#5: Jordan Binnington, St. Louis Blues
2021-22 Stats: 37 Games, 18-14-4 Record, 3.13 GAA, .901 Save %, 2 Shutouts
Binnington is coming off a shockingly average year by his standards and expectations. He was very streaky and unreliable, and forced Ville Husso to save the day many times for the Blues.
Husso is now on the Detroit Red Wings, and Binnington will have to be much more consistent to keep the Blues as the top competition to the Avalanche in the division. I’m just having a hard time trusting Binnington to be anything more than they occasional lights out goalie that can shut a team down, followed by a start where he lets four goals leak by to lose the game.
The only reason I put Binnington ahead of the first three on this list is because he does have that undeniable talent, and he’ll still show up and bring that edge that will win some games.
Binnington’s emotional play can sometimes be a strength but can also be a major weakness when he lets it get the best of him. Again, he’s just untrustworthy as far as being considered elite.
With Binnington being on a gradual decline over the last two seasons, I have my serious doubts that he can return to being a quality Vezina Trophy contender. He’s middle-of-the-road at best.