One of the biggest stories of the 2013-14 NHL season so far has been the emergence of a number of unlikely goaltending heroes all around the league.
Conventional wisdom has dictated that elite goaltenders emerge rarely, and teams need to lock them up when they do. This year, great goalies seem to be coming out of the woodwork, preserving the fortunes of many a franchise as unexpected circumstances have arisen.
Here's a look at eight goaltenders who have dramatically exceeded expectations this season—unheralded rookies and standout journeymen alike. Rankings are based on the goalie's positive impact on his team to date and the likelihood that he can keep his strong play going for the rest of the year.
Which of these eight do you think can keep it going long enough to sign a big-money, long-term Lundqvist-like deal? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
All stats through Sunday, December 15, courtesy of NHL.com.