Quick, Vezina, Lundqvist Named Vezina Finalists

Posted: April 25, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Los Angeles Kings, Nashville Predators, New York Rangers

Henrik Lundqvist

39-18-5, 8 shutouts, 1.97GAA, .930SP

  • 3rd in shutouts
  • 3rd in goals-against average
  • 3rd in save percentage
  • 3rd in wins

Jonathan Quick

35-21-13 , 11 shutouts, 1.95GAA, .929SP

  • 1st in shutouts
  • 1st in goals-against average
  • 3rd in save percentage
  • Tied for 5th in wins

Pekka Rinne

43-18-0, 5 shutouts, 2.39GAA, .923SP

  • Tied for 10th in shutouts
  • 10th in goals-against average
  • 5th in save percentage
  • 1st in wins
  • Tied for 1st in appearances

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, Nashville Predators netminder Pekka Rinne and Los Angeles Kings puck stopper Jonathan Quick were announced Wednesday as finalists for the Vezina Trophy.

Lundqvist is back as a finalist after being among the final three from 2006 to 2008. The Swedish native helped back stop Rangers  to first in the east this year, finishing in the top 5 in every meaningful statistical category.

Quick was the biggest reason by far that the Kings were able to squeak into the playoffs, with an NHL-best 11 shutouts. He lost six separate games by a 1-0 score, as his teammates were a lowly 29th of 30 teams in goal production this season. In my opinion, Quick wins it this year.

Rinne is a finalist for a second consecutive season. In addition to being up for the award last season he finished fourth in Hart Trophy voting as league most valuable player. This season, the six-foot-five Finn faced more rubber than any other goaltender but still managed to finish fifth in save percentage.

The Good: Rinne is a big goalie that covers the net well, thanks to uncanny flexibility and lightning-fast reflexes. He also uses his athletic ability to make tough saves after he gets out of position. He never quits on a play, and can be spectacular when he has to be, which is often due to the Predators weak offense. He always works hard at constantly improving his game.  Predator fans can’t count the number of times he bailed them out during the regular season, taking over a game in the third period, or making the big save when it counted. Rinne was a Vezina Canadiate last season, and could easily be one this year. It took a while, but Rinne is one of the best goaltenders in the NHL. Preds goalie coach has worked with some very strong goalies, such as Chris Mason, Tomas Vokoun, Dan Ellis and Anders Lindback, so Rinne is in good hands. 40+ wins for Rinne sounds achievable.

 

 

 

The Good: Lundqvist is no question a highly talented goalie. He has a very calm style of playing, and often moves out well to cover shots. Moves well, has good reflexes and uses his blocker well. Has a strong will to win and really hates losing. There isn’t many goalies who play better under pressure. He has great anticipation and can make spectacular saves look routine. Extremely competitive, he has performed at a very high level in just about every league or tournament he’s played in. He takes away most of the bottom of the net and has spectacular lateral movement. Lundqvist is one of the leagues top elite goaltenders, and since he was picked 205th overall in 2000, he was a great find by the New York Rangers.

 

The Good: Jonathan Quick has good size, tremendous quickness (Ht: 6-1 Wt: 214), durability and an aggressive workhorse mentality. He is very focused, displays supreme confidence in his ability to stop the puck. He can often been seen making highlight-reel stops and bailing out the Kings, who don’t remember how to score.  Quick is an athletic butterfly style goalie who moves laterally across the crease well and stays square to the shooter. He sometimes plays high on the crease, with a solid glove hand, challenging the opposition and cutting down on the angles. He is also an intense competitor and is best known for never giving up on a play. Scouts say his best attributes  are his athleticism, competitiveness and confidence. All-Star Goaltender.

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