Vezina Trophy Power Rankings: Campbell up to the task in Toronto
In our second edition of theScore's 2021-22 Vezina Trophy Power Rankings, we feature two new netminders that have leaped to the top of the list.
5. Sergei Bobrovsky, Florida Panthers
Previous rank: 4
Bobrovsky is proving that his hot start to the year might not be a fluke. He's still playing at an elite level and is very much looking like his old Vezina-winning self. His .896 high-danger save percentage at five-on-five is tied with Jacob Markstrom for tops among all netminders in the league. The Panthers have firmly established themselves as a legitimate Stanley Cup contender, and they'll be tough to play against all season long with Bobrovsky back on the case.
4. Igor Shesterkin, New York Rangers
Previous rank: 3
The Rangers continue to sit near the top of the league's standings, and Shesterkin's play deserves a lot of the credit. He's facing 32.9 shots per 60 minutes, and New York is often in the defensive end as it ranks dead last in the NHL with a 45.19 Corsi For rating at five-on-five. The Rangers have a ton of talent, but Shesterkin is carrying a lot of the load early in the season.
3. Tristan Jarry, Pittsburgh Penguins
Previous rank: N/A
After a miserable campaign last year, Pittsburgh GM Ron Hextall expressed his confidence in Jarry to rebound this season. The 26-year-old is now playing the best hockey of his career, stopping 175 out of 178 shots over his past six outings. He's helped an often injury-ravaged Penguins team stay competitive. Pittsburgh moved on from Matt Murray last year and entrusted Jarry with the crease, which looks like an A+ move these days.
2. Jacob Markstrom, Calgary Flames
Previous rank: 2
It might be time to hit the panic button in Calgary - Markstrom hasn't recorded a shutout in nearly two weeks. The Flames netminder undoubtedly remains at the top of his game despite cooling off a bit following a torrid stretch when he allowed just one goal over four contests. Markstrom has risen to the occasion every time he's stepped on the ice, ranking second among goalies with a 6.74 high-danger goals saved above average.
1. Jack Campbell, Toronto Maple Leafs
Previous rank: N/A
Campbell hasn't disappointed whatsoever in his first year as a legitimate No. 1 starting goaltender. He's leading the league in nearly every statistical category and is a huge reason the Maple Leafs are one of the NHL's hottest teams. His .946 save percentage, 16.76 goals saved above average, and 1.64 goals-against average all rank No. 1 among netminders. The heavy workload could be a concern moving forward - he's appeared in 18 out of 23 games - but Campbell seems to be the goalie to beat for now.
Honorable mentions: Frederik Andersen (CAR), James Reimer (SJ), Andrei Vasilevskiy (TB)
(Analytics source: Natural Stat Trick)
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