This article is part of our Crashing the Crease series.
It's important to keep a level head when evaluating goaltenders, which means focusing on the big picture rather than getting caught up in the latest trends. Overreacting to short-term results can lead to underestimating a key player's value and selling low on a major asset. A prime example of the effects of short-term unpredictability is Henrik Lundqvist, whose role changed from underperforming starter to Antti Raanta's backup to surging elite starter all during my three-week absence from this column. He was pegged among the league's top goaltenders at the outset of the season and is unsurprisingly valued similarly at this point despite all the ups and downs. Lundqvist's value has remained largely unchanged since the outset of the season, but can the same be said for the rest of the top 10 projected fantasy goalies headed into the season?
ESPN's top 10 fantasy goaltenders coming into 2016-17 were: Braden Holtby, Carey Price, Martin Jones, Jonathan Quick, Ben Bishop, Cory Schneider, Corey Crawford, Lundqvist, Pekka Rinne and Tuukka Rask.
Holtby hasn't quite lived up to his No. 1 goaltender preseason status, but few owners are complaining about a 14-7-2 record, 2.08 GAA and .925 save percentage. He's still among the top assets in fantasy hockey, even though a third straight 40-win season seems just out of reach.
Price saw a slight divot in value due to an early bout with the flu, but those who held onto him through that have