3. Tuukka Rask
Once Conn Smythe winning goaltender Tim Thomas decided to leave the Bruins for a year off following 2012, the Bruins made it clear that Tuukka Rask would be the team’s goaltender of the future. Rask had had some experience as the Bruins starter – filling in after Thomas was injured in 2010 – but this was the first time that Rask would be the undisputed starter.
The Finnish goaltender flourished in the 2013 season, going 19-10-5 in 34 starts with a goals-against average of 2.00.
In the Bruins’ run to the Stanley Cup Final, he was even better, posting a 14-8 record with a 1.88 GAA, including a dominant Eastern Conference Finals in which he allowed just two goals in four games to the top-seeded and electric Pittsburgh Penguins.
Rask signed an eight-year, $56 million contract this past offseason, further showing Boston’s commitment to keeping Rask as its franchise goaltender for a long time.