From stand-up to butterfly, goaltending technique has evolved greatly over the years.
From playing without helmets and wearing waterlogged horsehair pads, like Terry Sawchuck, to wearing the high tech gear that is commonplace in the NHL today, equipment has evolved drastically as well.
However, equipment and style are only two measures of a great goalie. Which is why I have decided to mash together all the goalies I think were the best at a particular aspect of the game in order to create the ultimate goalie.
The skills that are essential in a goaltender and from which I will be choosing the best from are: Glove Hand, Lateral Coverage, Puck Handling, Rebound Control, Positioning/Angles, Desperation Saves, Poke Check, Size, Mental Toughness, Durability, and Speed.
Although it is hard to compare today’s goalie to past defenders of the twisted twine I will be including goalies from all eras of hockey when considering who was the past at each particular skill.