The NHL season is about a month old, which makes it the perfect time to lock in a futures bet.
There’s still a lot of time to get solid odds, but you also have time to assess the trends and see how the season is unfolding.
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 Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Caesars Sportsbook.
- Igor Shesterkin, New York Rangers (+300)
- Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning (+500)
- Jake Oettinger, Dallas Stars (+550)
- Ilya Sorokin, New York Islanders (+800)
- Juuse Saros, Nashville Predators (+1000)
- Frederik Andersen, Carolina Hurricanes (+1200)
- Jacob Markström, Calgary Flames (+1200)
- Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets (+1400)
- Carter Hart, Philadelphia Flyers (+2000)
- Jack Campbell, Edmonton Oilers (+2000)
- Tristan Jarry, Pittsburgh Penguins (+2000)
- Thatcher Demko, Vancouver Canucks (+2000)
Igor Shesterkin, the 2022 winner, is unsurprisingly the betting favorite based on his MVP-caliber season. Andrei Vasilevskiy, who has been a finalist in four of the past five seasons and finished fifth in 2022, is right there with him.
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Jake Oettinger, who nearly stole the Stars’ first-round series against the Calgary Flames last season, is off to an other-worldly start and follows the two previous winners. Ilya Sorokin, a popular preseason pick, follows him.
Frederik Andersen, Juuse Saros, and Jacob Markström, three rock-solid starters, follow them. Connor Hellebuyck, the 2020 winner, is climbing the ranks and right after them.
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The NHL odds will be constantly evolving, but those are the favorites at the moment.
2023 Vezina Trophy Prediction
Ilya Sorokin, New York Islanders (+800)
The Islanders are off to a surprising start offensively, but Sorokin has been awesome, too.
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Thus, New York is likely to make the playoffs and may be a dark horse to come out of the Eastern Conference. Since Shesterkin has struggled, and the New York market commands attention, Sorokin stands to be the beneficiary.
2023 Vezina Trophy Candidates
Igor Shesterkin, New York Rangers (+300)
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.
He is likely to be a finalist, even though he has struggled at times out of the gate. But it would be smart to wait and see if Shesterkin’s odds improve before placing a wager on him to go back-to-back.
Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning (+500)
Vasilevskiy is a perennial candidate based on his play and the Lightning sitting near the top of both the Atlantic Division and NHL standings. He’s as good a pick as any since he’s won the trophy twice, and he’s coming off a down year where he only had a .916 save percentage, his lowest since becoming the full-time starter in 2016.
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Fatigue may be a factor since no goalie has played more than Vasilevskiy over the past three seasons — he’s backstopped the Lightning to three straight Stanley Cup Final appearances. But if he remains healthy, he should be under serious consideration come spring.
Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets (+1400)
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 and qualify for the playoffs, Hellebuyck will get credit and probably be a Vezina finalist.
2023 Vezina Trophy Sleepers
Carter Hart, Philadelphia Flyers (+2000)
Hart is having the season Shesterkin did in 2022 through one month, leading the NHL in goals-saved above average while also facing the most shot attempts.
But now is the time to invest in Hart’s candidacy since his odds will only shorten as he keeps playing well and keeps the Flyers in the playoff hunt. Philadelphia is not as talented as New York was last season, which only adds to Hart’s candidacy as long as it can stay in the hunt.
Linus Ullmark, Boston Bruins (+2500)
The Bruins offense has been so good that it is easy to overlook Ullmark’s play through one month.
But given the fact that Ullmark was thrust into action due to Jeremy Swayman‘s early injury, and the fact Ullmark has been exceptional, his candidacy is on the rise.
Vitek Vaněček, New Jersey Devils (+12500)
The Devils have been the surprise of the early season, and like Ullmark, Vaněček has been a big part of that. Vaněček has given New Jersey solid goaltending and has played the bulk of the action due to Mackenzie Blackwood‘s knee injury.
The odds are extremely long, because sportsbooks are still determining if the Devils are for real or not. But Vaněček is the Devils’ candidate, and if he and the team keep playing well, the odds will only shorten.