The finalists for the best goalkeeper of the regular season Jacob Markstrom (Calgary Flames), Juuse Saros (Nashville Predators) and Igor Shesterkin (New York Rangers) are already public and it only remains for the vote of the general managers of the 32 NHL franchises to decide who takes the trophy to home.
The three have been indisputable pillars for their teams to have reached the postseasonand their performances have been featured in the NHL’s weekly and monthly awards that reward individual performance, so it’s no wonder they’re on the list of those who have made it to the finals.
Jacob Markstrom (Calgary Flames)
The Swede has made the leap in quality that was expected this season after a disappointing first year with the Flames. Calgary has found in the Swede the prop under the tubes that has allowed them to dominate the Pacific Division and present a solvent candidacy to the Stanley Cup.
His team has the third fewest goals scored in the league, and the nine clean sheets, which in this season alone, exceeds the eight he had in his entire previous career
Juuse Saros (Nashville Predators)
It is not an easy task to occupy the place left by a legend like Pekka Rinne, but this Finn is leaving the credentials that allow him to be credited as the legitimate successor of his compatriot. Undoubtedly one of the reasons why a team like the Preds, oscillating in the middle zone, was at the end of the regular season a lion’s tail before a mouse’s head and reached the playoffs.
Of the 45 victories of the southerners, 38 go to Saros’s personal scoreboard, he has been the goalkeeper with the most games played, 67, all of them as a starter and his only mole has been getting injured at the end of the regular season and being able to help his team in the first round tie against Colorado Avalanche.
Igor Shesterkin (New York Rangers)
When the Russian goalkeeper has his day, the Rangers practically have the victory in their pocketIn fact, the windows in which the Rangers have had less notable results have coincided with the natural drops in performance that their starting goalkeeper has had in a season of 82 games in seven months.
Leader in two notable stats such as the number of goals conceded per game (2.07) and the percentage of effectiveness in saves (93.5%).