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Talbot named one of the NHL’s best goaltenders

On Sunday night, Cam Talbot got named one of the NHL’s best goaltenders on the NHL Network’s countdown series Top 10 Goalies Right now.

Making his debut on the second annual countdown, Talbot ranked seventh overall – one spot higher than the goalie he used to back up in Henrik Lundqvist.

The list was counted down by the NHL Network’s Jamison Coyle, E.J. Hradek and Kevin Weekes who based the list on the past several seasons, but held an emphasis on the 2016-2017 season.

“He’s one of those guys that has shown that even with a heavy workload, he still comes to the rink night after night and helps you win,” said Hradek.

The list also weighed players’ projected performance in the 2017-18 season, took into account those returning from injury and expectant breakout seasons from young players.

“I’m gonna make this point: Connor McDavid we know, but without Cam Talbot last year as well, last season doesn’t happen,” said Weekes.

The Oilers acquired Talbot and a seventh-round pick at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for second-round, third-round and seventh-round picks.

“[Talbot] was ready to be a number one goaltender, he was 28 or 29 years old at that stage and it was important to do something to try and get him in the right position so somebody could benefit from his abilities,” said New York Rangers President Glen Sather to me last week.

Since his trade to Edmonton, Talbot has been a rock for the Edmonton Oilers going 63-49-13 with a .918 save per cent and 2.46 goals against average.

In the 2017 playoffs he helped lead the Oilers to game seven in the second round where he posted a 7-6 record. Talbot recorded a .924 save per cent and a 2.48 goals against average.

Full List:

  1. Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
  2. Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals
  3. Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets
  4. Matt Murray, Pittsburgh Penguins
  5. Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild
  6. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
  7. Cam Talbot, Edmonton Oilers
  8. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
  9. Martin Jones, San Jose Sharks
  10. Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators

These goaltender rankings are a part of the NHL Network’s offseason coverage with five countdown series starting with it’s list of the best postion players: Top 10 Goalies Right Now, Top 20 Wings Right Now, Top 20 Centers Right Now, and Top 20 Defensemen Right Now.

Player rankings will culminate with the NHL Network’s five-part series Top 50 Players Right Now beginning Sunday, September 3.

What say you, Nation? Do you think Talbot’s number seven ranking was fair?

  • OriginalPouzar

    Talbot was essentially just as important as McDavid last year – we don’t make the playoffs without Cam Talbot.

    The question is, can he repeat last year’s consistent performance and potentially even build on it?

    I wouldn’t bet against this man.

    • The last dynasty

      I miss Dubnyk’s work safe Capital Power Corporation commercials. I think that they were taken into consideration when ranking him higher than Talbot.

  • AlexTheOilersFan

    Talbot has been a stud in Edmonton’s net since his acquisition. Yeah he had a slow start in 2015-2016, but he’s been astounding since coming here. After years of watching Khabibulin, Dubnyk, Deslauriers, Scrivens and Fasth get lit up like Christmas trees, it’s refreshing to see a guy like Talbot make the saves when we need him to. He’s calm, he’s collected, I don’t think I’ve seen him flip out at his teammates, and the Oilers team seems to be mkre confident when he’s in net. I have a Talbot jersey and I wear it proud.

  • DarkOil

    My list if I could decide would be;

    Full List:

    1) Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
    2)Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals
    3)Matt Murray, Pittsburgh Penguins
    4)Cam Talbot, Edmonton Oilers
    5)Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild
    6)Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
    7)Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators
    8)Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
    9)Martin Jones, San Jose Sharks
    10)Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets

    The reason I moved Talbot up is he was our rock, much like most of the goalies on this list, he is still young and improving, I tried to balance age into my rankings as well as injuries I also tried to place the playoffs into the mix, hard to do with Quick though

    • DoubleDIon

      Much as I hate Talbot for helping the Oilers suck less. I mostly agree with your list. Only huge flaw is Bobrovsky is way too low. Bob at 4 and everyone else moves down one spot.