Best of the Elders: Top two Goalies over 32
By Joe Borek (@jjborek26)
The talk of the day is always about the great young talent coming into the game. Not that it should not be, but we must as fans not forget the ones who motivated the young upcoming netminders to be what they are today. In this article, we will go over the top two goalies in the league above the age of 31. Do you agree? If not, let me know in the comments and let me know who you would rank one and two.
1. Marc-Andre Fleury
The always loveable Flower comes in at number one not only because of his cup-winning experience but because of his enhanced Goat status since flourishing in Vegas at an elder in terms of hockey age. Maybe he will be the new expansion teams, The Kraken’s savior, just as he has been for the Knights; who knows. The Flower did allow four goals in a 5-4 win over the Ducks but still looked solid, and it was his first somewhat off performance. He is a beast among the goaltenders in the league regardless and league leaders in key stats. His save percentage is a great .920 with a pitcher’s ERA level of a goal against a 1.81. Oh, yea, he is 5-0 also, so yes, nothing is slowing down this 36-year-old. Fleury, if he keeps playing at this rate, can easily play bat 40 and very successfully. His longevity and continued success align him at number one.
2. Tukka Rask
Not coming in at one, but a very close second is Bruins netminder Rask. He is not off to as hot of a start as Fleury, but in part to the new regime defense in Boston that he is still building chemistry with. Don’t worry, Boston fans. Your already great team will get even better once Rask returns to complete the form and especially if they add to the defense as well. With Rask in the net and the Bruins’ great special teams, they will give the Flyers a real run for their money for the division crown. Thus far, Rask is 5-1 with a good goal against a 2.36. So you ask, how he is not off to as good of a start? His save percentage is the answer. He is way down at .898 at only 33 years of age than Flowers’s better number while being three years older. His career saves a .922, so do not expect Rask to be down in the 800s for long. For now, however, his slower start at 33 compared to Fleury’s great start at 36 is what puts Rask second instead of first on the list
So there you have it, the top two goalies above 32 years of age. Do you agree? If not, who are your top two and why? Let me know in the comments or over on Twitter @jjborek26. Thanks for the read all. Stay safe and enjoy the hockey.