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Has Toronto Maple Leafs' Jonathan Bernier Entered 2013-14 Vezina Trophy Race?


Jonathan Bernier has been the MVP for the Toronto Maple Leafs more than the team's very first 60 games.

The Leafs sit one stage out of third in the Eastern Conference, and if you have watched a great deal of their video games in the 2013-14 season, you know that both Bernier and fellow netminder James Reimer have bailed the group out on numerous evenings.

Bernier was a essential off-season acquisition for the club from the Los Angeles Kings. The 25-12 months-old native of Laval, Quebec, was not going to get the chance to be the starter with the Kings behind the quite talented Jonathan Rapid.

Even though the Leafs had Reimer in spot, Bernier had been tagged as a probably dominant goaltender at the NHL degree if provided the chance. Bernier has not played a complete season nevertheless, but he has fundamentally aced the test so far.

With just more than twenty games left in the season, it really is not also early to commence handicapping who might be in contention for the Vezina Trophy, which is awarded to the league's outstanding goaltender.

Goalies are typically picked from teams that have had at least modest success above the course of the year. If a club is not in or close to a playoff spot, it is unlikely to function a goaltender who will get critical consideration for the award.

Whilst most teams have shared duties in the today's NHL Authentic Jarret Stoll Jersey, Vezina contenders usually perform the bulk of video games for their teams.

Here are the statistical leaders in the key goaltending classes therefore far:

Goalie Name Save % G.A.A. Saves Shutouts Wins T.O.I
Jonathan Bernier .927 two.fifty five one,339 1 22 2470:23
Ben Bishop .933 one Authentic Wayne Gretzky Jersey.98 one,147 four 28 2490:33
Sergei Bobrovsky .918 two.52 993 two twenty 2115:42
Marc-Andre Fleury Jonathan Quick Jersey.919 two.23 1,174 four 31 2795:23
Jaroslav Halak .915 2.26 885 four 24 2179:41
Josh Harding .933 one.65 644 3 18 1667:40
Jonas Hiller .917 two.34 988 four 25 2310:26
Henrik Lundqvist .918 two.44 1,141 three 22 2513:04
Carey Price .925 2.33 one,350 4 26 2807:32
Tuukka Rask .928 two.eleven 1,123 five 25 2469:43
Cory Schneider .926 1.85 741 3 eleven 1914:eleven
Mike Smith .913 two.77 1,369 two twenty 2833:34
Semyon Varlamov .924 2.48 1,327 1 28 2634:eleven

A few names leap out from the list for posting great numbers in numerous categories, and Bernier is one of them. Eventually, save percentage, shutouts, minutes played and ambitions-against common are going to be the most important factors in the variety of the Vezina Trophy winner.

While save percentage is also an indicator of excellent group defensive perform, it provides a better indication of a goaltender's quality when mixed with raw saves. The top quality of shots is not factored in with these two stats, but NHL followers will know that Bernier has passed the eye test right here, as he is created a quantity of top quality saves above the 2013-14 season.

Who is your decision for the Vezina Trophy correct now?
Who is your choice for the Vezina Trophy right now?
Jonathan Bernier. No one's been much better.
Ben Bishop. He is been outstanding
Josh Harding. Excellent story and goalie.
Carey Price. He's been dynamite.
Tuukka Rask. Dominant goalie once again.
A person else has been far better.
Total votes: 1,688

Top a very excellent group or getting an essential factor in an average staff currently being much better than mediocre are also criteria that will be regarded

Bernier, Ben Bishop, Josh Harding, Carey Price tag, Tuukka Rask and Semyon Varlamov are most likely recent front-runners.

If Bernier continues his large degree of perform, specially his wonderful conserve percentage, there is every single cause to think he will be a contender for the Vezina this spring.

A Bernier win would be Toronto's very first since the award was a crew a single and was provided to Johnny Bower and Terry Sawchuk following the 1964-65 season.