The NHL anounced their three finalists for the Vezina Trophy with New York Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin nominated for the first time in his young career.
New York Rangers goalie Igor Shestrekin is one of three finalists nominated for the Vezina Trophy. The trophy is presented annually “to the goaltender adjudged to be the best at his position” and is voted on by the general managers of the NHL’s 32 teams.
Shesterkin, 26, is the first Rangers goaltender since Henrik Lundqvist in 2012-13 to be named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy. Lundqvist was a runner-up that season in his bid for back-to-back Vezina Trophy wins. If Shesterkin were to take home the award, he would become the sixth Ranger to do so and join Henrik Lundqvist (2011-12), John Vanbiesbrouck (1985-86), Ed Giacomin & Gilles Villemure (1970-71), and Dave Kerr (1939-40). (via NYR PR)
Shesterkin posted a 36-13-4 record with a league-leading 2.07 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage.
- Shesterkin’s .935 save percentage was The highest single-season save percentage in Rangers history among goaltenders who made 30 or more appearances.
- Among goaltenders who played 50 or more games, Shesterkin had the third-highest save percentage in NHL history behind Tim Thomas (2010-11 – .938) and Dominik Hasek (1998-99 – .937).
- Among NHL goaltenders in 2021-22, Shesterkin’s 36 wins ranked sixth and his six shutouts ranked third. His 36 wins were tied for the seventh-most by a Rangers goaltender in a single season throughout team history.
- Shesterkin had a .900 save percentage in 75 percent of his starts this season, the highest rate in the NHL (min. 20 starts).
The other finalists for the award are Calgary’s Jacob Markstrom and Nashville’s Juuse Saros.
The winners of the 2022 NHL Awards will be revealed during the Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Final, with exact dates, format and times to be announced.