Today, we’re ranking Las Vegas Golden Knights goalies from worst to best. Who do you think will come out on top?
#5 Robin Lehner
Robin Lehner has always seemed like the wrong choice for the Las Vegas Golden Knights. Not only is that evident by his abysmal record as a starter in the playoffs, but also due to how often his teammates outplayed him. For example, Lehner was sparsely seen as a starter in the 2021 playoffs, leaving Marc-Andre Fleury to carry the load. Lehner was 1-2 that year in the playoffs as a starter and let 11 goals get by him.
Marc-Andre Fleury ended up starting 16 straight playoff games for Las Vegas before the team was eventually knocked out by the Montreal Canadian in a fiery series. Despite various mistakes being made throughout those games, it always seemed like Lehner being unavailable was the worst one. He needed to be out there but choked at every opportunity.
Lehner is not proving himself as an elite talent and is becoming injury prone. Furthermore, he decided to have season-ending shoulder surgery, leaving The Knights without their supposed star. Why The Golden Knights kept him when Fleury was still available is beyond comprehension. Vegas made a mistake by not realizing what caliber of goalie they had in the net with Fleury.
#4 Michael Hutchinson
Michael Hutchinson is a mixed bag that has some potential to boost this goalie rotation. His career stats stand at 55 victories, 55 losses, 338 goals against, and a GAA of 2.73. On the other hand, he had a GAA of 4.57 in 2021 and went 0-1 as a starter. Those aren’t great numbers and could be a sign that he is declining in performance. It could also be a good indicator that he is better off in a backup role for the group.
Although Hutchinson hasn’t started more than ten games in seven years, he could be utilized in certain situations. For example, if the Golden Knights manage to get a wide lead, they could bring in Hutchinson. He could then act as a sort of finisher. Or even as a relief to save another goalie for another period. It depends on what Bruce Cassidy wants to do differently as head coach.
#3 Adin Hill. The man with everything to prove!
While Adin Hill might not be a top-tier goalie, he still adds depth to a team that is in need of it. Remember, Laurent Brossoit is expected to miss the opening games of the season due to injury, leaving starting duties on Logan Thompson. Having Hill in the rotation could be a great way to relieve Thompson when needed. It might also serve to set the rotation moving forward.
Furthermore, with Bruce Cassidy needing to get results to justify his position, he could end up starting on occasion. Hill has a GAA of 2.74 and only allowed 181 goals his entire NHL career. Those are some pretty solid numbers for a middle-of-the-road goalie.
#2 Laurent Brossoit
Another mixed bag is Laurent Brossoit, who will miss the beginning of the season due to an injury. Hutchinson and Hill will have to adjust quickly and fill the hole left by Brossoit. Once Brossoit returns, he will need to justify his place in the lineup or risk getting replaced by the new regime.
Brossoit had ten wins, nine losses, and a 2.90 GAA in 2021. Between those lackluster numbers and his inability to perform in overtime, it’s difficult to rank him higher. Thompson might not have as much experience, but he has already proven more consistent.
#1 Logan Thompson
If you’re ranking Las Vegas Golden Knights goalies, there’s only one person who can be on top- Logan Thompson. How can a third-year goalie be the best the Las Vegas Golden Knights have to offer? While a lot of it has to do with injuries and lack of available talent, his numbers also play a role. Thompson had a pretty good season last year, racking up a 10-5 record. He totaled three overtime losses, 569 goals, 49 goals against, and a goal against average of 2.68. He was the only shining light Las Vegas had to offer last season.