Connor Hellebuyck was once selected by way of the N.H.L.’s normal managers because the league’s best goalie. He was once the basis of a Winnipeg Jets group that had large turnover in its protection corps. He confronted — and stopped — extra pictures than another goalie, led the N.H.L. in shutouts and completed moment in wins in spite of his group being a perimeter playoff membership that was once eradicated within the qualifying spherical.
“This 12 months was once simply this sort of psychological grind, however was once additionally so a laugh,” Hellebuyck stated, including that he seemed ahead to bigger group luck at some point.
Hellebuyck completed 6th in Hart Trophy vote casting. The closing goaltender to win the Hart was once Carey Worth, with whom Hellebuyck tied for the league prime in video games performed amongst goaltenders this season. Tuukka Rask completed moment, posting the most productive goals-against reasonable whilst anchoring a goalie tandem for the league’s best possible group by way of document, the Boston Bruins. Andrei Vasilevskiy, who received the Vezina closing 12 months and has his Tampa Bay Lightning within the Stanley Cup finals, completed 3rd.
The Nashville Predators’ Roman Josi was once voted because the league’s best possible all-around defenseman. Josi overtook the Washington Capitals’ John Carlson, who was once an early-season favourite, with a mix of talent, aptitude, headiness and consistency. Opposing gamers gave him votes of self assurance all the way through the season, and so did the writers on Monday. Josi completed moment in each and every main offensive class and 7th within the M.V.P. vote casting. The closing Hart winner at the blue line was once Chris Pronger in 2000.
Like Draisaitl, Josi headlines a blossoming hockey program, that of Switzerland. He’s the primary Swiss participant to win the award. Mark Streit’s eighth-place end in 2009 were the easiest end for a Swiss defender.
“I used to be having a look at one of the vital names who’ve received it, and the ones are all names you’ve idolized,” Josi stated. “When I used to be more youthful, Scott Niedermayer was once a man I seemed as much as. I in point of fact cherished his sport. Chris Pronger, Chris Chelios, such a lot of guys. Clearly, Bobby Orr, it was once way back, however to be subsequent to these guys is beautiful cool. Rising up in Switzerland, they at all times looked to be thus far away; it’s improbable my identify is on there beside such a lot of greats who’ve received it ahead of.”
Carlson, the highest scoring defenseman this season, was once the second-place finisher forward of Victor Hedman of the Lightning. Hedman is lately in pursuit of the Stanley Cup and most likely the Conn Smythe Trophy because the postseason M.V.P.