2013 NHL Awards: Who Will Win the Vezina Trophy?

Can Henrik Lundqvist repeat his 2012 Vezina victory? - Bruce Bennett

Three European goaltenders are the finalists for the 2013 Vezina Trophy, to be handed out in a TV special during the upcoming Stanley Cup Final. Which one of them will earn his spot in goaltending history?

The Vezina Trophy is voted upon by NHL general managers, and dates back to 1927. Jacques Plante is the all-time leader with 7 victories, while among active netminders, Martin Brodeur has the most with four.

Review the three finalists below, along with speculative ballots prepared by the OTF writing crew, and sound off in the comments below. How would you name the league's top goalie this season?


Sergei Bobrovsky

#72 / Goalie / Columbus Blue Jackets

6-2

190

Sep 20, 1988



GP MIN W L OTL GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2012 - Sergei Bobrovsky 38 2219 21 11 6 74 2.00 1084 1010 .932 4

The Blue Jackets ranked 25th in goal scoring this season, but almost made the playoffs thanks to a standout effort by Bobrovsky, who won eight of his last nine decisions, giving up fewer than two goals in four of those games. It wasn't quite enough, however, as Columbus missed the post-season once again.


Henrik Lundqvist

#30 / Goalie / New York Rangers

6-1

188

Mar 02, 1982



GP MIN W L OTL GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2012 - Henrik Lundqvist 43 2575 24 16 3 88 2.05 1190 1102 .926 2

The 2012 Vezina Trophy winner had another fine season, and tied for the league lead with 43 starts. Does being this season's lone Eastern Conference finalist give him an edge in the voting?


Antti Niemi

#31 / Goalie / San Jose Sharks

6-2

210

Aug 29, 1983



GP MIN W L OTL GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2012 - Antti Niemi 43 2581 24 12 6 93 2.16 1220 1127 .924 4

In his third season as San Jose's starter, Niemi put up his finest performance yet. Like Lundqvist, he led the league with 43 starts, and helped carry the Sharks through a February in which their scoring dried up.

OTF Staff Picks

Voter 1st 2nd 3rd Comment
Dirk Sergei Bobrovsky Craig Anderson Henrik Lundqvist Not only did Columbus swipe a productive goalie away from Philadelphia, but they punked them with Steve Mason in a separate trade.
Sam Sergei Bobrovsky Tuuka Rask Henrik Lundqvist
Caroline Sergei Bobrovsky Antti Niemi Henrik Lundqvist No goalie was as important to their team this year as Bob. No one.
Jonathan Sergei Bobrovsky Antti Niemi Henrik Lundqvist If you don't want Bob to win this award - that's fine, I get that. But you're wrong and I hate you.
Chris Sergei Bobrovsky EVERYONE ELSE EVERYONE ELSE If anyone other than Bobs wins the Vezina, it will truly be a theft.
George Sergei Bobrovsky Antti Niemi Henrik Lundqvist I'm surprised there's such unanimity among OTFers! Lundqvist is there because he's Lundqvist, and Niemi stole some games for the Sharks. But Sergei Bobrovsky proved night in and night out why he was the league's best between the pipes. 38 GP, 21 W, 2.00 GAA, and .932 SV%. Wow.
Jason Sergei Bobrovsky Antti Niemi Henrik Lundqvist Niemi had a great year, but Bob meant more to his team. No wrong answer among the top two though.

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