2020-21 NHL Season Midway Rankings: Vezina Trophy Finalists

Andrei Vasilevskiy #88 of the Tampa Bay Lightning. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Andrei Vasilevskiy #88 of the Tampa Bay Lightning. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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Who are the main contenders for the Vezina Trophy at the halfway point of the 2020-21 NHL season?

It seems hard to believe, but we have already passed the halfway point of the 2020-21 NHL season. Of course, teams have only played roughly 30 games, but this season was shortened to 56-games due to complications caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic. While 30 games isn’t a ton, it is enough of a sample size to show us who is having great years, and who are having ones to forget.

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As for the goalies, there have been plenty who have had fantastic seasons to this point. It has been an interesting year given that the condensed schedule has resulted in teams playing many back-to-back games, which has made the backup position more important than ever. There are many backups around the league who are not only proving they are capable of that role, but perhaps auditioning themselves for a starting role somewhere down the road.

Still, the starters in the league are always the ones who generate the most buzz, some for good reason and some not. Given that we are over halfway through the year, there are some who are starting to generate noise online that they may be in line for the Vezina Trophy, which is the award given to the league’s best goaltender every season. When it comes to picking a Vezina Trophy winner, there are three finalists named before it is decided on who is the winner. Though there is still plenty of time left in the season and things could change, here are the most three deserving of the award as it stands today.

Three main contenders for the Vezina Trophy midway through the 2020-21 NHL Season

3. Marc-Andre Fleury – Vegas Golden Knights

What a season it has been for The Flower. Speaking of backups above, many assumed that Robin Lehner would be the guy in Vegas after they not only traded for him at last year’s Trade Deadline, but signed him to a five-year, $25 million extension after their Playoff run. In fact, there were many trade rumors surrounding Fleury this past offseason, though nothing came to fruition.

The Vegas Golden Knights should be feeling very fortunate that they were unable to work out a trade, as the 36-year-old Fleury looks better than ever this season. He has been forced to play 23 of their 31 games due to Lehner missing time with a concussion, and has been fantastic during that time with a 2.06 Goals Against Average (GAA) along with a .927 Save Percentage (SV%) and a 16-7-0 record.

With Lehner recently being cleared to play and making his return last Friday night, Fleury’s Vezina Trophy status may take a bit of a hit depending on how Head Coach Pete DeBoer chooses to deploy them, but there is no doubt that to this point he has been one of the best goalies in the entire National Hockey League.