The Daily Faceoff Show: La Vézina is the juiciest trophy race
The race for the Vézina Trophy is wide open.
On Thursday’s edition of the Daily Faceoff Show, Frank Seravalli and Tyler Yaremchuk discussed their five-way ballots for the league’s top goaltender. Jack Campbell, Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tristan Jarry, Frederik Andersen and Igor Shesterkin made both lists, while Jacob Markstrom and Juuse Saros were among those who missed the cut.
Seravalli: “I think the Vézina this year will be the hardest individual trophy to win because there are so many goalkeepers who are having exceptional seasons.
“For me, I know there’s been a lot of talk about Jack Campbell and how he’s had a great statistical season, a .939 save percentage and four shutouts. He’s been great for the Leafs, I just have a few question marks. What will his season look like as the workload increases?
“You’re going to see an incredible pace in March and April as the schedule is readjusted here due to COVID and there is going to be a ton of work to do. How much does Petr Mrazek make, how much does Campbell make, and how much does that affect his numbers?
“For me Andrei Vasilevskiy is still the best goalkeeper of the game and I think he has the indoor track here.
“But what’s interesting is if you look at our ballots, we both have the same five goalies in different orders. We don’t have Juuse Saros on the roster, there is definitely a case to be made for him. And as the Vancouver Canucks move up the standings, I imagine Thatcher Demko is considered as well.
“It is important to point out that I am not a voter for this award, it is voted on by the general managers of the NHL. It will be an interesting race because there are so many guys you can stand up for.
You can watch the full episode here…