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Igor Shesterkin is a Finalist for the Vezina Trophy

The NHL has announced that Igor Shesterkin is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy this season.

Shesterkin was sixth in wins (36), first in save percentage and first in goals against.

His save percentage was .935 and second place was .925 and his goals against was 2.07 and second place was 2.17.


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The Vezina Trophy is awarded “to the goaltender adjudged to be the best at his position” and is voted on by the general managers of the NHL’s 32 teams.

From the NHL:

  • Shesterkin posted a League-leading 2.07 goal-against average and .935 save percentage, helping the Rangers (52-24-6) reach 110 points, the third-highest total in franchise history.
  • He recorded the seventh-best save percentage among all NHL goaltenders since the statistic was first officially recorded in 1955-56 (min. 25 GP) and became the second Rangers netminder to top the save percentage chart, following Gump Worsley in 1957-58.
  • He went 36-13-4 with six shutouts in 52 appearances, recording his 30th win of the season in his 41st game – the fewest games required in franchise history.
  • A first-time Vezina Trophy finalist, he is the first Rangers netminder voted in the top three since former teammate Henrik Lundqvist, who made five finalist appearances and took home the trophy in 2011-12. Shesterkin is vying to become the third Rangers goaltender to win the Vezina under the current selection criteria (since 1981-82), joining Lundqvist and John Vanbiesbrouck (1985-86).

From the Rangers:

  • Shesterkin, 26, is the first Rangers goaltender since Henrik Lundqvist in 2012-13 to be named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy. Lundqvist was a runner-up that season in his bid for back-to-back Vezina Trophy wins.
  • If Shesterkin were to take home the award, he would become the sixth Ranger to do so and join Henrik Lundqvist (2011-12), John Vanbiesbrouck (1985-86), Ed Giacomin & Gilles Villemure (1970-71), and Dave Kerr (1939-40).
  • Shesterkin’s .935 save percentage was THE highest single season save percentage in Rangers history among goaltenders who made 30 or more appearances. Among goaltenders who played 50 or more games, Shesterkin had the third highest save percentage in NHL history behind Tim Thomas (2010-11 – .938) and Dominik Hasek (1998-99 – .937). Both Thomas and Hasek won the Vezina Trophy in those seasons.
  • In addition, Shesterkin had a .900 save percentage in 75 percent of his starts this season, the highest rate in the NHL (min. 20 starts).
  • For his efforts in 2021-22, Shesterkin was named the Rangers’ Most Valuable Player, which is voted on by members of the New York Rangers media and has been given annually since the conclusion of the 1941-42 season.

Adam Rotter: Shesterkin being a Finalist, and likely winner, has been a lock since the early part of the season. The last two games have certainly not been his best, but they have also reinforced that he is the main reason that the Rangers had the season they had and made the jump to return to the playoffs. He covered up so many of the mistakes that we’ve seen the Rangers makeand turned so much poor play into points and wins. He likely won’t be a Finalist for the Hart Trophy, but he’s going to get a lot of votes there as well and they will all be deserved.