As the NHL regular season has ended, the NHL award prediction season has begun, and we have already predicted who could win both the Hart and Calder Memorial Trophies come to the NHL award ceremony. But now, we look to the goalies of the NHL for who could take over the Vezina Trophy from Marc-Andre Fleury, as there are many top-performing goalies this season that are certainly deserving of the title. So, here are the Vezina Trophy candidates for the 2021-22 NHL season.
Markstrom has made an amazing impact on the NHL this season, with a stellar nine shutouts during regular season play, as well as maintaining a .922 save percentage across 63 starts. On top of that, he only let through 137 goals on over 1750 shots faced. Overall he has been a clutch goalie for the Flames this season, as was shown through his team going first in their division this season, as well as having the second-largest goal differential in the league at 85, only being beaten by the Florida Panthers. While the playoffs have not been good to the Flames so far, this veteran goalie has still looked rather strong across his performances, as well as powering through a game one shut out for his team, and has remained strong while standing up to a parade of shots on net. He certainly belongs on top of the league as a goalie, and that has him sitting in a good spot to win the Vezina, as can be seen by the effort against Joe Pavelski below.
Andersen has been amazing this season since coming to the Hurricanes from the Toronto Maple Leafs. In his first season, he has managed to pick up the William M Jennings trophy with his goalie partner Antti Raanta, his first time since playing alongside John Gibson with the Anaheim Ducks. This season he managed four shutouts as well as having kept a save percentage of .922 across the season, as well as managing the second-lowest goals-against average among goalies playing over 30 games, of just 2.17 the best of his career thus far. Overall this starter for the Hurricanes has had an amazing season, and if it wasn’t for his injury would likely still be maintaining these amazing performances in the playoffs, which certainly has earned him his chance at the Vezina for the season as can be seen during this game against the Washington Capitals.
Shesterkin is the odd man out in this bunch, given that he is the only player on the list who is not currently in their 30s. Overall the player has made an amazing name for himself since taking over the starting position for the Rangers on a steady basis. Overall the player has made some all-important saves, as well as having made some great contributions to his team. He has managed a strong, career-high season with six shutouts, a .935 save percentage, and a 2.07 goals-against average. Overall, this has been the evolution of the young player’s game and has made an amazing impact on his team, helping to lead them into the playoffs, and owning the crease against the Pittsburgh Penguins. With his breakout season and looking like an amazing starter, Shesterkin certainly lands himself a spot in the running for the Vezina.
While these three have been amazing this season, they certainly aren’t the only possible candidates to win the coveted trophy, which is a quality addition to any goalie’s trophy cabinet. Who else do you see as potentially winning the Vezina? Stick around on OTH Hockey to read about more of the NHL awards candidates, as well as keep up to date on the Stanley Cup fixtures.
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