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Top 40 Goalies Dominik Hasek is back in net for the Red Wings, but Martin Brodeur of the Cup-champion Devils is rated No. 1 by SI's Pierre McGuire

Oct. 13, 2003
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Top 40 Goalies Dominik Hasek is back in net for the Red Wings, but Martin Brodeur of the Cup-champion Devils is rated No. 1 by SI's Pierre McGuire

1 MARTIN BRODEUR
Devils
AGE: 31
41-23-9, 2.02, .914*
[performance is expected to improve]

This is an article from the Oct. 13, 2003 issue

STRENGTHS: Best puckhandling goalie in the game; outstanding
technique.

WEAKNESS: Sometimes exposes the five hole too early.

2 DOMINIK HASEK
Red Wings
AGE: 38
Did Not Play
[performance is expected to remain the same]

STRENGTHS: Acrobatic and flexible; makes the big saves when
needed.

WEAKNESS: Nearing 40 and idle for a year, his reflexes are a
concern.

3 MARTY TURCO
Stars
AGE: 28
31-10-10, 1.72, .932
[performance is expected to improve]

STRENGTHS: Excellent reflexes; terrific skater handles the puck
almost as well as Brodeur.

WEAKNESS: Gambles too much when playing the puck near his crease.

4 NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN
Lightning
AGE: 30
30-22-11, 2.47, .911
[performance is expected to remain the same]

STRENGTHS: Outstanding positioning; patience forces shooters to
make the first move.

WEAKNESS: Sometimes loses focus in key situations.

5 ED BELFOUR
Maple Leafs
AGE: 38
37-20-5, 2.26, .922
[performance is expected to remain the same]

STRENGTHS: Reads the play well; takes away the lower part of the
net.

WEAKNESS: Can be beaten high to the glove side, especially on
rebounds.

6 J.S. GIGUERE
Mighty Ducks
AGE: 26
34-22-6, 2.30, .920
[performance is expected to improve]

STRENGTHS: Always in position because of superior technique;
physically imposing in uniform.

WEAKNESS: Can be beaten to his glove hand.

7 ROBERTO LUONGO
Panthers
AGE: 23
20-34-7, 2.71, .918
[performance is expected to improve]

STRENGTHS: Combines a big body (6'3", 205 pounds) with remarkable
quickness.

WEAKNESS: Positioning--needs to be more square to shooters.

8 JOSE THEODORE
Canadiens
AGE: 27
20-31-6, 2.90, .908
[performance is expected to improve]

STRENGTHS: Extremely quick; anticipates the play very well.

WEAKNESS: Sometimes goes down early, making him vulnerable to
high shots.

9 EVGENI NABOKOV
Sharks
AGE: 28
19-28-8, 2.71, .906
[performance is expected to improve]

STRENGTHS: Shots hit him because of his positioning; excellent
glove hand.

WEAKNESS: Prone to allowing soft goals despite appearing to be in
position to stop them.

10 PATRICK LALIME
Senators
AGE: 29
39-20-7, 2.16, .911
[performance is expected to improve]

STRENGTHS: Fights through traffic to see pucks; directs rebounds
away from the slot and out of danger.

WEAKNESS: Puckhandling ability.

11 OLAF KOLZIG
Capitals
AGE: 33
33-25-6, 2.40, .919
[performance is expected to drop off]

STRENGTHS: A big man (6'3") who aggressively challenges shooters;
uses his stick smartly to break up plays.

WEAKNESS: Does not control rebounds well.

12 CURTIS JOSEPH
Red Wings
AGE: 36
34-19-6, 2.49, .912
[performance is expected to drop off]

STRENGTHS: Quickness; particularly sharp early in games.

WEAKNESS: Gambles too much, especially when playing the puck.

13 JEFF HACKETT
Flyers
AGE: 35
15-17-2, 2.86, .911
[performance is expected to remain the same]

STRENGTHS: Reads the play well, seldom gets caught out of
position; controls rebounds.

WEAKNESS: Gets thrown off his game when he's jostled around the
net.

14 SEAN BURKE
Coyotes
AGE: 36
12-6-2, 2.12, .930
[performance is expected to drop off]

STRENGTHS: Rarely allows soft goals; good positioning.

WEAKNESSES: Gives up rebounds in the slot after making the
initial save; prone to injury.

15 TOMMY SALO
Oilers
AGE: 32
29-27-8, 2.71, .899
[performance is expected to remain the same]

STRENGTH: Stays square to the shooter and plays angles well.

WEAKNESSES: Can get easily rattled; allows too many soft goals.

16 ROMAN CECHMANEK
Kings
AGE: 32
33-15-10, 1.83, .925
[performance is expected to remain the same]

STRENGTH: Most aggressive netminder in the game--he loves to
challenge shooters.

WEAKNESSES: Gets caught out of position too often; has flamed
out in playoffs.

17 CHRIS OSGOOD
Blues
AGE: 30
21-17-6, 2.95, .892
[performance is expected to drop off]

STRENGTHS: Good lateral movement; bounces back after poor plays.

WEAKNESS: Too passive in the crease--gets pushed around a lot.

18 MARTIN BIRON
Sabres
AGE: 26
17-28-6, 2.56, .908
[performance is expected to improve]

STRENGTH: Outstanding glove hand.

WEAKNESSES: Puckhandling ability is not up to par; allows too
many goals early in games.

19 TOMAS VOKOUN
Predators
AGE: 27
25-31-11, 2.20, .918
[performance is expected to improve]

STRENGTHS: Good positioning; mentally tough and anticipates plays
very well.

WEAKNESS: Puckhandling ability is among the league's worst.

20 JOCELYN THIBAULT
Blackhawks
AGE: 28
26-28-7, 2.37, .915
[performance is expected to remain the same]

STRENGTHS: Controls pucks that rebound off his upper body; takes
away lower part of net.

WEAKNESS: Stamina--starts the season strong but fades under a
heavy workload.

21 MANNY FERNANDEZ
Wild
AGE: 29
19-13-2, 2.24, .924
[performance is expected to improve]

STRENGTH: Among the league's best at controlling rebounds and
keeping them from slot.

WEAKNESS: Vulnerable on shots to the top corners of the net.

22 MIKE DUNHAM
Rangers
AGE: 31
21-26-7, 2.50, .916
[performance is expected to drop off]

STRENGTHS: Very composed in the net; seems to play better when
facing lots of shots.

WEAKNESSES: Puckhandling ability; durability--has been prone to
injuries.

23 JOHN GRAHAME
Lightning
AGE: 28
17-14-6, 2.52, .909
[performance is expected to improve]

STRENGTH: Poise--doesn't get rattled easily.

WEAKNESSES: Durability is questionable; does not battle through
traffic to see initial shots.

24 DAN CLOUTIER
Canucks
AGE: 27
33-16-7, 2.42, .908
[performance is expected to improve]

STRENGTH: Athleticism--has all the tools to excel.

WEAKNESS: Consistency--makes tough saves look routine and routine
saves look tough.

25 ROMAN TUREK
Flames
AGE: 33
27-29-9, 2.57, .902
[performance is expected to drop off]

STRENGTH: Takes away the lower part of the net.

WEAKNESSES: In the past conditioning was not as good as it should
be; yields soft goals at the wrong times.

26 RICK DIPIETRO
Islanders
AGE: 22
2-5-2, 2.97, .894
[performance is expected to improve]

STRENGTHS: Skating and puckhandling ability is similar to Marty
Turco's.

WEAKNESS: Flops too much, taking himself out of position.

27 DWAYNE ROLOSON
Wild
AGE: 34
23-16-8, 2.00, .927
[performance is expected to remain the same]

STRENGTHS: Plays angles well and challenges shooters;
puckhandling ability.

WEAKNESS: Allows too many short-side goals when his positioning
is off.

28 KEVIN WEEKES
Hurricanes
AGE: 28
14-24-9, 2.55, .912
[performance is expected to improve]

STRENGTH: One of the best athletes to play the position.

WEAKNESS: Fundamentals, such as when to challenge the shooter and
when to stay in the net.

29 FELIX POTVIN
Bruins
AGE: 32
17-20-3, 2.66, .894
[performance is expected to drop off]

STRENGTH: Nicknamed the Cat because he has top-notch reflexes.

WEAKNESSES: Plays too deep in the crease; high shots often elude
him.

30 DAVID AEBISCHER
Avalanche
AGE: 25
7-12-0, 2.43, .916
[performance is expected to improve]

STRENGTH: Strict butterflyer who drops down and takes away the
lower part of the net.

WEAKNESS: Opens the five hole too quickly.

31 PASI NURMINEN
Thrashers
AGE: 27
21-19-5, 2.88, .906
[performance is expected to improve]

STRENGTHS: Solid fundamentally; good positioning.

WEAKNESS: Passive in the crease--must challenge shooters more.

32 MARC DENIS
Blue Jackets
AGE: 26
27-41-8, 3.09, .903
[performance is expected to improve]

STRENGTHS: Good quickness moving around the crease; sees the puck
well through traffic.

WEAKNESS: Mental toughness questionable.

33 BYRON DAFOE
Thrashers
AGE: 32
5-11-1, 4.36, .862
[performance is expected to drop off]

STRENGTHS: Acrobatic; good positioning.

WEAKNESSES: Sometimes roams too far from the net; durability--has
been prone to injuries.

34 MANNY LEGACE
Red Wings
AGE: 30
14-5-4, 2.18, .925
[performance is expected to remain the same]

STRENGTHS: Top competitor who excels off the bench in mid-game.

WEAKNESS: At only 5'9" and 162 pounds, can wear down easily.

35 BRENT JOHNSON
Blues
AGE: 26
16-13-5, 2.47, .900
[performance is expected to improve]

STRENGTHS: Good size and mobility; handles the puck well.

WEAKNESS: Positioning--especially when teams attack off the rush.

36 BRIAN BOUCHER
Coyotes
AGE: 26
15-20-8, 3.02, .894
[performance is expected to remain the same]

STRENGTHS: Outstanding glove hand; very quick feet get him out of
trouble.

WEAKNESSES: Prone to allowing soft goals; sometimes is too
impatient.

37 RYAN MILLER
Sabres
AGE: 23
6-8-1, 2.63, .902
[performance is expected to improve]

STRENGTHS: Excellent size (6'2" and 166 pounds) and mobility;
fundamentally sound.

WEAKNESS: Doesn't challenge shooters enough.

38 SEBASTIEN CARON
Penguins
AGE: 23
7-14-2, 2.64, .916
[performance is expected to improve]

STRENGTHS: Side-to-side quickness; reliable glove hand.

WEAKNESS: Lack of strength--gets easily jostled around the
crease.

39 JOHAN HEDBERG
Canucks
AGE: 30
14-22-4, 3.14, .895
[performance is expected to remain the same]

STRENGTHS: Anticipates the play very well; excellent reflexes.

WEAKNESS: Allows too many short-side goals because of poor
positioning.

40 ROBERT ESCHE
Flyers
AGE: 25
12-9-3, 2.20, .907
[performance is expected to remain the same]

STRENGTHS: Poise--doesn't get rattled in big moments despite
being young.

WEAKNESS: Needs to control rebounds better, especially around the
crease.

*Statistics are for the 2002-03 season and represent a
goaltender's record (wins-losses-ties), goals-against average
and save percentage. Arrows denote whether the goaltender's
2003-04 performance is expected to improve, drop off or remain
the same. ROOKIES NOT INCLUDED

SIX COLOR PHOTOS: DAVID E. KLUTHO (6)FOUR COLOR PHOTOS: J. MCISAAC/B. BENNETT STUDIOS (4)FOUR COLOR PHOTOS: LOU CAPOZZOLA (4)FOUR COLOR PHOTOS: ICON SMI (4)FOUR COLOR PHOTOS: BILL WIPPERT (4)TWO COLOR PHOTOS: DILIP VISHWANAT/TSN/ICON SMI (2)COLOR PHOTO: SCOTT AUDETTECOLOR PHOTO: ROBERT BECKCOLOR PHOTO: ANDREW D. BERNSTEINCOLOR PHOTO: DARREN CARROLLCOLOR PHOTO: SHELLY CASTELLANO/ICON SMICOLOR PHOTO: GREG FIUME/NEWSPORTCOLOR PHOTO: FREESTYLE/OSHCCOLOR PHOTO: S. LEVY/B. BENNETT STUDIOSCOLOR PHOTO: D. MACMILLAN/B. BENNETT STUDIOSCOLOR PHOTO: L. MEYER/B. BENNETT STUDIOSCOLOR PHOTO: J. PULVER/B. BENNETT STUDIOSCOLOR PHOTO: SCOTT ROVAK/TSN/ICON SMICOLOR PHOTO: J. RUSSELL/B. BENNETT STUDIOSCOLOR PHOTO: DAMIAN STROHMEYERCOLOR PHOTO: GERRY THOMASCOLOR PHOTO: JEFF VINNICK