie Storr (5) - Should be traded soon

16. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS - 72.2%

Number 1 : Jocelyn Thibault (3) - Able to stop everything or nothing
Back-Up :  Steve Passmore (3) - Will never be no 1
Prospect :   Craig Anderson (5) - Ranks no 1 in WHL
Insurance : Michael Leigton (2) - Too young to do the job

17. SAN JOSE SHARKS - 72.2%

Number 1 : Evgeny Nabokov (3) - Watch out for the sophomore year jinx
Back-Up :  Mikka Kiprussoff (4) - Surprised many peoples in playoffs
Prospect :   Nolan Schafer (3) - Rank no 1 in HE
Insurance : Vesa Tokala (4) - Ready to take the challenge

18. OTTAWA SENATORS - 68.9%

Number 1 : Patrick Lalime (3) - Will he keep the pace?
Back-Up :  Jane hurme (3) - Did the job last year
Prospect :   Mathieu Chouinard (4) - Drafted by Ottawa twice
Insurance : Martin Prusek (2) - Is playing in Czech Rep.

19. EDMONTON OILERS - 68.9%

Number 1 : Tommy Salo (4) - The underdog
Back-Up :  Jane Markanen (1) - WHO???
Prospect :   Alex Formitchev (3) - 2 years of experience in AHL
Insurance : Ty Conklin (1) - Did his job in the HE

20. MINNESOTA WILD - 68,9%

Number 1 : Manny Fernandez (3) - Great season last year
Back-Up :  Jamie McLennan (3) - Is doing his job but nothing more
Prospect :   Derek Gustafson (3) - Played few games in the NHL
Insurance : Dwayne Roloson (5) - The best in all minor leagues

21. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS - 67,8%

Number 1 : Johan Hedberg (3) - Incredible in playoffs
Back-Up :  J-Sebatien Aubin (3) - Not easy for him
Prospect :   Sébastien Caron (3) - Difficult first pro year
Insurance : Rob Tallas (4) - Better than many Back-up in the league

22. BOSTON BRUINS - 65.6%

Number 1 : Byron Dafoe (3) - Rollercoaster
Back-Up :  John Grahame (3) - Very important year
Prospect :   Andrew Raycroft (3) - Already many games in the NHL
Insurance : Kay Whitmore (2) - An old timer

23. BUFFALO SABRES - 65.6%

Number 1 : Martin Biron (3) - First season as no 1
Back-Up :  Mika Noronen (3) - Show good things last year
Prospect :   Gyslain Rousseau (3) - Will play more games this year
Insurance : Ryan Miller (2) - Rank no 1 in the CCHA

24. PHOENIX COYOTES - 62.2%

Number 1 : Sean Burke (3) - Best season of his career (last year)
Back-Up :  Robert Esche (3) - Has a bright future… as back up
Prospect :   Patrick Desrochers (2) - Starting to get old
Insurance : Josh Blackburn (2) : Don't seem to do the job

25. ST LOUIS BLUES - 50.0%

Number 1 : Fred Brathwaite (2) : Is going to face fewer shots
Back-Up :  Brent Johnson (3) : After a great start, he slowed down
Prospect :   Cody Rudowsky (3) : At 23, it is getting late
Insurance : NOBODY (0)

26. NEW-YORK RANGERS - 48,9%

Number 1 : Mike Richter (2) - Is coming back from a poor year
Back-Up :  Johan Holmqvist (2) - Maybe the solution…maybe
Prospect :   Jason Labarbera (3) - Didn't play much in pro
Insurance : Vitali Yeremeyev (3) - Good playoff in the AHL

27. CALGARY FLAMES - 45.6%

Number 1 : Roman Turek (2) - What can we expect?
Back-Up :  Mike Vernon (2) - Seems like the end
Prospect :   Brent Krahn (2) - Will play in the WHL
Insurance : Levent Szuper (3) - Is maybe going to have his chance

28. ATLANTA TRASHERS - 42,2%

Number 1 : Damian Rhodes (1) - His last chance
Back-Up :  Milan Hnilicka (3) - Keep the fort last year
Prospect :   Smid Zdenek (3) - Save pct of ,914 in Czech rep
Insurance : Norm Maracle (5) - NHL - if he solves his drinking problems

29. VANCOUVER CANUCKS - 41.1%

Number 1 : Dan Cloutier (2) - Another chance as no 1
Back-Up :  Alex Auld (1) - Canucks will have to move 
Prospect :   Kevin swanson (2) - Rank 14th at 20 in the WHL
Insurance : Alfie Michaud (3) -May have is chance

30. NEW YORK ISLANDERS - 35.6%

Number 1 : Rick Dipietro (1) - Lot of talent but way too young
Back-Up :  Garth Snow (2) - Not a good solution
Prospect :   David St-Germain (3) - 2nd in season and 1st in playoffs
Insurance : Stephen Valiquette (3) - May see some actions

 

 

 

 


 

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