5. Connor Hellbuyck

As of this writing, Connor Hellbuyck is the best American Goalie in the game of hockey, which is a statement that many would not have seen coming in 2015.

 

A former Frozen Four participant at UMass-Lowell, Hellbucyk did not come to the pro ranks with high expectations upon him.  Turning pro in 2014, Hellbucyk cut his teeth in the American Hockey League before he was called up to replace an injured Ondrej Pavelec.  He did well, and he was named the Jets’ first-string Goalie in 2016. 

Hellbuyck broke out in 2017-18 with a 44-Win season, setting a record for American Goalies.  He finished first in Goalie Point shares (14.0) and was the runner-up for the Vezina behind Nashville’s Pekka Rinne.  After an exhausting 2018-19 where he was bombarded with a league-leading 2,051 Shots, he was a beast again in 2019-20 winning the Vezina with a 2.57 GAA.  His Vezina win was the first by any Jet.

Hellbuyck is on target to claim the top spot on this list soon.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Goalie
  • Acquired: Selected in the 5th Round, 130th Overall in the NHL Draft 6/23/12.
  • Games Played: 270
  • Notable Statistics:

    148 Wins
    85 Losses
    22 Ties
    20 Shutouts
    2.64 GAA
    .917 Save Percentage
    30.3 Point Shares 
    12-15 Playoff Record 2.53 GAA

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Vezina Trophy (2020)
    First Team All-Star (2020)
    Second Team All-Star (2018)
    All-Star (2018 & 2020)
    Most Games Played by a Goalie (2017-18 & 2019-20)
    Most Wins (2017-18)
    Most Saves (2018-19 & 2019-20)
    Most Shutouts (2019-20)
    Most Minutes Played (2017-18)
    Most Goalie Point Shares (2017-18 & 2019-20)
    Most Point Shares (2017-18)

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