Las Vegas–With Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-André Fleury getting his 400th NHL win yesterday against the Philadelphia Flyers, where does he rank all time among netminders?
Vegas Knights of The Roundtable takes a look at the best goalies in the exclusive 400 and over club.
Note: For this analysis the requirements to be on our list is that the goalie has to have won at least 2 Stanley Cups.
#1 Martin Brodeur
Brodeur drafted in the 1st round of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft was originally selected by the New Jersey Devils at 20th overall from the Saint-Hyacinthe Laser of the QMJHL.
Over the course of 21 seasons in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils and St. Louis Blues Brodeur has gone on to have arguably the best career among goalies all time.
With 1,266 games played across that span, Brodeur has won 691 of them, had 397 losses, 154 ties, and recorded 125 shutouts which is a league record.
Honestly with the amount of wins under his belt, I don’t expect to see that record be broken anytime soon by the active goalies in the league that are currently playing.
His best season during the 21 seasons happened back in the 2006-07 campaign. There he posted a 48-23-7 record and as a bonus secured 12 shutouts along the way.
That same season he would go on record the best save percentage of his career a .922. 10 seasons prior to having the best year of his life in net for the Devils, Brodeur set a career record in GAA of 1.88 in the 1996-97 campaign.
As career success goes so does the accolades and for Brodeur he’s had the fortune of taking home some of best pieces of hardware which he has gone on to do many times over his prestigious career.
He was also known as the goalie that lost his idol in Roy during at the NHL’s grandest stage during the 2001 Stanley Cup Finals were # 33 bested him in 7 games at Pepsi Center and the final score of that contest was 3-1 Avalanche.
Vezina: 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008
Jennings Trophy: 1997, 1998, 2003, 2004, and 2010
World Cup Of Hockey Champion: 2004
Olympic Gold: 2002 and 2010
Stanley Cups: 1995, 2000, and 2003
#2 Patrick Roy
For us right now, Roy is the 2nd best goalie to man the pipes all time behind Brodeur. He was known throughout the league during his career as the master while Brodeur was the understudy.
Roy was drafted further down in the line in the 3rd round at 51st overall in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreál Canadiéns from Granby Bisons of the QMJHL.
Like Brodeur, Roy also went on to have a great NHL career while backstopping the net for the Canadiéns and Avalanche.
Between both clubs he dressed for, he played in a total of 1,029 games and won 551 of them, recorded 315 losses, 131 ties, and registered 66 shutouts. His 66 SO’s has him ranked in the top 20 lifetime among goalies.
The best season in Roy’s career took place during the 1996-97 campaign as he went 38-15-7. His best year he had in save percentage, GAA, and shutouts was in the year after he won his 4th cup in 2001-02 at .925, 1.94, and 9 SO’s.
He would also go after his playing career was over and work behind the bench with the Quebec Remparts (Remparts de Québec) and Colorado Avalanche as Head Coach. For Roy his success was most suited as being the last line defense in net for Montréal and Colorado.
Conn Symth: 1986 and 1993 with MTL and 2001 as an Avalanche
Jennings Trophy: 1987, 1988, 1989, and 1992 with Mantréal, and 2002 with Colorado
Vezina: 1989, 1990, 1992
Stanley Cups: 1986 and 1993 as a Canadiéns and the 1996 and 2001 as an Avalanche
#3 Terry Sawchuck
Sawchuck was one of the many Ukrainian-Canadian born hockey players along with Dave Andreychuk, Wayne Gretzky, Jordin Tootoo, Dale Hawerchuk, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Eddie Shack, and Joffrey Lupul to play in the NHL. He was also an undrafted player in the league.
With us he ranks 3rd all time among the greatest goalies between the pipes in the NHL. He had a great career with the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Los Angeles Kings.
Sawchuck and Fleury have something in common as they both participated in an expansion draft with another NHL club. With Sawchuk he was the Kings first overall selection of the franchise when the league doubled in size to 12 teams in 1967.
He completed he career having played in 974 games, recorded 447 victories, 330 losses, 172 ties, and had 103 shutouts which has him ranked at 2nd all time among NHL goaltenders.
His best season that he had was the 1950-51 campaign where he went 44-13-13. At the time of his career they did not record save percentage. However just two straight seasons later, he posted a 1.90 GAA which was he best lifetime in net.
For Sawchuk, he was the last Leafs goalie to lead them to a Stanley Cup before the 1967 expansion era.
Lester Patrick Trophy: 1971
Vezina: 1952, 1953, 1955, and 1965
Stanley Cups: 1952, 1954, and 1955 with Detroit and 1967 as a Leaf
#4 Jacques Plante
Plante will always be known in NHL history as one of the first and pioneers of the game in which goalies started wearing masks to protect their faces from getting hit by pucks.
As an undrafted goaltender in the NHL, Plante laced the skates up and backstopped the net for Montréal, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, and WHA’s Edmonton Oilers.
The Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel, Quebec native played in 837 NHL games over the course of his career that led him to 437 wins, 246 losses, 145 ties, and 82 shutouts.
His 82 SO’s is ranked in the top 5 among the greats the wear the pads. He also played in 31 games with WHA’s Oilers where he posted a 15-14-1 record.
Due to the NHL not recording save percentages when he played, Plante had a career best in GAA of 1.86 during the 1955-56 campaign. That same year thru 1959 Plante recorded 9 shutouts three straight seasons.
He is the third goalie on our list to have played for a NHL Expansion team like Sawchuk and Fleury.
His success on the ice has led Plante to capture some serious NHL hardware over the span of 19 seasons in the NHL/WHA.
Hart Memorial Trophy: 1962
Vezina: 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, and 1969
Stanley Cups: 1953, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, and 1960 (All with Montréal)
#5 Grant Fuhr
Fuhr at #5 on our list was originally selected in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1st round that year at 8th overall.
He’s had the great fortune in playing with some elite tier talent players as a member of the Oilers in Gretzky, Mark Messier, Glenn Anderson, Paul Coffey, and Craig MacTavish.
In 20 seasons in the NHL, the Spruce Grove, Alberta native played backstopper in 868 games with the Oilers, Leafs, Sabres, Kings, Blues, and Calgary Flames.
He won 403 of those games, recorded 295 losses, 114 ties, and 25 shutouts. Fuhr became the first Oilers goalie in club history to led them to their first ever Stanley Cup in 1984.
His best season came in year 7 with the Oilers as he posted a 40-24-9 record. In that same year, he led the Oilers to their third Stanley Cup in franchise history.
During the 1995-96 campaign, Fuhr posted his career best in save percentage as a member of the Los Angeles Kings at .903. Later in his career he would record the best ever GAA of 2.44 with the Blues organization.
Canada Cup: 1984 and 1987
Jennings Trophy: 1994 (Shared with Dominik Hasek)
Stanley Cups: 1984, 1985, 1987, and 1988 as a starter, then in 1990 as Bill Ranford‘s backup
#6 Chris Osgood
Selected in the 3rd round at 54th overall by the Red Wings in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft Osgood spent 16 seasons in the league playing for Detroit, New York Islanders, and St. Louis Blues.
Over that span he played in 744 games and was the 12th goalie to the 400 and over club at 401 wins, with 216 losses, 95 ties, and 50 shutouts.
Osgood had the chance to play with Steve Yzerman, Sergei Fedorov, Niklas Lidstrom, Brendan Shanahan, and Tomas Holmstrom who are all Stanley Cup Champions like him when they were teammates in Detroit.
Playing in Detroit, he was the first netminder since Sawhcuk to capture 2 Stanley Cups 10 years apart in 1998 and 2008.
His best season wearing the Wing Wheel sweater was in the 1995-96 campaign as he posted a 39-6-5 record. The prior season he registered a career best in save percentage at .917.
The year he helped the Red Wings capture their 11th Stanley Cup in club history, Osgood had a GAA best of 2.09.
He was also their last goalie to led the franchise to a cup. The following year, Osgood lost in the 2009 Stanley Cup Final to Fleury in a 7 game series at “The Joe” by a 2-1 final.
Jennings Trophy: 1996 with Mike Vernon and 2008 with Hasek
Stanley Cups: 1997, 1998, and 2008 all with Detroit
#7 Marc-André Fleury
Fleury is only goaltender on our list to be selected 1st overall in the NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins back in 2003. He was also be drafted later in his career by the Golden Knights at 29th overall in last year’s Vegas Draft at T-Mobile Arena.
In 728 games in the NHL between Vegas and Pittsburgh, Fleury recorded his 400th win against the Flyers last night in a 3-2 victory for the Golden Knights. Also in that span with Pittsburgh and Vegas, Fleury has 225 losses to his credit, 71 ties as a member of the Penguins, and 47 shutouts between the two clubs.
His best season was back during the 2011-12 campaign where he posted a 42-17-14 record. However, with the Golden Knights he’s having a bit of a renaissance campiagn between the pipes as he currently has a .930 save percentage which a record for him and the best GAA of his career at 2.15.
The Golden Knights are the odd on favorites to capture the 2018 Stanley Cup in their first year in the NHL. According to VegasInsider.com they are 9/4 to win the Western Conference and 13/2 tied with the Bruins to capture this years cup.
Currently they are sitting in really good position in the Pacific Division standings at 95 points with a 45-19-5 record. Fleury has also mentioned that he wants to win another cup in his career.
For the Golden Knights organization and their fans can Fleury become the first goaltender to lead the newest franchise in the NHL to its first ever Stanley Cup, we are all going to find out when the playoffs unfold in April.
Olympic Gold: 2010
Stanley Cups: 2009, 2016, and 2017 all with Pittsburgh