The Islanders currently have their hands on three very capable netminders: Al Montoya, Evgeni Nabokov and Rick DiPietro.
Montoya received the home opener start and proved he wanted the position. He's played four games this season and is currently 2-2-0 with a .930 save percentage and a 2.02 GAA.
Montoya proved himself more than capable last year after playing a majority of the season in place of the injury-prone DiPietro. Montoya is still young and may still have a little more developing to do, but he is a very solid goalie and can most definitely get the job done.
Nabokov actually decided to play with the team this season after refusing to play last season after being picked up off of waivers. He is also having a very strong start to the season with a .927 save percentage and a 2.23 GAA.
Nabakov is 1-2-0 and was taken out of his last start before a shootout due to a "lower body injury." He is currently day-to-day. At the start of the season I tabbed Nabokov as the starting goaltender, and I still believe he will be once he is fully healthy.
Last but not least (or maybe least), Rick DiPietro, the injury-prone 15-year man. DiPietro had a very solid start last night but had a very unlucky break in overtime when the ref called a penalty on Travis Hamonic, basically giving the Sharks the win.
DiPietro still finished the game with a .900 save percentage. Last season I lost all of my faith in Dipietro, but his preseason and his game last night are changing my mind. The guy is very talented, but he is an injury-prone athlete and that's going to haunt him for a long while.
All three of these goalies have incredible talent. Whether head coach Jack Capuano picks Nabokov, Montoya or DiPietro as his main starter, the Islanders should have success regardless. I think right now the ribbon belongs to Montoya because he is a young goaltender who's out to prove himself (as if he already hasn't).
But each of these goalies has something to bring to the table, and once the coaching staff and front office figure out which is best, things will go smoothly. But for the time being, things are a bit up in the air.