Don’t sleep on backup goalies is right. The life of an NHL goalie is very tough as it is an often criticized position. Well, it is even rougher for backup goalies who endure the same criticism even though they are not as in a groove since they are of course the backup goalie. It is tough to just come into a game and perform at the highest level. This is what backup goalies do every day their name is called. So without further ado, let us get into who the top three backup goalies are in the NHL this season thus far.
Backup Goalies Ranked 3-1
The number three backup goalie in our backup goalies ranking is Malcolm Subban of the Chicago Blackhawks. He did get roughed up recently by the Detroit Red Wings but that was one of the worst games overall the Hawks played all season. In other words, they did not protect their goalie well. Otherwise, he deserves to be praised for his start to this season thus far.
He would surely be considered a backup goalie too only playing six games. In those six games, he has finally emerged and become a steady backup for the Hawks. On the season Subban has a 2.6 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage. So obviously safe to say he’s been keeping his team in games. Subban is a perfect backup if he can continue to play like this to now young starter Kevin Lankinen since when called upon he steps up but if Lankinen keeps his play up Subban is just going to get old-school backup goalie minutes.
Number Two Backup Goalie
The number two backup goalie on our list is a former all-star. He is the Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick who has now taken a back seat to youngster Calvin Petersen. Quick has played in 10 games and has a birthday shut out on his belt this year. It is clear however that the young Petersen is emerging as the future starter.
The two-time Cup and Jennings winner though seems perfectly content being a top backup in the league. He might play only five to ten games less than Petersen in the end but when you watch the kid you just see the writing on the wall his time as a full-time starter is over. In his mid-30s that is better for Quick.
The lesser play has made Quick turn back the clock for the Kings this season and become an elite backup goalie. Hats off to Quick for becoming a great leader in the room and performing top-notch as well in his new role. Quick on the season has a 2.85 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage.
Backup Goalies Top Man
The top backup goalie on the season thus far is non-other than the Philadelphia Flyers. Brian Elliott has actually outplayed the Flyers’ young budding goalie Carter Hart thus far this season. He has been on fire and many Flyers fans have to be yelling Moose in their homes.
Hart even while struggling early is still clearly the starter in Philadelphia and anyone who doubts that should just re-watch the game against the Buffalo Sabres from today. Elliott however, has emerged as the top backup goalie thus far in the league, and it’s not close. His stats are amazing thus far. Elliott has a 2.03 goals-against average with a whopping .931 save percentage in eight games played. He is hot and shows no signs of cooling off. Look out for the moose!
Top Thee Backup Goalies Conclusion
So there you have it the top three backup goalies in the NHL this season thus far. Subban has been great besides one bad game by the full team. Quick is now taking a back seat to an emerging young stud in Petersen. When called on though Quick is still money when it counts. Elliott has been on fire and then some this season thus far.
All three of these goalies mentioned above deserve praise as does Petersen who has emerged as the starter in Los Angeles. Hope you all enjoyed the article. Do you agree? Let us know in the comments who you think the top backup goalies are.
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