Northwest Division Goaltender Rankings

Joseph GuntherContributor IAugust 19, 2009

MONTREAL- OCTOBER 4:  Niklas Backstrom #32 of the Minnesota Wild makes a glove save during the game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on October 04, 2008 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The Wild defeated the Canadiens 3-0.   (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

The Northwest Division has some of the best goaltenders in the NHL.

There is a lot of experience in those goaltenders. Four of the five starters in the division are at least 30-years-old. The division newest starter, Nikolai Khabibulin, began his NHL career with the Winnipeg Jets.

Miikka Kiprusoff led all NHL goaltenders in wins with 45 for the Calgary Flames.

Craig Anderson signed with the Colorado Avalanche after having the best season of his career in a platoon role with the Florida Panthers.

Nikolai Khabibulin signed with the Edmonton Oilers after helping the Chicago Blackhawks reach the Western Conference finals.

Niklas Backstrom was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy for the Minnesota Wild.

Josh Harding is the Wild's backup, but is worthy of mentioning with the other division's starter after posting the best goaltender performance of the season last year with a 44-save victory over the Blackhawks on Feb. 22.

Roberto Luongo helped the Vancouver Canucks win the Northwest Division last season.

To view the rankings click here.