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Sergei Bobrovsky, FLA -- Signing with the Florida Panthers will benefit Bobrovsky, who will play behind a stronger forward group than he would have had if he stayed with the Columbus Blue Jackets considering elite left wing Artemi Panarin and Matt Duchene left in free agency. Bobrovsky is a clear top five goalie entering this season and could match his 37 wins and nine shutouts from last season if the Panthers take the next step. Bobrovsky's goals-against average should improve (2.58 last season) behind what should be an improved defense under new coach Joel Quenneville.
Florida also had the second best power play (26.8 percent) last season and should provide Bobrovsky with plenty of goal support with high-scoring forwards Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau, Mike Hoffman, Evgenii Dadonov and defenseman Keith Yandle. Columbus goalies Joonas Korpisalo and rookie Elvis Merzlikins could be worth targeting separately in late rounds since it's unclear how their time will be split this season.
Antti Raanta and Darcy Kuemper, ARI -- The Coyotes are the only team with two goalies in the top 25. Kuemper had a 2.33 GAA, .925 SV% and five shutouts in 55 games last season filling in for the injured Raanta. If healthy, Raanta could see more than half of the starts this season after he went 21-17-6 with a 2.24 GAA, .930 SV% and three shutouts in 47 games in 2017-18 but was limited to 12 games last season. Arizona also should see an uptick in offense after trading for elite right wing Phil Kessel. Raanta should be selected higher than Kuemper in drafts, but his injury risk and the fact that Kuemper played so well last season help the latter's case for a late-round flier.
Semyon Varlamov, NYI -- After splitting time and eventually getting supplanted by Philipp Grubauer with the Colorado Avalanche, Varlamov's fantasy stock is on the rise after signing a four-year contact with the New York Islanders on July 1. He will likely begin the season as the No. 1 goalie ahead of Thomas Greiss and has more fantasy appeal than Robin Lehner, whom he replaced after Lehner signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Varlamov has a ceiling of being a top-10 fantasy goalie, especially with the Islanders, who allowed the fewest goals in the NHL last season (191). Varlamov, who hasn't started more than 50 games in the past three seasons and hasn't had at least 30 wins since 2013-14 (41), should see increases across the board from last season's numbers of 20 wins, a 2.87 GAA, .909 save percentage and two shutouts.
FANTASY TOP 25 GOALIE RANKINGS
Standard goalie categories include wins, goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts. Value has been quantified based on factors including but not limited to past production, team goalie situations, anticipated start volume, projected goal support (or lack thereof), injury history, sleeper, bounce-back or breakout potential, anticipated regression, age and contract status (UFA: *; RFA: **). INJ. indicates player with injury concern for next season.
1. Ben Bishop, DAL (SAME)
2. Andrei Vasilevskiy, TBL (SAME)
3. Sergei Bobrovsky, FLA (+5)
4. Marc-Andre Fleury, VGK (-1)
5. Tuukka Rask, BOS (-1)
6. Frederik Andersen, TOR (+1)
7. Pekka Rinne, NSH (+2)
8. Carey Price, MTL (-3)
9. Jordan Binnington, STL (-3)
10. John Gibson, ANA (SAME)
11. Braden Holtby, WSH (SAME)
12. Matt Murray, PIT (SAME)
13. Carter Hart, PHI (SAME)
14. Philipp Grubauer, COL (SAME)
15. Connor Hellebuyck, WPG (SAME)
16. Martin Jones, SJS (SAME)
17. Antti Raanta, ARI (+1; INJ.)
18. Henrik Lundqvist, NYR (+4)
19. Semyon Varlamov, NYI (NEW)
20. Devan Dubnyk, MIN (-1)
21. Corey Crawford, CHI (-4)
22. Thomas Greiss, NYI (-1)
23. Darcy Kuemper, ARI (NEW)
24. David Rittich, CGY** (SAME)
25. Petr Mrazek, CAR (NEW)
Dropped out: Robin Lehner, CHI; Jacob Markstrom, VAN; Mackenzie Blackwood, NJD
Just missed: Cory Schneider, NJD; Jonathan Quick, LAK; Jimmy Howard, DET; Mike Smith, EDM; Juuse Saros, NSH; Mikko Koskinen, EDM; Alexandar Georgiev, NYR; Elvis Merzlikins, CBJ
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