There is perhaps no position more important in the game of hockey than the goaltender. They are lauded in victory, shoulder most of the blame in defeat and have the most direct impact direct impact on a team's success than any other player on the ice
It takes a special kind of person to be a goaltender—someone with quick reflexes, a tough mental resolve and an ability to be unfazed by hurling themselves in front of hunks of rubber traveling at speeds of up to 100 mph. Every team is looking for one of these players, and the best our often some of the most valuable commodities in the NHL.
By now most teams have determined who their starting goalie will be for the 2011-12 NHL season. Some teams feature proven veterans, while others are banking on young up-and-comers who are taking on the title of "No. 1 Goalie" for the very first time.
With all that said, here are this year's starting goalie power rankings to begin the season.