We’re past the halfway point of the NHL season, which means there’s still time to get great odds for futures bets.
Here’s a look at the 2023 Vezina Trophy race.
2023 NHL Vezina Trophy Odds
Here are the betting favorites to win the 2023 Vezina Trophy as of Monday, Feb. 13, at Caesars Sportsbook.
- Linus Ullmark, Boston Bruins (-175)
- Ilya Sorokin, New York Islanders (+450)
- Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets (+550)
- Jake Oettinger, Dallas Stars (+900)
- Igor Shesterkin, New York Rangers (+1400)
- Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning (+1600)
- Juuse Saros, Nashville Predators (+2000)
Linus Ullmark has taken the reins in goal in Boston and run with them to best record in the NHL. He had a .937 save percentage and 1.90 goals-against average in 33 starts through the unofficial first half of the season, and thus became the clear favorite.
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Still, Ullmark isn’t the only candidate for Vezina at this point, and trailing him is Ilya Sorokin of the New York Islanders. Sorokin has been exceptional, keeping New York within striking distance for the playoffs at this point.
Following Ullmark and Sorokin is 2020 winner Connor Hellebuyck, who has been lights-out for the Jets, who are among the dark-horse candidates to win the Western Conference.
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Jake Oettinger follows them. Oettinger got off to a blistering start for the Dallas Stars but has cooled off even if his team is among the leaders in the Western Conference.
NHL odds will be constantly evolving, but those are the favorites at the moment.
2023 Vezina Trophy Prediction
Linus Ullmark, Boston Bruins (-175)
Ullmark was supposed to share the net with Jeremy Swayman this season, but Swayman’s injury left the net to Ullmark, and thus far the goalie has not given it up.
The Bruins offense usually gets credit for the team’s success, but given how Boston has run roughshod over the rest of the league thus far, and every marquee player should be in the hunt for an individual award.
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Ullmark’s candidacy is still a bit tenuous since he’s never made more than 41 starts in a season. But if he keeps playing at the pace he’s set, he’ll win the award.
2023 Vezina Trophy Candidates
Ilya Sorokin, New York Islanders (+450)
Sorokin was my pick before the season, but Ullmark’s emergence has made a Vezina win look unlikely.
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The Isles goalie hasn’t been flawless, but he’s been good enough to keep his team in playoff contention for the rest of the season. If Ullmark falters, Sorokin stands to be the benefactor.
Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets (+550)
Hellebuyck is playing like the goalie who won the Vezina in 2020 and will get a boost by playing under coach Rick Bowness, whose system of defense and score-prevention will generally keep his team competitive.
If the Jets remain near the top of the awful Central Division, Hellebuyck will get credit and probably be a Vezina finalist.
2023 Vezina Trophy Sleepers
Igor Shesterkin, New York Rangers (+1400)
Duplicating his 2022 season was always impossible, but Shesterkin is the consensus top goalie in the sport, and that’s who the Vezina Trophy is given to each spring.
Shesterkin struggled early but has come on, just like the Rangers. It’s a real longshot, but if he stands on his head from until the playoffs, it’s not out of the question.
Juuse Saros, Nashville Predators (+2000)
Saros has been Nashville’s best player, and as usual, one of the most relied-on goalies in the NHL. The odds are really long, and Saros would have to step up his play even more, but he was a finalist last season and has been even better in 2022-23.