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In NHL 19, every single top-class goaltender and most upcoming stars have been given the stamp of being a hybrid goaltender. But, there are a few goaltenders who managed to escape this wash over. They may not have the highest ratings in the game, but they certainly offer something different to contend with.
These are the best butterfly and stand-up goaltenders in NHL 19 ranked by their overall rating –many of which are young goalies.
Mikko Koskinen (78 OVR)
Team: Edmonton Oilers
Best Stats: Rebound Control 90, Recover 90, Aggressiveness 88
He’s a big unit, and may actually snatch the backup job in Edmonton this season. Mikko Koskinen boasts decent attribute ratings in passing, poke check, and vision at 85, as well as 84s in breakaway, agility, and endurance.
Elvis Merzlikins (75 OVR)
Team: HC Lugano (NLA)
Best Stats: Durability 89, Glove High 86, Puck Playing Frequency 85, Aggressiveness 85
The Columbus Blue Jackets still own the NHL rights to Elvis Merzlikins and are simply waiting to see if he develops into a top goaltender in the Swiss league. For now, the young goalie boasts strong athletic ability, with attributes at 81 or higher, as well as having a very strong glove hand, with ratings of 86 and 83 for high and low, respectively.
Niklas Svedberg (71 OVR)
Team: Timrå IK (SHL)
Best Stats: Glove Low 82, Angles 81, Poise 80, Speed 80, Vision 80, Aggressiveness 80
Undrafted by the NHL, Niklas Svedberg made his way over to North America in 2012. He has played as the number one goalie for the Providence Bruins and Iowa Wild since, while also clocking 19 games for the Boston Bruins. For 2018/19, however, he has returned to his native Sweden. Svedberg posts attributes in reflexes that don’t reveal any glaring holes in his game, but with a low of 78 and a high of 82, he’s not exactly of NHL caliber.
Veini Vehviläinen (71 OVR)
Team: Kärpät (Liiga)
Best Stats: Glove High 82, Recover 81, Rebound Control 80, Angles 80
At 21-years-old and having been selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2018 draft, Veini Vehviläinen shows some promise on NHL 19. If you want a goaltender down the line that doesn’t conform to the hybrid technique, then this young Finn may be the best way to go. His reflexes are all rated at 78 or above, with his only really lacking stats being his aggressiveness (69) and puck playing frequency (71), but sometimes it’s better to have a goalie who will wait for the play to develop and cover the puck instead of trying to make a play.
Milan Kloucek (69 OVR)
Team: HC Dynamo Pardubice (Czech)
Best Stats: Breakaway 79, Agility 79, Speed 79, Vision 79
When it comes to finding young goaltending talent, the Nashville Predators seem to know what they’re doing. Taken in the seventh round of the 2018 draft, Milan Kloucek actually plays as a stand-up goalie in NHL 19. Mostly rocking 77s, 78s, and 79s across the board, Kloucek might just develop into an NHL goalie given the right opportunities.
Other NHL 19 top butterfly & stand-up style goaltenders
Iowa Wild (AHL)
Stick Low 81, Breakaway 81, Agility 80
Pirati Chomutov, on loan (Czech)
Glove High 80, Agility 79, Speed 79
Rochester Americans (AHL)
Stick Low 81, Breakaway 80, Glove Low 80
Karlskrona HK (SHL)
Vision 83, Breakaway 81, Angles 79
SK Horacka Slavia Trebic, on loan (Czech2)
Agility 79, Angles 78, Stick High 78
Pelicans, on loan (Liiga)
Glove High 80, Breakaway 78, Speed 76
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