Ranking the NHL's 10 Best Rookie Goaltenders

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Ranking the NHL's 10 Best Rookie Goaltenders
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Committing to playing a rookie goalie is always a difficult decision for an NHL franchise, because there's no margin for error: If the player isn't ready, he's going to get shelled. 

Some of the goalies on this list have been evidence of that, but many of them have taken advantage of an opportunity to prove that they belong in the major leagues, often even forcing a trade of a freshly superfluous veteran. 

Read on to see how we've ranked this year's group of rookie goaltenders (Note: we're using the NHL definition of rookie here, so some good first year players, such as Cam Talbot, were not included due to age).

Unless otherwise noted, statistics are courtesy of NHL.com or HockeyDB.com and are current through the start of action on March 24. 

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