Each day until the NHL Awards show June 24, The Gazette will run predictions of who will win certain awards, and who Angelo Stambene thinks should win the award.
Vezina Trophy, given to the league’s best goaltender – Finalists: Ben Bishop – Tampa Bay Lightning; Tuukka Rask – Boston Bruins; Semyon Varlamov – Colorado Avalanche
– One of the best sayings about a hockey player, is about Tuukka Rask (two U’s two K’s, two points), and his 36 wins this year, along with 2.04 goals against average will win Rask the Vezina. Although Rask is an incredible goalie, he plays behind a consistent Norris Trophy (best defenseman) candidate, and as much as it pains me to say this, one of the deepest teams in the NHL.
Should win –
Semyon Varlamov did more with less this year, and his 41 wins were the most in the league. Experts will point to Varlamov’s 2.41 goals against average as a sign that he isn’t as good as Rask, but those experts should pay more attention to the save percentage. During the season Rask had a .930 save percentage while Varlamov had a .927, and faced 372 more shots. Since their save percentages are almost equal, it should come down to the only thing that matters, wins. With the most wins this season Varlamov should take home his first Vezina Trophy.
Who do you think was the best goalie this year?