Who will win the Vezina Trophy in 2019?
By: The NHL Nosebleed Team
Chris Yackel- Andre Vasilevskiy (Tampa Bay Lightning)
The 24-year-old phenom really emerged onto the scene last season when he took over the starting role full time for the Lightning. Vasilevskiy was one of the top candidates last year for the Vezina and will surely be back in the race for it this year. With 44 wins and a .920 save percentage the Lightning netminder will only improve next season into a Vezina trophy.
Jack Fenty- Connor Hellebuyck (Winnipeg Jets)
USA! USA! USA! Last season Hellebuyck set the record for most wins recorded as a United States goaltender with 44 wins. Realistically, Hellebuyck really came out of nowhere last season, and ended up finishing second in voting behind Pekka Rinne for the Vezina Trophy. Hellebuyck’s GAA was 2.36 and his save percentage was .924. While I think it is going to be very hard to improve on his 44 wins, I do believe it is very possible to improve his GAA and save percentage. This is going to be a very successful season for the Jets, and Hellebuyck will be the backbone to a great regular season and a hopeful playoff run.
Colin Noonan- Martin Jones (San Jose Sharks)
Long shot? Yes. But not out of the question. Martin Jones plays behind arguably the best crop of defensemen in the NHL in the wake of the Sharks acquiring Erik Karlsson. His numbers last year were already really good with a .928 save percentage, a 2.55 goals against average, and 30 wins. Expect all of those to increase as the Sharks have a fantastic season backstopped by a fantastic netminder.
Kevin Ebert - Marc Andre Fleury (Vegas Golden Knights)
After one of the greatest postseason displays I’ve ever seen, it wouldn’t be surprising if Flower kept delivering. After being acquired by Vegas in the expansion draft this past year, he brought them to the best record in the Pacific, followed by the Stanley Cup Final. He had a historical playoff run, with a .947 save percentage through the first two rounds. He almost brought the fans an expansion year Stanley Cup, but just fell short. With newfound energy, Fleury will bring Vegas their first Vezina.
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