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2024 NHL Vezina Trophy Betting Odds

Malcolm Darnley

Updated: Jan 12, 2024

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The NHL awards the Vezina Trophy to the league’s most outstanding goalie each season.

The Vezina Trophy was created in memory of the Montreal Canadiens goaltender George Vezina, who, in 1925, collapsed on the ice during a game and unfortunately passed away several months later from tuberculosis.

Last year, Linus Ullmark of the Boston Bruins was voted the Vezina Trophy winner.

What makes the Ullmark story so interesting is that he was fantastic in the regular season, but come playoff time, his performance was not up to the same standards.

Ullmark and the Bruins were runaway regular season champions but were ousted in the first round of the playoffs.

A large part of their playoff failure took place in the net.

Does that mean Jeremy Swayman will get to lead the Bruins between the pipes this year?

For all your Vezina Trophy questions and insights, we have you covered below.

2022 NHL Vezina Trophy Futures Report

The Favorites

Connor Hellebuyck Was +500 | Now +200

Over his first 30 starts of the season, the Jets Connor Hellebuyck posted a .923 save %, with a

2.20 GAA, and a record of 21-6-3.

Those are Vezina type numbers for sure, and the Jets backstop has climbed to the top of the odds board for all NHL goalies.

Winnipeg has surprised hockey fans across North America by jumping out to the best record in the NHL halfway through this year.

If they finish the regular season as the President’s Cup trophy winners, no doubt Hellebuyck will be a huge reason why and more than likely the newest Vezina trophy winner.

Already with one Vezina Trophy to his credit, Hellebuyck almost made it two last year.

Instead, the Winnipeg starting goalie finished third in Vezina Trophy voting, collecting more than 20% of the final vote.

Last year, in 64 starts, the American-born netminder won 37 games with a 2.40 GAA and a .920 save percentage.

Thatcher Demko +350 – VAN Canucks

There was not a lot of pre-season discussion about the Vancouver Canucks this year. However, when you glance at the odds board for the big NHL Awards, you see a lot of players from Vancouver near the top.

Elias Pettersson, Quinn Hughes, Brock Boeser, and Thatcher Demko are all in consideration for some serious NHL hardware.

That’s a good recipe for a winning team. No surprise, Vancouver trails only the Winnipeg Jets as the best team in the Western Conference after 40 games.

If Vancouver is still contending for first overall at the end of the season, you can bet Demko will be receiving a lot of Vezina consideration.

Jeremy Swayman Was +2500 | Now +650

At +2500, there is no doubt that Jeremy Swayman started the year as a long shot to win the Vezina Award.

When your goalie partner is the defending Vezina champion, the odds might be stacked against you.

Statistically speaking, Swayman was very good last year.

Unfortunately for him, his partner in the net was the best regular-season goalie in the league. It can be hard to earn ice time when that is the case.

But, as we all know by now, the Linus Ullmark happy ending never happened last year, leaving hockey fans wondering how Boston would approach their goaltending situation for the 2023-24 season.

Through the halfway mark of this year, Boston has split games evenly between their goalies. Swayman and his partner, Linus Ullmark, have each played 21 games.

Swayman has been the better of the two goalies so far and might get a few extra starts in the second half.

Needs A Big Second-Half

Juuse Saros Was +500 | Now +2000

NHL Hockey fans already know that 99 is a very famous hockey number.

Of course, the ‘Great One’ put it on the map, but so did the Nashville Predators when they drafted Juuse Saros with the 99th pick of the 2013 NHL draft.

In 286 career games, all with the Predators, Saros has a GAA of 2.58 and a save percentage of .919.

Those are impressive numbers.

For several years, Saros backed up Pekka Rinne, who was also one of the game’s best goalies during his time in Nashville.

Predators fans more than likely weren’t even aware of how good Saros was as a young goalie because he was backing up a Vezina Trophy winner in Rinne.

Saros has taken over the net in the last two and a half seasons and has started more than 150 games during that time.

Last year, the 28-year-old from Finland finished fourth in Vezina Trophy voting, capturing 16% of the total votes.

The New York Contenders

Igor Shesterkin Was +500 | Now +2000

Last year, Igor Shesterkin started 58 games, winning 37 of them. (64%) The New York Rangers starting goalie had a 2.48 GAA and a .916 save percentage.

Those are all great numbers for an NHL goalie, except when you compare them to Shesterkin’s numbers from the year before.

SeasonW/L RecordGAASave %
2021-’2236-132.07.935
2022-’2337-132.48.916

Through 40 games this year, Shesterkin continues to struggle, especially compared to the standards he set two years ago.

A 2.85 GAA and a save % just above .900 is not going to get a lot of Vezina consideration.

Iyla Sorokin was +500 | Now +2000

In 2022-23, some people considered Ilya Sorokin the best goalie in the NHL, and some didn’t even think he was the best goalie playing in New York.

Despite not getting a lot of media attention playing for the New York Islanders, Sorokin did get a lot of Vezina Trophy votes last year.

The 6’3’ Russian star posted a 31-22-7 record, with a 2.34 GAA and .924 save percentage.

Those stats weren’t good enough to give Sorokin the Vezina trophy, but they were probably good enough to earn him the best goalie playing in the state of New York.

This year, Sorokin is not a Vezina candidate so far, or even the best goalie in NYC, despite Shesterkin being just OK.

With a 3.20 GAA and a win percentage well below .500, Sorokin is going to need a big second half to get back to being considered one of the game’s elite goalies.

The Defending Champ

Linus Ullmark Was +1700 | Now +3000

Linus Ullmark won his first Vezina trophy last year, and his regular season stats were great.

The reality is, as good as the regular season was for Ullmark, the playoffs were the exact opposite.

The Boston Bruins had a 2022-23 regular season that was record-setting.

However, in the first round of the playoffs, they were upset by the Florida Panthers despite jumping out to a 3-1 series lead.

Bruins fans were very critical of Ullmark during the first six games of the series.

In Game 7, Boston Head Coach Jim Montgomery decided Ullmark was no longer the guy, and he started Jeremy Swayman.

Ullmark has rebounded from his playoff disaster and is having a very good start to his 2023-24.

It will be interesting to watch how the Bruins use their goalies in the second half of the season and, of course, into the playoffs.

How Is The NHL Vezina Trophy Decided?

Currently, the 32 NHL General Managers do the Vezina Trophy voting.

The award is given to the goalie who is judged to be the best goaltender across the entire league.

The Vezina Trophy at one time was given to the goalies of the team with the best Goals Against Average. (GAA)

Starting in the 1981-’82 season, the criteria switched from the team with the lowest GAA to the current format of just the league’s best goalie winning the award.

The Jennings Trophy is now awarded to the team with the best overall goaltending stats.

Vezina Trophy Futures Betting

Futures betting is all about being well-researched, informed, and ahead of the betting market.

At the beginning of last season, many hockey fans knew that the Boston Bruins had two outstanding goaltenders.

But there are many good NHL goalies, and Ullmark and Swayman looked like many other candidates before the season started.

By the end of the season’s first two months, Ullmark was 14-2 as a starter, and his odds to win the Vezina began to drop.

Astute bettors noticed that Ullmark was becoming the Bruins’ primary goalie, with Swayman playing more of a backup role.

Betting in the futures market is all about spotting trends earlier than the market. Anyone can spot a goalie playing great after 40 games of the season.

Who can spot those great goalies after 15-20 games and buy them at their Best Odds?

Those who paid attention to the first four weeks of the season last year had an opportunity to buy Ullmark at a very great price before his odds to win would shorten considerably in the second half.

Where Can You Bet On NHL Vezina Futures?

As the US and Canadian sports betting landscape continues to legalize and open up, the competition between sportsbooks to earn your business has never been more fierce.

All reputable and legal sportsbooks are offering Vezina futures bets and NHL bets of all sorts.

The best thing that any sports bettor can do to give themselves a significant edge over the house is to exploit the many bonus offerings.

This allows a bettor to gamble with free bonus money, and having multiple accounts set up will enable them to shop for the best available odds each time they want to make a bet.

How To Place An NHL Vezina Futures Bet

To place an NHL MVP futures bet, here are the steps that you need to follow:

  1. Choose a sportsbook with a bonus offer that excites you the most.
  2. Create and log in to your sports betting account.
  3. Click on NHL betting.
  4. Within the NHL betting section, go to “awards.”.
  5. This might also be called “Futures” or “Player Futures”.
  6. Click on the “Vezina Trophy” market.
  7. Select the goalie that you think will win the Vezina award.
  8. Lastly, enter your wager amount and confirm your bet.
  9. Don’t forget to track all of your bets on a spreadsheet or tracking method of your choice.
  10. This will allow you to look back in time and learn from all your previous bets.

2022 NHL Vezina Trophy History

From 1946 until 1981, the Vezina Trophy award was given to the goalie with the lowest GAA in the league.

At the time, it was not uncommon for a goalie to play every game and every minute during a season for his team.

As the schedule was expanded and teams began deploying multiple goaltenders during the course of a season, the league changed its rules to allow for more than one goalie from the same team to win the award.

The 1964 Toronto Maple Leafs had Terry Sawchuk and Johnny Bower sharing the crease, with both goalies putting up outstanding numbers.

When Sawchuk stated that he would not accept the Vezina Trophy if Bower also didn’t have his name inscribed, the league changed its rules.

In the 1981 season, the team with the lowest GAA was no longer the criteria for the Vezina Trophy.

Instead, it was decided that the award would go to the best goaltender within the league and that the 32 General Managers would be the only voters.

Most Recent Vezina Trophy Winners

SeasonNHL MVPTeam
2020-21Marc-Andre FleuryVegas Golden Knights
2019-20Connor HellebuyckWinnipeg Jets
2018-19Andrei VasilevskiyTampa Bay Lightning
2017-18Pekka RinneNashville Predators
2016-17Sergei BobrovskyColumbus Blue Jackets
2015-16Braden HoltbyWashington Capitals
2014-15Carey PriceMontreal Canadiens
2013-14Tuukka RaskBoston Bruins
2012-13Sergei BobrovskyColumbus Blue Jackets
2011-12Henrik LundqvistNew York Rangers

Most Vezina Trophy Awards Since 1981-’82

PlayerTotal
Dominik Hasek6
Martin Brodeur4
Patrick Roy3
Ed Belfour2
Tim Thomas2
Sergei Bobrovsky2
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About the author

Malcolm loves to watch all kinds of different sports. He also writes about them.

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