Hockey News ranks Huet 22nd of 30 goalies

The March 4 edition of The Hockey News focuses largely on goaltending, with a number of features and rankings, including a grading of whom they rate as the National Hockey League’s top 30 netminders "based mainly on performance this season, with input from scouts."

The Canadiens’ Cristobal Huet comes in at 22nd, down one spot from last year. Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo is No. 1; former Canadiens Tomas Vokoun, Florida (OK, just one game); José Theodore, Colorado; and Mathieu Garon, Edmonton, are ranked a respective 7, 20 and 25.

Carey Price, while not ranked on this list, is No. 1 of the "top 75 NHL-affiliated prospects" on the magazine’s Future Watch 2008 list.

"(Price) has won at every level and it won’t be long before he’s the main man in Montreal," THN says of this rank, based on voting conducted by a panel of 21 NHL scouts who were asked to rank prospects in terms of five-to-10-year upside.


  1. teamplayer says:

    here are the top 30 from this article with my notes:
    1. Roberto Luongo (2nd last year)- easy choice i think
    2. Evgeni Nabokov (26)- his poor backup goalie
    3. Martin Brodeur (1)- When will he get old and retire?
    4. Pascal Leclaire (NR)- amazing start team only has 153 gf
    5. Chris Osgood (NR)- 22W in 31gms is good but usually makes less than 20 saves per night
    6. J-S Giguere (4)- is he actually that good or is it his defencemen?
    7. Tomas Vokoun (20)- would like to see him in a different less defensive system
    8. Ryan Miller (6)- hottest goalie since the allstar break
    9. Henrik Lundqvist (16)- he should be higher, nice contract will see lots of overpaid players infront of him for years to come
    10. Marty Turco (8)- this high and they keep talking as if smith will take over soon.
    11. Miika Kiprusoff (3) got his first shutout after this article was done
    12. Dominek Hasek (5)- too high for someone who cant play, and doesnt have the ability to steal games like he use to, he doenst need to.
    13. Tim Thomas (28) Surprising year, defense first system
    14. Ilya Bryzgalov (NR)- new team and chance to start, good in playoffs, id rank him higher
    15. Ty Conklin (NR) great start to his season, is slowing down, with fleury coming back, he will eventually get bumped from this list if they make another one this year
    16. Rick Dipietro (13)- front page of this hockey news, will be good for many years but will miss playoff many times
    17. Vesa Toskala (9)- really ahead of huet? and he plays on a team that was suppose to be better then montreal coming into the season
    18. Niklas Backstrom (NR)- good defensive system, has them first in northwest but only 3 pts out of 8th.
    19. Manny Legace (22)- 10otl for stlouis, only team with more than mtl, that has to say something about the goalie, why else is huet so low.
    20. Jose Theodore (NR)- is having a good season, but hasnt been that good to fully claim no.1, ufa.
    21. Martin Gerber (NR)- and they keep giving emery every little chance, they simply dont trust him.
    22. Cristobal Huet (22)-everyone else has said enough about him
    23. Martin Biron (27)- losing the no.1 spot to lower ranked niitymaki
    24. Dan Ellis (NR)- quietly having a good season, ranked better then the starter, UFA at end of season, wouldnt mind seeing him with price next season, if huet has other plans
    25. Mathieu Garon (NR)- poor roloson not happy with his playing time but garon is playing better
    26. Cam Ward (14)- if carolina didnt get the third seed, mtl would be playing bos and not pgh if playoffs started right now. this team and goalie should be better, im happy where he is ranked.
    27. Josh Harding (NR)-is min backup better then ours? well we will still have the prospect ranks
    28. Antero Niitymaki (NR)- what has happened to phily? shoulda waited a week before putting both thier goalies in the top 30
    29. Chris Mason (12)- he stumbled ellis played great, what will happen over the summer who knows with this troubled franchise
    30. Kari Lehtonen (11)- atl has 200 ga, only two teams worse (car, la) will have to improve or wont be on this list next season.

  2. Rogie30 says:

    Huet has been there , and sometimes let us down, and I support him. Price needs a crash corse in how to keep us in games early, as well as needing the experience. I go with Price once we have a playoff spot guaranteed, thats a given. Remember, most fans here are saying we are a couple of years away, so there is room for error, so go with Price.

  3. jimstr says:

    yes… as much as I like Huet I feel really sad for Halak..

  4. 24 Cups says:

    For me, there’s another way to look at this article in terms of the Habs goaltending situation. The one constant for every team that wins the Cup is hot goaltending. And almost without exception, every winning team has one goalie play all of the games during the four series. Even one Cup wonders have done this (Ward, Khabibulin, Belfour). In fact, the last time a team won the Cup by using two goaltenders was the 67′ Lousy Leafs with Shawchuk/Bower sharing the duties.

    So this begs the question: which goaltender will get hot for us at the right time and have the skill AND stamina to play 4 series with up to as many as 28 games? Huet, who even given the benefit of the doubt is not listed in the top dozen goalies, or Price who is in his first NHL year? I guess the other question is, will Carbo just go with one guy or try and alternate the two of them through the first few series until someone emerges as the hot goalie?

    Forget an impact player, or the special teams, or the needed grit up front – the real question is do we have a goalie who can take us all the way this spring.

    The Original 24 Cups

  5. 9410 says:

    The only knock on Huet, is that he does not seem to have longevity. His third period play inspires zero confidence as he does not seem to own any “shutdown” instinct, and has not really stolen any games this year. He is much better than 22nd, personally I would place him in the 9-14 range, but he is not one of those goalies that make you wish your girlfriend is not watching the game.
    I hope he snaps out of his funk soon, because his play as much as Price’s is leaving the door wide open for Price to take the job down the home stretch.
    Keep in mind: The Hockey News= Leafs Nation mouthpiece.

  6. earl says:

    Huet was similarly dissed in last year’s article of the same name.

    This piece does not exactly have it’s reasonableness checks done.

    But if you want to know why this article may have gone astray listen to THN’s Mike Brophy for a while. He’s got more opinions than sense sometimes. I once heard him say on a radio program that Wayne Gretzky was a hard working player but “not the most talented guy on the ice”, making him sound more like Tom Kostopoulos than, well, the greatest offensive player in history.

    The quality of that publication has been in constant decline.

  7. Chuck says:

    According to TSN, Brian Campbell recently refused a contract extension from the the Sabres that would pay him just under $6 million per year (he’s making 1.75/year now).

    I’d love to have him on the Habs, but not for that kind of coin.


    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  8. Sbah Reverof says:

    Or the Hansen brothers.

  9. originalsix says:

    I feel bad for Halak, the kid is solid, but no one wants to give him a chance. We should trade Huet now, when we can, try to get a decent return. And go forward with a Price/Halak goalie combination.

  10. PGHABS says:

    THN also predictd the Habs would finish in 13th, so their “expert” opinions aren’t exactly, um, expert

  11. Rogie30 says:

    Dream on, but I like it.

  12. Rogie30 says:

    Cancel my subscription, that magazine is so outdated, as you can find better info on Habs inside/out as well as other lesser places. Thats called sucking up.

  13. The Teacher says:

    Even considering this year only. Huet behind Theo is a joke.

    They obviously don’t watch the games. Don’t go by the stats either. Seems their full of what Boone smells every second or third game or so.

    Theoshit, The opendoor, The-odour.

    33 15 16 2 1875.88 1 2.53 .907


    39 21 12 6 2277.5 2 2.56 .916

  14. sidhu says:

    Pierre McGuire said the Habs remind him of the 94 Rangers, who had Richter and JVBB as a tandem going into the Cup – we have Price and Huet.

    I don’t agree with him – teams need a clear #1 in the playoffs. Hopefully Huet or Price (or Halak??) will step up.

  15. TripleX says:

    I would say the ranking of Huet is about right. I have nothing personal against him, but he is not a legitimate No.1. In sports momentum and confidence are of paramount importance. Huet has a terrible habit of letting in soft goals at the worst possible times. For example early first goals, goals in the last minute of a period, goals soon after we tie or go ahead. For some reason Price inspires confidence…justified or not, Huet just makes me anxious. I cannot speak for the team but I would not be surprised if he instills the same doubt in them. True No.1’s like Luongo, Brodeur and Kipper instill a sense of calm and assurance that they will make the BIG SAVES.

  16. A. Berke says:

    This survey is done on the basis of this year’s performances and this year Jose is carrying the Avs (not great but good enough).

    That’s why.

    yes he sucked big time before he was traded away (and I was delighted to see him go) but that doesn’t count in this survey.


    Ali B.

  17. Y says:

    Aren’t these the same guys who said the Habs would finish 12th or 13th?


  18. New says:

    Funny isn’t it. Most people don’t have time to form an opinion so they just adopt one.

    Three weeks ago a great number of fans were bemoaning the anticipated high cost of re-signing Huet since he was suddenly the best goalie the Habs had had since, well the last one.

    Now he’s only 22 of the starting 30. Everyone nods sagely.

    Go figure.

  19. the_larry says:

    And knowing the knuckle-heads who make this magazine, they probably use the hottness of players wives as part of their analysis.

  20. coutNY says:

    Better keep that on the downlow or you’ll seee Bettman trying get them a franchise! Well at least they respect the history of the Habs…

  21. sidhu says:

    Theo has better hair, that counts for 35% of the analysis used in the rankings.

  22. sidhu says:

    Halak will be on that list one day for another team if we don’t give him some playing time.

    BG – Huet, Grabovski, and Le Dandy for Richards and Gratton

  23. projectpete19 says:

    and 4 out of the 10 brothers were all hockey players, either there is a shortage of brothers in other sports or oklahomans are closet hockey fans

  24. Sakus Evil Twin says:

    Huet for Campbell?

    OK… I’ll give it up.

  25. Rob Maguire says:

    On the topic of rankings, a newspaper in Oklahoma named Maurice & Henri Richard the best brothers in all of sport. Yeah, that’s right, Oklahoma. Go figure.

  26. The Teacher says:


    Theo ranked higher than Huet?

    I’m sorry, but whoever thinks they figured this out is a joke.

  27. The Teacher says:

    Cristobal Huet is 32. Manning is what, 26-27?

  28. WindsorHab-10 says:

    They must not have heard of the Canseco brothers.
    Just kidding.

  29. Sulemaan says:

    As others noted below, the Hockey News predicted Montreal to finish 13th overall in the Eastern Conference. Enough said.

  30. Dave Stubbs says:

    Right you are, Sulemaan. No more or no less authoritative than a lot of other subjectively crafted rankings and lists.

    Dave Stubbs

    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette


  31. Shobud says:

    I qagree 100 percent

  32. New says:

    He is paid very well for what he has delivered. Do you believe that most fans would accept Huet re-signing at the current rate?

    What about Halak and Price? Halak who carried the ball last year, new to the league, and took the team from a slump right to the goal line (no pun intended) only to see Huet put in for the final game so he could be ready for the playoffs. Price who holds up under pressure, and you better believe he feels it, learns, and shows poise, skill, and continuing improvement.

    Theodore was flashy, and in a contract year, is flashy again. Huet can make that heart stopping save, but blows the important stops. Time for a change I think.

    I don’t think you can rate a goalie as 22 out of 30. Maybe as 1 or 2 in the league. But the rest…another day, another team, they’re all the same.

  33. Rightwing says:

    Chris Huet is not a No 1 and Eli Manning is a flop and will never win the big one… blah, blah, blah.

    What Huet has yet to show is the durability to wear well for a complete season. It’s the one major question mark that should lessen his value in the free market.

  34. says:

    After all the predictions made last Sep/Oct. I hardly ever listen to the media. Entertainment is what it is. Sorry Dave 🙂
    God Bless Our Infantry

  35. sidhu says:

    I’m still in an altered state from Tuesday night’s victory…. oh yeah, and the 40oz I had with lunch.

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