Ryan Miller: 85
Jacob Markstrom is the starter of the near future, but Ryan Miller can still play — especially when he’s rested. Miller and Markstrom will likely split the season without a clear No. 1 and No. 2. Miller is mostly there to mentor Markstrom until the Swede is ready to take on the starting role full-time. An 85 rating seems high, but anything under 85 is already considered low in the NHL series, and Miller deserves this rating.
Jacob Markstrom: 85
As said, Markstrom is the goalie of the near future, with Thatcher Demko in the pipeline to take the starting job eventually. Markstrom used the 2015-16 season, his first full NHL campaign, to prove he can be an NHL goalie, so he will be looking to prove he can play 50 to 60 games a year. Jim Benning said the better goalie will play, meaning whoever does better will get more starts. At this point, Markstrom and Miller are tied.
Thatcher Demko: 70
Demko is likely only No. 4 on the NHL depth chart behind veteran Richard Bachman. But as the new guy, I wanted to include him here anyway. Coming out of college, Demko has a lot to prove in order to justify a high rating, so he’ll start off with 70. He will get every chance to take the starting job in Utica and take the fast lane to the NHL, but he has to start at the bottom like everyone else. A rating of 70 with elite potential sounds about right.