Welcome to Center Ice Chat’s Top 5, an irregular series counting off performances by position this season. Today, we introduce where the success is in the crease so far. The standings here reflect fantastic talent who are paid, trained, and expected to excel even beyond what they have already. They’re on decent or below par clubs not expected to go all the way. These goalies have helped their teams, or at least attempted to, despite the lack of talent performing up front.
5. Al Montoya
He probably wouldn’t have had as much success without the oft-injured Rick DiPietro. But luckily, for Montoya, the oft-injured goalie once again suffered an injury.
In four games, the Chicago native has stepped up to the task of shutting down the opposition. Holding onto a 2-2 record with a 2.02 GAA is more than enough to deserve high marks in the goalie run-down.
4. Corey Crawford
If sophomore slumps are for real, they haven’t shaken the second-year Chicago Blackhawks goaltender. Core...