Goaltending plays as big of a role in fantasy hockey as it does in the real life NHL. Fantasy statistics like starts, wins, goals against, shutouts, and save percentage can really add up.
Most leagues involve drafting two starting goalies and one bench goalie. Last year, I was lucky enough to draft Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas in the 11th round and Henrik Lundqvist in the second round.
My bench goaltender happened to Ilyz Bryzgalov, which worked out well since Tim Thomas appeared in under 60 games.
Nonetheless, it is always smart to build around goaltending. Picking an elite goaltender early is smart because there are so many scorers available to be selected in the later round.
This slideshow will take a look at some goalies you should draft as soon as possible.