Having fun guessing who will be the best goalie in three years, the website of the National Hockey League did not accept the candidacy of Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens, preferring instead the Russians Andrei Vasilevskiy and Igor Shesterkin.
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Vasilevskiy, who just won the Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning, was the choice of three of the eight collaborators who participated in the debate.
“To predict who might be the best goalie in three seasons, let’s take a look at the past three seasons. Vasilevskiy, with a record of 118-41-10, had the most wins, he is tied for shutouts (17, like Marc-André Fleury) and is ranked fourth for efficiency rating (, 921 ) among the 36 goalkeepers who played at least 100 matches between 2017 and 2020, notably justified David Satriano. We can expect similar success for Vasilevskiy and the Lightning for the next three seasons. ”
Bright future for Shesterkin?
Two more daring collaborators selected the young Igor Shesterkin, of the New York Rangers. The 24-year-old goaltender, a logical candidate for the next Calder Trophy for Rookie of the Year, has only appeared in 12 National Hockey League games so far. However, he maintained a 10-2-0 record, a 2.52 goals-against average and a .932 save rate.
“With the support of star strikers Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanejad, in addition to Alexis Lafrenière, Kaapo Kakko and defender Adam Fox, it gives Shesterkin a chance to be the next Vasilevskiy,” wrote Pete Jensen.
The other three goalies who got one vote each were: Carter Hart of the Philadelphia Flyers, Connor Hellebuyck of the Winnipeg Jets, and Robin Lehner of the Vegas Golden Knights.