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?
#72 / Goalie / Columbus Blue Jackets
Sep 20, 1988
|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.
#30 / Goalie / New York Rangers
Mar 02, 1982
|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?
#31 / Goalie / San Jose Sharks
Aug 29, 1983
|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
|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.|