New York Rangers: In Henrik Lundqvist, They Have the Best Goalie in the NHL

Scott AbusoCorrespondent IJanuary 19, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 06:  Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers makes a glove save on the shot as Chris Kunitz #14 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates in during the NHL game at Consol Energy Center on January 6, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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One word comes to my mind when describing Henrik Lundqvist—tank.

Arguably the most loved and appreciated New York Ranger of the past decade, Henrik has been a rock for the team and its fans since his rookie season. 

The opinions of a die hard Rangers fan may not be enough to convince the average hockey fan that Lundqvist is the best, so let's look over a few statistics.

Henrik has posted an NHL-record 30+ wins in each of his seasons, and he's on pace to do it again this year.  

He has never had a season GAA above 2.43, or a season save percentage below .912.  To put this in perspective, Tim Thomas and Martin Brodeur—two of the NHL's elite goalies—have had seasons with higher GAAs and lower save percentages.  

Beyond the statistics, Lundqvist is just a solid personality both on the ice and in the locker room.  He hardly cracks under pressure, and he is one of the more humble players around.  

Sure, he is not what I would call a "highlight reel" goalie, as he does not regularly make sprawling, diving or theatrical saves.  While it is pretty amazing to see saves of that kind, Lundqvist hasn't made them regularly because, in all honesty, he doesn't need to.      

He knows himself, and he plays to his strengths.  Staying deep in his own net, with his unrivaled ability to cover his five-hole with his stick, Lundqvist remains strong and finds the right positioning.

Lundqvist is the best goalie around.  He has the personality and the skills of a champion.  He is a strong presence on the New York Rangers, and he is an immeasurably important asset to the team.