Vezina Trophy Winner Predictions & Odds 2021
- Arguably the most important position in hockey, goaltenders are the last stand of defense on a roster and the Vezina Trophy awards those considered to be the best
- This season sees the last two previous winners of the award ranked with the best and second-best odds to take home the award once again
- The top-five candidates also include one of the biggest dark horses of all player futures for the NHL 2021 season
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Vezina Trophy Odds
Odds taken from BetMGM, updated on March 30, 2021.
|Andrei Vasilevskiy/TB Lightning||-125 |
|Connor Hellebuyck/Winnipeg Jets||+1600 |
|Tuukka Rask/Boston Bruins||+3000 |
|Carter Hart/Philadelphia Flyers||+6600 |
|John Gibson/Anaheim Ducks||+10000 |
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What is the Vezina Trophy?
The Vezina Trophy is awarded each year to the goaltender who is judged to be the best at his position for that season. First introduced in 1926, the award – named after former Montreal Canadiens goaltender Georges Vezina – is given to the top goalie as voted on by the league’s 31 general managers.
How is the Vezina Trophy Winner Selected?
As mentioned above, the Vezina-winning goaltender is voted on and selected by the 31 general managers of the NHL. All GM’s rank their top-three selections using a 5-3-1 point system.
Past winners include Winnipeg’s Connor Hellebuyck, Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy, Nashville’s Pekka Rinne, Columbus’ Sergei Bobrovsky, and Vancouver’s (although a Washington roster member at the time) Braden Holtby.
Favorites to Win Vezina Trophy
Andrei Vasilevskiy – Tampa Bay Lightning (-125)
Andrei Vasilevskiy won the Vezina Trophy following the 2018-19 NHL season and his team, the Tampa Bay Lightning is coming off of a Stanley Cup win in 2019-20. He finished in third-place as per the voting by the league GMs last season.
In 52 games played last season, Vasilevskiy had a 2.56 goals against average and a .917 save percentage with a record of 35-14-3 – more wins than any other goaltender last season.
In seven NHL seasons, all spent with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Vasilevskiy has a career record of 160-73-18 with a career GAA of 2.55 and a .919 career save percentage.
Connor Hellebuyck – Winnipeg Jets (+1600)
Not far behind Vasilevskiy in the odds to win is last season’s Vezina Trophy winner Connor Hellebuyck of the Winnipeg Jets. Hellebuyck collected 123 voting points last year, 19 of those points being first-place votes, and won the award with a 24-point gap in voting between him and second place.
Hellebuyck played 58 games last season, which was more than any other goaltender in the league other than Carey Price who also played 58. Throughout those games, Hellebuyck put together a record of 31-21-6, a GAA of 2.57, and a league-leading .922 save percentage.
Across five NHL seasons, all of which have been spent in Winnipeg, Hellebuyck has gone 148-85-22 with a GAA of 2.64 and a .917 save percentage.
John Gibson – Anaheim Ducks (+10000)
John Gibson is a dark horse vote here as the Anaheim Ducks aren’t expected to make any sort of splash this season. However, if there is one key member of their roster capable of putting on an award-winning individual performance in 2021, it’s John Gibson.
Last season the Ducks went 29-33-9 and finished 27th in the league. Gibson played 51 of those games and had a record of 20-26-1. His final GAA of 3.00, although not great, was impressive considering the team in front of him. He also still managed to finish the year with a .904 save percentage.
His career numbers better show his capabilities. In seven-season with Anaheim, Gibson has a career record of 139-103-33 with a career GAA of 2.53 and a .918 save percentage.