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  • Who are the top contenders for the 2019 NHL Vezina Trophy?
  • Look at odds for individual players, plus additional league and conference-specific trends from past years
  • Track, visualize, and interact with a player’s odds as they get longer and shorter throughout the 2018-19 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 sportsbook all year long, providing you with up to date coverage on how futures odds shift for different goaltenders around the league.

NHL Vezina Trophy Top 5 Contenders (December 3rd, 2018)

Player Bovada Odds (12/3/2018)
Pekka Rinne (Nashville Predators) +450
Frederik Andersen (Toronto Maple Leafs) +500
Andrei Vasilevskiy (Tampa Bay Lightning) +600
John Gibson (Anaheim Ducks) +750
Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus Blue Jackets) +750

The Vezina Trophy is a perennially unpredictable award, perhaps more so than any other major award in the NHL. It’s almost impossible 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.

That being said, there are only a handful of elite goaltenders in the NHL who have the potential to win the award. More often than not, goalies who win the Vezina Trophy play in front of a competent defense core, and an above average playoff team. The sole exception to this was in the lockout-shortened 2012-2013 season when Sergei Bobrovsky won the Vezina despite the Blue Jackets failing to qualify for the post-season.

The de facto favorite heading into the 2018-2019 season is Sergei Bobrovsky. He’s heading into a contract year, and he’s got the luxury of playing behind a Columbus team that plays excellent team defense under the tutelage of head coach John Tortorella. He’s a good a bet as anyone to win the Vezina, and he’s one of the league’s most consistent goaltenders.

However, we really like John Gibson’s odds at +750. Only 25 and fresh off an 8-year, $51.2M contract, John Gibsons’s career save percentage of .923 is the highest of any goalie to appear in at least 150 games since the 1955-1956 season. Yes, that means he’s edged out the likes of Ken Dryden, Dominik Hasek, and Tuukka Rask. Gibson is young, possesses the most raw talent in the league, and has one of the best top-4 defenses in the league in front of him. We’d take a chance on him at +750.

Early into the season, he’s putting up heroic numbers in front of hapless Anaheim squad. Unless he gets seriously injured due to the amount of rubber he’s facing, he’ll at least be a nominee.

Another name that’s risen to the top of the fray is Frederick Andersen’s. The 29-year-old has 15 wins, a 2.30 GAA, and 0.931 SV%. If he keeps this up, he’s got a real chance to win his first Vezina. However, he’s still much more of a long shot for the Vezina than his relatively short +500 odds would suggest.

NHL Vezina Trophy Trends to Consider

  • Eight out of the last 10 Vezina Trophy winners had played in the Eastern Conference (The Columbus Blue Jackets were in the Western Conference in 2012-2013, when Sergei Bobrovsky won.)
  • It’s almost impossible for players 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.

2019 Vezina Trophy Odds For Players on Canadian Teams

Connor Hellebuyck has a real chance to win the Vezina this year, as does Frederik Anderson. Both benefit from playing in front of excellent teams that are going to win a lot of games and have the puck more often than not. Goalies that win the Vezina often perform up to the standard of the teams in front of them.

2019 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 ten years. This year, we think Sergei Bobrovsky has a chance to repeat, but the other names on the board have an outside shot at best.

History bodes poorly for players coming off a cup win, such as Braden Holtby; Price’s Canadiens are in shambles;  Tuukka Rask’s play has become significantly more erratic since his first and only Vezina in 2014. However, Pekka Rinne has been lights out despite missing significant time with a concussion this year. Don’t write him off to repeat, just yet.

2019 Vezina Trophy Odds for Western Conference Players

Our Vezina Trophy value pick, John Gibson, plays in the Western Conference. He’s not the only goalie in the West we’d recommend keeping an eye on, as Marc-Andre Fleury and Pekka Rinne are both legitimate contenders as well.

2019 Vezina Trophy Odds for Eastern Conference Players

As we mentioned above, the majority of Vezina winners end up coming from the east. This season, three out of the five favorites for the Vezina play in the East, and the odds are on the trophy going to an Eastern conference goalie again this season.

 Last 10 Vezina Trophy Winners

Year Player Games Played Record GAA Save Percentage Age
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
2009-2010 Ryan Miller (Buffalo Sabres) 69 41-18-8 2.22 .929 30
2008-2009 Tim Thomas (Boston Bruins) 54 36-11-7 2.10 .933 36

The median age of Vezina Trophy winners in the last ten years is 30. The youngest winner over the previous ten years is Sergei Bobrovsky, who was only 25 when he won the Vezina for his outstanding play in the 2012-2013 season.

 

 Players With Multiple Vezina Trophies Since 1981 (Modern Era)

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. As such, 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. 

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,

If you’re looking for more odds on major NHL individual awards, check out our 2019 Hart Trophy odds tracker.