The backbone of any hockey team is the goalie. Since outscoring your opponent is the key to victory, preventing goals is the best way to achieve success. Some of the best goalies of the past 30 years have become all-timers, winning titles on the strength of their goaltending with Patrick Roy, Martin Brodeur, and Marc-André Fleury standing out from the lot.
Below, you will find all the NHL 23 best goalies by overall rating. Each goalie will also have information on their contracts and attributes. You can also check out our list of the best grinders in NHL 23.
1. Andrei Vasilevskiy (94 OVR)
Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Salary: $9.500M (6 Years)
Best Attributes: 95 Five Hole, 95 Stick Low, 95 Rebound Control
The best goalie in NHL 23 is the Lightning’s Andre Vasilevskiy. Vasilevskiy is the only goalie who has a 95 rating in any attribute, and he has five attributes at 95: Five Hole, Glove Low, Stick Low, Rebound Control and Recover. To top it off, his Reflexes attributes are all 92 to 95. He also has good Athletic ratings with 93 Vision, 92 Aggressiveness, Agility, and Speed, and 86 Durability with 85 Endurance.
The 28-year-old is somehow already entering his ninth year in net for Tampa Bay, standing out as one of the best goalies in the game. The anchor behind their consecutive Stanley Cup titles and three consecutive Stanley Cup Finals appearances started and played 63 games in 2021-2022. He allowed 156 goals for a save percentage of .916 and 2.49 goals against average (GAA). He won the Vezina Trophy in 2018-2019 as the best goalie in the league and the Conn Smythe Trophy in the 2021 playoffs for being the playoff Most Valuable Player.
2. Igor Shesterkin (92 OVR)
Team: New York Rangers
Salary: $5.665M (3 Years)
Best Attributes: 94 Five Hole, 94 Stick Low, 93 Glove Low
The reigning Vezina Trophy winner, Igor Shesterkin comes in just behind Vasilevskiy as the second-best goaltender in NHL 23. Shesterkin possesses 94 Five Hole, 94 Stick Low, 93 Glove Low, 92 Angles and Breakaway, and 90 Glove High and Stick High to make him a bulwark in net. Additionally, he has 93 Rebound Control and Recover, making second-chance opportunities less likely to succeed. He packs good Athletic ratings with 92 Aggressiveness, 92 Agility, 92 Speed, and 92 Vision.
The fourth-year goalie for an Original Six in the Rangers looks to repeat as Vezina Trophy winner in 2022-2023 and lead New York back to the playoffs. Shesterkin played 53 games (starting 52) and allowed 106 goals for a save percentage of .935 and 2.07 GAA.
3. Jacob Markstrom (90 OVR)
Team: Calgary Flames
Salary: $6.000M (4 Years)
Best Attributes: 93 Recover, 92 Stick Low, 91 Angles
Jacob Markstrom is one of the three remaining goalies rated 90 OVR. The goalie for Calgary has a good number of attributes in the 90s, including 93 Recover, 92 Stick Low, 91 Angles, 91 Five Hole, 91 Glove Low, 91 Rebound Control, and 91 Vision. To help contextualize things, some of his lowest attributes are 81 Puck Playing Freq., and 84 Passing, which are fine in the grand scheme of things. So Markstrom has few weaknesses and is well-rounded.
The 32-year-old veteran entering season 14 is a one-time All-Star. He has a career save percentage of .912 and 2.69 GAA. In 2021-2022, Markstrom recorded a save percentage of .922 and 2.22 GAA, his first in CalgaryThe l.
4. Connor Hellebuyck (90 OVR)
Team: Winnipeg Jets
Salary: $6.167M (2 Years)
Best Attributes: 92 Rebound Control, 92 Recover, 91 Vision
The long-time goalie for the Winnipeg Jets, Connor Hellebuyck is another great option to man the goal. His best attributes are his 92 Rebound Control and Recover, and a bevy of attributes rated 91: Angles, Five Hole, Glove Low, Stick Low, and Vision. No attributes fall below 85, but nothing exceeds 92, making for a compact seven-point difference in Hellebuyck’s best and “worst” attributes.
Hellebuyck is entering his eighth year in Winnipeg. During the 2021-2022 season, Hellebuyck recorded a .910 save percentage in allowing 193 goals for a 2.97 GAA. However, that’s nearly three-tenths of a point higher than his career 2.69 GAA. Hellebuyck is a two-time All-Star and the 2019-2020 Vezina Trophy winner.
5. John Gibson (90 OVR)
Team: Anaheim Ducks
Salary: $6.400M (5 Years)
Best Attributes: 93 Recover, 92 Rebound Control, 91 Glove Low
29-year-old John Gibson hopes to lead Anaheim to their first Stanley Cup Finals since 2007, when they won their first and only Stanley Cup in the franchise’s second appearance. Gibson is solid in net with 93 Recover and 92 Rebound Control, making him adept at playing pucks off of a rebound save and maintaining his poise, aided by his 90 Poise. Gibson also has 91 Angles, 91 Glove Low, and 91 Sick Low. He rounds it off by possessing 90 in Breakaway, Five Hole, Glove High, Stick High, Aggressiveness, Agility, and Vision.
Gibson is entering his tenth season in Anaheim, though he still qualified enough to be placed on the 2015-2016 All-Rookie Team. In 2021-2022, Gibson allowed 172 goals for a .904 save percentage and 3.19 GAA. For his career, Gibson has allowed 968 goals for a .915 save percentage and 2.67 GAA, making 2021-2022 a big outlier, nearly a full two-tenths of a point worse than his previous low GAA of 3.00 during the 2019-2020 season (due to the start of the COVID pandemic).
6. Juuse Saros (89 OVR)
Team: Nashville Predators
Salary: $5.000M (3 Years)
Best Attributes: 93 Stick Low, 92 Agility, 92 Recover
Juuse Saros of Nashville is the first goalie on this list of NHL 23 best goalies ranking a little below 90 OVR. Saros possesses 93 Stick Low, 92 Agility, 92 Speed, 92 Recover, 92 Rebound Control, 92 Angles, and 92 Five Hole. His other attributes rated at least 90 are his 90 Aggressiveness and Vision.
Saros allowed 173 goals for a .918 save percentage and 2.64 GAA during the 2021-2022 season. Entering his eighth season in Nashville, the goalie boasts of career statistics of 535 total goals allowed, a .920 save percentage, and 2.53 GAA. He was named to the 2017-2018 All-Rookie team.
7. Frederick Andersen (89 OVR)
Team: Carolina Hurricanes
Salary: $4.5M (1 Year)
Best Attributes: 92 Rebound Control, 91 Five Hole, 91 Stick Low
Frederick Andersen hopes to take a Carolina team that many view as a favorite heading into the 2022-2023 season all the way to a Stanley Cup victory. Andersen has 92 Rebound Control, 91 Five Hole, 91 Stick Low, 91 Recover, 90 Angles, 90 Glove Low, and 90 Vision. Aside from Passing and Puck Playing Freq., Andersen’s other attributes are between 85 and 89. Which explains him making it to this best goalies list.
The 32-year-old is entering his tenth season in the NHL and second in Carolina. During the 2021-2022 season, Andersen allowed 111 goals for a save percentage of .922 and a 2.17 GAA. The two-time winner of the Jennings Trophy has career totals of allowing 1,109 goals, a .916 save percentage, and 2.59 GAA.
All of the best goalies in NHL 23
Below, you will find the best goalies in NHL 23 by overall rating. Also included in the table are information on their salaries and best attributes.
|Andrei Vasilevskiy||94||28||Hybrid||Left||Tampa Bay Lightning||$9.500M (6 Years)||95 Five Hole, 95 Stick Low, 95 Rebound Control|
|Igor Shesterkin||92||26||Hybrid||Left||New York Rangers||$5.665M (3 Years)||94 Five Hole, 94 Stick Low, 93 Glove Low|
|Connor Hellebuyck||90||29||Hybrid||Left||Winnipeg Jets||$6.165M (2 Years)||92 Rebound Control, 92 Recover, 91 Vision|
|Jacob Markstrom||90||32||Hybrid||Left||Calgary Flames||$6.000M (4 Years)||93 Recover, 92 Stick Low, 91 Angles|
|John Gibson||90||29||Hybrid||Left||Anaheim Ducks||$6.400M (5 Years)||93 Recover, 92 Rebound Control, 91 Glove Low|
|Juuse Saros||89||27||Hybrid||Left||Nashville Predators||$5.000M (3 Years)||93 Stick Low, 92 Agility, 92 Recover|
|Frederik Andersen||89||32||Hybrid||Left||Carolina Hurricanes||$4.325M (1 Year)||92 Rebound Control, 91 Five Hole, 91 Stick Low|
|Thatcher Demko||89||26||Hybrid||Left||Vancouver Canucks||$5.000M (4 Years)||92 Stick Low, 92 Glove Low, 91 Rebound Control)|
|Sergei Bobrovsky||88||33||Hybrid||Left||Florida Panthers||$9.615M (4 Years)||91 Five Hole, 91 Stick Low, 90 Poise|
|Ilya Sorokin||88||27||Hybrid||Left||New York Islanders||$4.000M (2 Years)||91 Five Hole, 91 Stick Low, 91 Rebound Control|
|Tristan Jarry||87||27||Hybrid||Left||Pittsburgh Penguins||$3.395M (1 Year)||89 Angles, 89 Vision, 89 Breakaway|
|Marc-André Fleury||87||37||Hybrid||Left||Minnesota Wild||$3.500M (2 Years)||90 Breakaway, 90 Poise, 90 Vision|
|Semyon Varlamaov||86||34||Hybrid||Left||New York Islanders||$5.000M (1 Year)||89 Glove Low, 89 Agility, 89 Speed|
|Darcy Kuemper||86||32||Hybrid||Left||Washington Capitals||$4.910M (5 Years)||90 Agility, 90 Speed, 89 Angles|
|Jake Oettinger||86||23||Hybrid||Left||Dallas Stars||$4.000M (3 Years)||90 Agility, 90 Speed, 89 Glove Low|
Now you know all of the best goalies in NHL 23. Which goalie will you put in net for your team?
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