[tps_header]Vezina Trophy (Best goalie): Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche[/tps_header]
If there’s one player who contributed more the the Colorado Avalanche’s remarkable turnaround season than any other, it would be Semyon Varlamov. Despite playing behind a weak defense, Varlamov dazzled between the pipes all year long, winning a franchise-record 41 games for the Avs. He tied for second in the NHL with a .927 save percentage, a number that’s even more impressive when you consider the fact that he faced a league-high 2,013 shots.
There are certainly other legitimate contenders for the Vezina besides Varlamov, including Tuukka Rask and Ben Bishop. Rask was once again stellar in the net for Boston, while Bishop had a breakout season to help Tampa Bay overcome Steven Stamkos’ broken leg. However, this award should still go to Varlamov. Simply put, Colorado doesn’t pull off its unbelievable season without him in the net.