The National Hockey League announced the finalists for the Vezina Trophy on Friday for the goaltender who has been "adjudged to be the best at this position." This award is voted on annual by the general managers of all 31 teams in the NHL.
The 27-year-old netminder put up some excellent numbers in his fifth season with the Jets, playing in a league-high 58 games and registering a 31-21-5 record. He led the league in both shots faced (1,796) and saves (1,656), while posting a respectable .922 save percentage, a 2.57 goals-against average and a league-high six shutouts. Overall, Hellebuyck has posted a career 148-85-22 record in his time in Winnipeg, while also posting a .917 save percentage, a 2.64 goals-against average and 22 shutouts.
The 33-year-old ended up leading the league in goals-against average for netminders who had player 30 or more games this past season at 2.12, while finishing second in save percentage with a .929 mark. He went on to have another great year in Boston with a 26-8-6 record in 41 starts, while also posting five shutouts. Since taking over as the starting goalie in Boston in the 2012-13 season, Rask is proven to be one of the best goalies in the league, registering a 244-123-53 record in 434 games, while posting a 2.28 goals-against average, a .921 save percentage and 39 shutouts.
Along with backup goaltender Jaroslav Halak, Rask helped lead the Bruins to a league-best 44-14-12 record with 100 points in the standings, which was good enough to earn Boston the Presidents' Trophy. The goaltending duo in Boston also ended up winning the William M. Jennings Trophy this past season for "the goaltender(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against it based on regular season play."
In 52 games played this season in Tampa Bay, Vasilevskiy ended up leading the league with 35 wins, while losing just 14 games in regulation and three games in overtime or a shootout. He also finished his 2019-20 season with a .917 save percentage, a 2.56 goals-against average and three shutouts. In his six years with the Lightning organization, Vasilevskiy has developed into one of the best young goaltenders in the NHL, posting a career 159-73-18 record with a .919 save percentage, a 2.55 goals-against average and 21 shutouts.