2. Semyon Varlamov
A hearty debate can be made between Mrazek defenders and Varlamov advocators. Varlamov is no spring chicken, checking in at 31 years old next season, but has been a mainstay in net for Colorado for the past eight seasons.
His numbers, admittedly, were not better than Mrazek’s this season. Mrazek made a lot of teams look silly for not giving him a short-term contract by carrying the Hurricanes to the Eastern Conference Final. Varlamov however, has been posting similar numbers for much longer than Mrazek.
Mrazek went 40-24-13 this season with 2.39 GAA and .913 save percentage. Varlamov was at a 2.87 GAA but he’s also been under three goals a game for five of the last six seasons. Mrazek has been wildly inconsistent, bouncing back from bad years with good ones and then immediately reverting.
Give me Varlamov, who has proven he can be a No. 1 goalie for years, over a prayer that Mrazek can continue his pace.