The Vezina Trophy is an annual award given to the best goaltender in the NHL. You can bet on who will win the trophy at the end of the season. This article looks at the Vezina Trophy odds at time of writing.
The Vezina Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League’s most outstanding goaltender, as voted by general managers of all NHL teams. The trophy was first handed out in 1927.
The Vezina Memorial Trophy is an award given to the National Hockey League’s goaltender who is judged to be the best at this position. It was first awarded in 1927-28 to honour Georges Vézina, a former Montreal Canadiens ice hockey goaltender.
The trophy was donated by the NHL’s Board of Governors.
About the Vezina Trophy
The Vezina Trophy is awarded annually to the goaltender adjudged to be the best at this position as voted by the NHL General Managers.
To be eligible for the award, a goaltender must be:
1) a member of a team; and
2) have played at least 25 games for that team.
The Importance of a Good Goaltender
The goalies in hockey are a very important position on the team. They are in charge of stopping the puck from going into the net. The higher the save percentage a goalie can achieve the better the chances of his team winning.
It is essential that goaltenders avoid mistakes as one error could cost their team a game. As a result, a good goaltender is key to a teams success.
The best goalies are always aware of what is happening on the ice and are quick on their feet. They are always focused on stopping any chance of scoring for their opponent, playing a key part in winning games for their team.
Puck handling skills: A goaltender needs to be able to control the puck with their stick or their body in all situations. This includes when they are catching a pass from a teammate or trying to take it out of their own zone.
Goalie general skills: There are many different types of saves that goaltenders need to know how to do, including lunging saves, poke-checking saves, and side-to-side sliding saves.
To be a professional goaltender in the NHL a player must be exceptional in all facets of goaltending. To be in consideration for the Vezina trophy a player must perform at a truly exceptional level.
Here are the top contenders at the time of writing:
Please note that all odds below are at the time of writing and are subject to change. For the latest odds check out our NHL odds.
Ilya Sorokin – NHL Vezina Trophy Odds
The New York Islanders goaltender leads the betting for the 22/23 Vezina trophy at +375 at the time of writing. Many believed that Sorokin was hard done by last season. However, his performances so far have earned him the favourite tag.
Linus Ullmark – NHL Vezina Trophy Odds
Second favourite at the time of writing at +450. Many experts believe that Ullmark is a solid shout for the Vezina Trophy.
Connor Hellebuyck – NHL Vezina Trophy Odds
The Winnipeg Jets goalie is currently+500 in the betting. Many Canadian hockey fans as well as journalists believe he is in the running.
Igor Shesterkin – NHL Vezina Trophy Odds
Jake Oettinger – NHL Vezina Trophy Odds
A bit of distance away from the leading pack at +1000. However, as the season develops his odds may shorten as he settles back in from injury.
Alexandar Georgiev – Odds
Some believe the Avalanche goaltender could be a longshot worth looking at more at +1400 (time of writing).
Andrei Vasilevskiy – Odds
Tampa Bay Lightning’ Vasilevskiy is +1400 to win the Vezina Trophy at the time of writing. Same odds currently as the Avalanche goalie.
Currently, the consensus is that Ilya Sorokin has one hand on the trophy. However, there is plenty left to play in the season and as a result, anything could happen.
However, Ullmark, Hellebuyck and Shesterkin are all well-positioned if they can maintain consistency across the season.
All in all, the competition for the league’s best goaltender is heating up. Only time will tell who will win. At the moment, we see a clear group of favourites emerge.
As it stands there is a good chance it could be any of the leading packs. In conclusion, is will be interesting to see who will be the eventual winner of the Vezina trophy.