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Midseason Vezina Trophy picks

January 7, 2019, 11:30 AM ET [20 Comments]
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In this edition of the hotstove, we share our midseason picks for the Vezina Trophy.

Todd Cordell

John Gibson.

He owns a .923 save percentage, which is miles ahead of his expected save percentage of .901 (via corsica). That differential is easily the largest among all goaltenders. Gibson is also a distant 1st in Goals Saved Above Average at +24.89. For perspective of how insane that is, Jaroslav Halak sits 2nd at +12.27.

Gibson has played more games than all but Marc-Andre Fleury and is at or near the top of the list in every important goalie metric. This despite playing for an Anaheim team has dealt with a *ton* of injuries and given up shots/chances at a crazy rate all year long. If not for Gibson, they'd be nowhere close to a playoff spot.

Peter Tessier

It's Freddy Anderson and in my opinion it's not even close. The guy faced more rubber than the Trans-Canada highway before the Leafs roster was back to normal and now the test comes to see if they can sustain without him.

Yes other goalies- John Gibson, are having a great years and certainly not with the talent in front that the Leafs have but he does have a defense. Imagine Anderson without that Leafs offense though- how much more shot volume would he face? #giveittofreddy

James Tanner

I have to go with John Gibson. He has a .923% and he has the Ducks in the playoffs, even though they've suffered a lot of injuries, and Getzlaf is well outside his prime. Their best forward is Andrej Kase, and while he's a nice underrated player, he shouldn't be anyone's best forward. I like their defense quite a bit, but their forwards and coach leave a lot to be desired. Despite this, Gibson has them propped up all the way into a playoff spot. He deserves the Vezina for sure, and arguably the Hart.

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