It is the most important position in hockey and perhaps the most important in sports.
The goaltender position is a must-have for any team that considers itself a contender in the NHL. Competent and consistent goaltending will help an average team become a playoff contender and a good team become an excellent one.
A good goaltender will usually make one or two stops a game that will make observers say, "how did he do that?"
That ability will translate to the rest of the team. Once that kind of save is made, it can lead to a surge of adrenaline throughout the rest of the team, and that means, they will pick up their play.
Here's a look at the seven most indispensable goalies in the NHL.