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  • Who are the top contenders for the 2021 NHL Vezina Trophy?
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy is the favorite to win this year’s Vezina Trophy
  • Track, visualize and interact with each goaltender’s odds as they get longer and shorter throughout the 2020-21 NHL season

The Vezina Trophy is awarded at the conclusion of every season to the goaltender deemed to be the best at his position. In contrast to the Hart Trophy, NHL general managers are the sole voters on the Vezina Trophy.

We’ll be tracking odds available at a range of online sportsbooks all year long, providing you with up to date coverage on how futures odds shift for different goaltenders around the league.

Odds For 2021 Vezina Trophy Favorites

  • [Feb 23]: Marc-Andre Fleury’s average odds have shortened since taking over for the injured Robin Lehner for Vegas. Fleury’s odds have dropped from +2600 to +1500, posting two shutouts in his last four starts.
  • [Feb 12]: Braden Holtby’s odds to win the Vezina continue to lengthen as the Canucks struggle. Holtby has seen his average odds jump from +1750 to +2600.
  • [Feb 1]: Carter Hart has seen his average odds shorten from +967 to +650 after posting two wins and a .950 save percentage last week. After a few shaky starts, Tuukka Rask has seen his average odds increase from +983 to +1100.
  • [Dec 30]: With under a month before the 2021 NHL season starts, Andrei Vasilevskiy has pulled away as the favorite with average odds of +583.
  • [Nov 16]: Connor Hellebuyck, Andrei Vasilevskiy, and Tuukka Rask are the opening co-favorites to win the 2021 Vezina Trophy at +500 odds.

Vezina Trophy Odds 2021

Goalie Odds
Andrei Vasilevskiy (Lightning) +260
Philipp Grubauer (Avalanche) +750
Mackenzie Blackwood (Devils) +1000
Semyon Varlamov (Islanders) +1000
Carter Hart (Flyers) +1500
Marc Andre-Fleury (Golden Knights) +1500
John Gibson (Ducks) +1600
Kevin Lankinen (Blackhawks) +1700
Carey Price (Canadiens) +2000
Jordan Binnington (Blues) +2000
Tuukka Rask (Bruins) +2000
Connor Hellebuyck (Jets) +2500
Jacob Markstrom (Flames) +2500
Cam Talbot (Wild) +1900
Darcy Kuemper (Coyotes) +2000

Odds taken Feb. 23

The Vezina Trophy is a perennially unpredictable award, perhaps more so than any other major award in the NHL. It’s hard to predict which goaltender is poised to have a heroic season, as goaltenders, more so than any other position in the NHL, are prone to large swings in their play from season to season.

More often than not, goalies who win the Vezina Trophy play in front of a competent defense corps, and an above-average playoff team.

The sole exception to this was in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season when Sergei Bobrovsky won the Vezina despite the Blue Jackets failing to qualify for the postseason.

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NHL Vezina Trophy Trends to Consider

  • Nine of the last 12 Vezina Trophy-winners came from the Eastern Conference (the Columbus Blue Jackets were in the Western Conference in 2012-2013, when Sergei Bobrovsky won).
  • It’s almost impossible for goalies to win the Vezina Trophy if their teams don’t make the playoffs. Again, this hasn’t happened since Sergei Bobrovsky in 2013 and only four times in this history of the league, and that was the only time its happened in modern NHL history.
  • Its essential for the Vezina winner to have a competent backupNo Vezina winner in the last 10 years has exceeded 69 games played. In today’s NHL, rest is a key factor to a goaltender being able to maintain a consistently high level of play, and in order for this to happen a team needs to be able to rely on their backup goaltender to win games.

2021 Vezina Trophy Odds for Players on Canadian Teams

 

Four Canadian teams see their tenders in the top 10 to start the year: the Leafs’ Frederik Andersen, the Canadiens’ Carey Price, the Jets’ Connor Hellebuyck, and the Flames’ Jacob Markstrom.

2021 Vezina Trophy Odds for Previous Winners

Winning more than one Vezina trophy isn’t as rare as you might think, as six different players have done it since 1981 (the modern era), and two players, Tim Thomas and Sergei Bobrovsky, have accomplished this feat in the last 11 years.

Last 10 Vezina Trophy Winners

Year Player Games Played Record GAA Save Percentage Age
2019-2020 Connor Hellebuyck (Winnipeg Jets) 58 31-21-5 2.57 .922 27
2018-2019 Andrei Vasilevskiy (Tampa Bay Lightning) 53 39-10-4 2.40 .925 24
2017-2018 Pekka Rinne (Nashville Predators) 59 42-13-4 2.31 .927 35
2016-2017 Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus Blue Jackets) 63 41-17-5 2.06 .931 29
2015-2016 Braden Holtby (Washington Capitals) 66 48-9-7 2.20 .922 27
2014-2015 Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens) 66 44-16-6 1.96 .933 27
2013-2014 Tuukka Rask (Boston Bruins) 58 36-15-6 2.04 .930 27
2012-2013 Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus Blue Jackets) 38 (Lockout-Shortened Season) 21-11-6 2.00 .932 25
2011-2012 Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers) 62 39-18-5 1.97 .930 30
2010-2011 Tim Thomas (Boston Bruins) 57 35-11-9 2.00 .938 38

The median age of Vezina Trophy winners in the last ten years is just under 30. The youngest winner over the previous ten years is reigning champion Andrei Vasilevskiy, who was only 24 when he won the Vezina in 2019.

 Players with Multiple Vezina Trophies Since 1981 (Modern Era)

Player Vezina Trophies Years
Dominik Hasek (Buffalo Sabres) 6 1993-1994, 1994-1995, 1996-1997, 1997-1998, 1998-1999, 2000-2001
Martin Brodeur (New Jersey Devils) 4 2002-2003, 2003-2004, 2006-2007, 2007-2008
Patrick Roy (Montreal Canadiens, Colorado Avalanche) 3 1988-1989, 1989-1990, 1991-1992
Tim Thomas (Boston Bruins) 2 2008-2009, 2010-2011
Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus Blue Jackets) 2 2016-2017
Ed Belfour (Chicago Blackhawks) 2 1990-1991, 1992-1993,

From 1946 to 1981, the Vezina Trophy was awarded to the team that allowed the lowest number of goals throughout a full NHL season. As such, the goaltender who played the most games for that team took home the Vezina Trophy. Consequently, the Vezina was regarded as more of a team award than an individual award,

After 1981, the criteria for the award changed. Now, NHL general managers vote on who they believe to be the league’s most dominant goaltender at the conclusion of every season. 


Archived Vezina Trophy Odds: 2020, 2019

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With five years of sports journalism under his belt already, Ryan Sura may be young, but he is already making his mark. He has written for publications such as Fantasy Pros, SB Nation and TSN.ca, covering NFL, NBA, and college sports.