The NHL announced Tuesday that Marc-Andre Fleury, Andrei Vasilevskiy and Philipp Grubauer are the three finalists for the Vezina Trophy. Noticeably absent from the list was Nashville's Juuse Saros, who had one of the best seasons between the posts in the League this year and was the sole reason the Predators even made the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Fleury and Vasilevskiy absolutely deserve to be two of the finalists for the award, but just take a look at some of the numbers between Saros and Grubauer.
I guess we're making the Vezina a team achievement award this season, because if we're going by actual goaltending statistics, there really isn't any logical argument to have Grubauer ahead of Saros. Hell, in addition to being the reason the Preds even made the playoffs, Saros had back-to-back 50-save games in Nashville's series against Carolina to even push it to six games. He was Nashville's best player on the ice in pretty much every game he played.
Also, Saros was playing behind guys nowhere near as good as the skaters in front of Grubauer — or any of those three guys, for that matter. His numbers were better despite the fact he was having to stop better chances.
I have been driving the Juuse Saros Hype Train for several years and at the very least, I'm glad this year showed he'll be a Vezina finalist — and probably winner — at some point in his career, but he should have been one today. The 60-year-old GMs who vote on these awards should start looking at more stats other than wins and shutouts or we should change the people who are voting on this stuff.