Vegas Golden Knights goalkeeper Marc-Andre Fleury, who was in his 17th season in the NHL, received his first nomination for the Vezina Trophy, which is awarded to the best goalkeeper in the NHL.
Fleury, Philipp Grubauer of Colorado Avalanche and Andrei Vasilevskiy of Tampa Bay Lightning were selected as finalists by the league’s executives.
Fleury, 36, finished third in his 36 games this season in the NHL for wins (26), goal-versus-average (1.98), savings rate (0.928) and shutouts (6). He and goalkeeper Robin Lehner together won the Jennings Trophy for Vegas as the team that allowed the fewest goals in the regular season.
His highest previous ranking in the vote was fourth overall in 2018-19. The nomination comes after a turbulent year for Fleury, in which he lost to Lehner in the 2020 playoffs and had the opportunity to be exchanged for the Cap place in the off-season. He then won the starting job back while Lehner was out with a concussion for more than a month, leading the Knights to an 82-point season that was equal to Colorado for most in the NHL.
Grubauer, the starting goalie of the Avalanche, also received his first nomination for the Vezina. He was tied with seven shutouts for the league leadership and finished second in 40 games for first-placed Colorado in both wins (30) and goals against average (1.95).
This is Vasilevskiy’s fourth consecutive nomination for Vezina after winning the 2018/19 award. He led the NHL in victories in those seasons, including his 31-10-1 record in the 2020-21 season. The Lightning goalkeeper had a save percentage of 0.925 and an average of 2.21 goals.
Goalkeepers who failed included Winnipeg goalkeeper Connor Hellebuyck, last season’s Vezina winner, who appeared in 45 of the Jets’ 56 games that season; Semyon Varlamov of the New York Islanders, who has had seven shutouts and a savings rate of 0.929 that season; and Juuse Saros of the Nashville Predators, who led the team to a playoff spot in the Central Division with a 21-11-1 record and a save percentage of 0.927.