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2023/24 NHL season: Vezina Trophy favourites

A good goaltender is an integral part of any NHL team's success, and the best at the position in a single season will take home the Vezina Trophy.

Here are the current odds and a breakdown of the contenders for the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the league’s best regular season goaltender.

2023/24 NHL Vezina Trophy odds

Connor Hellebuyck

-300

Thatcher Demko

+350

Adin Hill

+1200

Sergei Bobrovsky

+1800

Jeremy Swayman

+2000

Jacob Markstrom

+2200

Linus Ullmark

+3500

Cam Talbot

+4000

Ilya Sorokin

+4000

Igor Shesterkin

+4500

Connor Hellebuyck: -300

The odds for Connor Hellebuyck to bring home the Vezina keep getting shorter. Hellebuyck leads the NHL in goals against average and is second in save percentage. His fantastic play has played a significant factor in the success of the Winnipeg Jets this season.

Winnipeg has the second-best winning percentage in the Western Conference and the fifth-best in the NHL. The Jets lead the NHL with the fewest goals allowed per game both overall and at five-on-five strength.

While they are well-coached and play good defense, those league rankings would not be nearly as impressive without Hellebuyck. If he stays healthy down the stretch and does not hit any kind of slump, this looks like his to lose.

Thatcher Demko: +350

The league leading goaltender in wins is the Vancouver Canucks’ Thatcher Demko. Demko has been leaned on heavily as he has played 44 games, which is the third most among NHL goalies. He has rewarded head coach Rick Tocchet appropriately for the workload to the tune of a 31-12-1 record.

Demko has five shutouts this season which is good for tied-second in the NHL, and is very much a key part of the league-leading Canucks.

In similar fashion to Hellebuyck, the team in front of Demko is very good and well-coached,

Demko brings stability to this team which allows them to keep the consistency they have maintained all season. He gives his team a chance to win every single game. The statistics and responsibility placed on him reflect his impact.

Adin Hill: +1200

Adin Hill was stellar in the playoffs last year and has been the most impressive goalie on his team - the Vegas Golden Knights - this year. The caveat of “on his team” is due to Logan Thompson having started 11 more games than Hill thus far this season.

Despite that, Hill has the third best odds for the Vezina due to his performance when he is in net. Hill’s .927 save percentage is the best in the NHL, while his 2.27 goals against average is second-best.

As it seems happens every year to the Golden Knights, they have gone through injury trouble once again. Hill has brought much needed consistency to a roster that has experienced plenty of turnover.

Vegas ranks top 10 in goals allowed per game and they are second in the Pacific. Adin Hill is a key reason.

Sergei Bobrovsky: +1800

Sergei Bobrovsky is another goalie that has been leaned on heavily by his team, the Florida Panthers. His workload has been due to a combination of very good performance and a less reliable goalie competing against Bobrovsky for minutes.

The Panthers have the second best win percentage in the NHL and have a very good case for being the best team in the NHL. They look truly elite. As with several of the aforementioned goalies, their team would likely not be anywhere near that level were it not for Bobrovsky.

In 42 games started, Bobrovsky has tallied an NHL third-best 28 wins, he has the joint-third best goals against average with 2.36, and a .916 save percentage.

The Panthers are second in the league in goals allowed per game which is a testament to a few factors, but one significant factor is Bobrovsky.

He already has two Vezina Trophies to his name. While he would have some work to do yet this season, a third would not be out of the question.

Jeremy Swayman: +2000

The Bruins have arguably the best goalie tandem in the NHL. For the second straight year, both Jeremy Swayman and Linus Ullmark have been fantastic.

Last year, Ullmark won the Vezina but this year, it is Swayman that has played more games and amassed better statistics. Swayman’s .920 save percentage is the third-best in the NHL and his Bruins are once again one of the best teams in the league.

The Bruins are a very good team top to bottom. But Swayman would not be in this conversation or the top five in odds for the Vezina if he were not a reason for the success of his team.

At just 25 years of age, Swayman has worked his way into the conversation of being one of the elite NHL goalies with a third consecutive great year.

Odds mentioned in this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

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