The 2010-11 NHL season is only two weeks old, but it's never too early to make assessments and draw conclusions on the goalies' performances thus far.
Which goaltender will reign above the rest at the end of the 2010-11 NHL season? Will the strongest between the pipes be able to bring home a Stanley Cup to his team, or possibly a Vezina Trophy?
It's way too early to tell, but based on the two weeks of the NHL hockey that fans have witnessed, there's no doubt that there are some surprises that could be added to the list of greats by the end of the season. However, with the tumultuous journey that is the NHL season, a bad guess could be just as accurate as a good guess.
With that said, now is a good time to break down the numbers and see who could be a top goalie contender this season.
To make this easier, I have taken the top 15 overall save percentages in the NHL through Monday, only including goalies who have played in three or more games. I will rank them in that order and briefly analyze their play and chances of becoming "Goaltender of the Year."
As a warning, there will be deserving goalies who will not make the list. I want to emphasize that this is organized by statistics primarily and there will be names of goalies who will never be considered as the best in the biz.
Here's what the numbers show.
Laura Falcon is a Featured Columnist for the Pittsburgh Penguins and a college writing intern for Bleacher Report. Follow her on Twitter or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments.