Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was named this year’s Vezina Trophy winner at the 2017 NHL Awards show on Wednesday. This is the second time that the 28-year-old has won the award, which is given to the top goaltender in the league.
He is now the only active NHL goaltender with multiple Vezina wins on his resume.
The Blue Jackets’ huge turnaround en route to the playoffs started with Bobrovsky. He was unstoppable with a .931 save percentage and a 2.06 goals allowed average — leading the league in both stats — over 63 starts. For all the improvements made by Columbus, Brobrovsky’s rebound tops the list.
During the previous two seasons, Bobrovsky had stumbled with a .914 save percentage and 2.71 GAA over 88 appearances. He was starting to look overpaid with a $7.425 million cap hit, but those concerns were silenced by a dominant 2016-17 that shows he’s still on top of his game.
Bobrovsky now has two Vezina Trophies after winning it in 2012-13 as a 24-year-old. That year, which was shortened by the lockout, saw the goalie post a .932 save percentage in 38 appearances.
In order to win his second Vezina Trophy, Bobrovsky topped finalists Carey Price and Braden Holtby. Price finished with a .923 save percentage in 62 appearances. Holtby was slightly better with a .925 save percentage in 63 appearances. Neither of those two guys could beat out Bobrovsky, however.
Here’s how the voting went down: