Vezina Trophy Tracker

        As the 2021-2022 NHL season heads into its 15th week, many goaltenders have proven their worth for the Vezina trophy, a prestigious trophy awarded annually to the best goaltender in the league. Some favorites from early in the season, such as Hurricanes goalie Frederick Andersen continued performing at a world-class level. At the same time, other potential winners, including last year’s Conn Smythe trophy winner Andrei Vasilevskei, dropped down the list due to relatively poor play. This list will provide you with a top-5 list of the top candidates for this year’s Vezina trophy based on records and advanced statistics.

Frederick Andersen

        The starting goaltender for the Carolina Hurricanes, Frederick Andersen, has continued to impress with his play. Thanks to his team’s strong offense and great defensive pairings, the Danish netminder has now won 23 games and dropped only 6 games in regulation. Although his individual stats did undergo certain amounts of reclination, they are still league-leading numbers. The 9-year veteran currently holds a 2.05 goal against average and a 92.8 save percentage. Anderson also has an incredible 20.7 in the goals saved above the expected category, ranking 3rd among his competitors.

Sergei Bobrovsky

        In addition to Andersen, the Panthers and their star goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky has also continued to demonstrate their dominant style of play. Behind a team playing behind a high-scoring offense that averages north of four goals per game, The two-time Vezina Trophy winner now holds a record of 22-4-3, alongside a single shutout. The 33-year old’s individual statistics are excellent as well, as he now posts 2.51 goals-against average and a 92.1 save percentage while also holding a whopping 22.2 goals saved above expected.

Tristan Jarry 

        Jarry and the Penguins have surged to a top-10 spot in the NHL standings over the past few weeks. Although this feat can’t be accomplished without great overall team performances, Jarry’s stellar form between the pipes must also take significant credit. The 26 years old Canadian currently holds a record of 23-8 through 31 games played and was only defeated once through his last four starts. Jarry also posts an elite-level save percentage of 92.5 while averaging 2.17 goals-against average. His goals saved above expected record could be argued as his weakest stat, sitting at 16.0, which ranks 7th in the league. 

Juuse Saros

        With Nashville Predators legendary goaltender Pekka Rinne retiring early in the season, Saros has faced an even more challenging season. Despite the pressure, the young Finn has not disappointed the Smashville nation, as he now holds a record of 23-11-3 behind a lackluster Predators team. Through his 37 appearances, Saros has surrendered 2.36 goals per game and has a 92.7 save percentage.

Igor Shesterkin

        Igor Shesterkin has simply been phenomenal so far this season. The Moscow native has gathered thousands of supporters around the league, not only Rangers fans, for his dominant play. Shesterkin’s sensational performances in Madison Square Garden and across North America are reflected in his statistics, too. Through his 28 appearances, Shesterkin has collected 21 victories and only experienced 7 defeats, two of which occurred in overtime. The Russian goaltender also holds 2.1 goals-against average, a 93.7 save percentage, and a league-leading 23.1 goals saved above expected.