NHL.com writers just named their prospective Team Canada squad for the coming Four Nations tournament February 2025.

No surprise to see Edmonton Oilers aces like Connor McDavid, Zach Hyman and Evan Bouchard on the list, and only a small one to see goalie Stuart Skinner named as well, along with Aidan Hill of Las Vegas and Jordan Binnington of St. Louis.

But the lack of star stopper quality in Team Canada nets had at least one goalie analyst, writer Paul Campbell of In Goal Media, questioning the Canada’s goalie pipeline.

“We need a goaltending summit 🇨🇦,” said Campbell.

My take

1. First off, Stuart Skinner helped his Edmonton Oilers to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final this year and Adin Hill won the Cup with Vegas last season. These are major achievements and indicate Canada has solid enough goaltending to win this tournament.

2. Second, Skinner ranks first for wins, second for games played, sixth for goals against average and fifth for save percentage for all Canadian goalies the last two regular seasons. He deserves to be considered for this tournament. If he plays for Canada, it will be a massive achievement but he will have earned it.

3. Campbell is about as sharp an observer of hockey as you’ll find. And he’s not wrong about the overall quality of Canadian goalies. This country does not have those two or three goalies right now who challenge for the title of best goalie in the world.

4. In total 53 goalies have played in at least 50 games in the NHL the past two seasons. Skinner ranks 16th in save percentage, which is as good a quick-and-dirty metric as you’ll find to measure goalie performance. Hill ranks 14th, Binnington 28th.

5. There’s not one Canadian goalie in the Top 10 for save percentage in this group of elite NHL goalies.