NHL Vezina Trophy Odds 2022 | Top Goaltender Award Winner Predictions

New Year’s Day is where the hockey season begins for a lot of people.

Sure, the NHL season is two-and-a-half months old at that point, but when football season ends many turn their attention to the ice. The playoffs are around the corner, and as the weather gets colder the jockeying for seeding and those highly coveted playoff spots heats up.

Award winners will separate themselves as the games get more important, meaning now is the time to get those award futures bets in. Here’s a look at the 2021-22 Vezina Trophy race.

2022 NHL Vezina Trophy Odds

Here are the top 15 betting favorites to win the 2022 Vezina Trophy as of December 30, 2021. (Odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook.)

  • Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning (+550)
  • Igor Shesterkin, New York Rangers (+700)
  • Jack Campbell, Toronto Maple Leafs (+800)
  • Jacob Markstrom, Calgary Flames (+1000)
  • Sergei Bobrovsky, Florida Panthers (+1000)
  • Frederik Andersen, Carolina Hurricanes (+1200)
  • Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets (+1400)
  • Robin Lehner, Vegas Golden Knights (+1800)
  • Semyon Varlamov, New York Islanders (+2000)
  • Marc-Andre Fleury, Chicago Blackhawks (+2000)
  • Juuse Saros, Nashville Predators (+2500)
  • Tristan Jarry, Pittsburgh Penguins (+2500)
  • Thatcher Demko, Vancouver Canucks (+2500)
  • Darcy Kuemper, Colorado Avalanche (+2500)
  • Jordan Binnington, St. Louis Blues (+2500)

Vasilevskiy, the 2019 winner who has been a finalist four straight years, is unsurprisingly the favorite since he and the Lightning are once again atop the Atlantic Division standings.

Still, he is just 11th in the NHL in save percentage (.928) among qualifying goalies and 10th in the league in goals-against average (2.14) despite playing the third-most games (24) as of December 30, and there are equally worthy goalies that have longer odds.

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Andersen has been one of the most consistent goalies and plays for the best team in the NHL, making him a terrific value play. Ironically, Andersen is less likely to garner Vezina consideration, despite having his best season as a pro, since he is now playing in Carolina not Toronto.

Shesterkin has been the best goalie in the league and a veritable Hart Trophy candidate as well. The last goalie to win the Hart and Vezina was Carey Price in 2015, and only seven goalies have ever been named the NHL MVP.

Campbell will attract votes since he’s second in save percentage (.937) and tied for fourth in goals-against average (1.94) as of December 30, plus he plays in Toronto, which means Canadian media will advocate for him.

Don’t sleep on Markstrom either, who leads the NHL in shutouts (5) and has terrific stats as well (.933 save percentage, 1.94 GAA).

The NHL odds will keep evolving as the season goes on, and goalies on nonplayoff teams will almost certainly fall off as candidates.

Jack Campbell, Toronto Maple Leafs goalie, patrols the net in November 2021

Jack Campbell ranks among the top five in many goaltending statistics, making him a favorite for the 2022 Vezina Trophy. (Image: USA TODAY Sports)

2022 Vezina Trophy Sleeper Bet Picks

Tristan Jarry, Pittsburgh Penguins (+2500)

Jarry’s odds are dumbfoundingly long especially since he’s been one of the best goalies in the league through two-and-a-half months. Jarry has a .932 save percentage, is tied for second in shutouts (3), is second in the NHL in goals-saved above average (14.8), and has played the second-most minutes of any goalie in the league as of December 30.

It’s time to take that flier on Jarry’s Vezina candidacy now since the Penguins are only climbing the NHL standings — they won seven games in a row before the league’s holiday break. His odds will only improve as Pittsburgh further solidifies its status as a playoff team.

Juuse Saros, Nashville Predators (+2500)

The Predators have given up the second-fewest goals in the Western Conference and have been one of the league’s pleasant surprises. Saros has played the fourth-most minutes in the league, has two shutouts and really good numbers (.923 save percentage, 2.29 GAA as of December 30) while making the second-most starts of any NHL goalie.

Saros plays behind an elite defense, which could work against his Vezina candidacy, but his advanced metrics give him some extra clout. He ranks fourth in high-danger goals-against average (1.02) and ninth in the league in goals-saved above average (8.55) as of December 30 according to Natural Stat Trick.

The value is great, particularly as Saros plays virtually every night, meaning he’ll get significant credit for the Predators’ success as long as they stay in the hunt.

Thatcher Demko, Vancouver Canucks (+2500)

Demko has made the most starts, faced the most shots, made the most high-danger saves and played the most minutes of any NHL goalie thus far. Although his numbers aren’t elite (.920 save percentage, 2.57 GAA), if the Canucks can sneak into the playoff hunt Demko will most likely get the credit.

Vancouver’s playoff odds are long — Hockey Reference gives the Canucks just a 9.4 percent chance of making the playoffs. But the Canucks have caught fire under new coach Bruce Boudreau, which only bolsters Demko’s Vezina candidacy.

2022 Vezina Trophy Prediction

Jacob Markstrom, Calgary Flames (+1000)

It’s no fun betting the favorite, and Shesterkin might be the league’s most valuable player, but it’s hard to imagine him sustaining this pace for a full season. If he does, he’ll deserve both the Vezina and Hart Trophies.

Plus, Markstrom has been arguably the best goalie so far. After a down season in 2020-21, Markstrom has been every bit of the goalie Calgary hoped for when it signed him to a six-year, $36 million contract in the summer of 2020.

He’s second in the league in high-danger goals-against average (0.99), sixth in high-danger save percentage (.864), fourth in goals-saved above average (13.2) and has been especially great away from the Saddledome where he has a .950 save percentage.

Markstrom got a nice break as the Flames have fought off a COVID outbreak, meaning he’ll be fresh for the stretch drive. Markstrom finished fourth two years ago so voters are fully aware of his candidacy. If Calgary can surprise and win the Pacific, Markstrom will almost certainly reap the reward.

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