In the NHL, the most important position is the netminder and that has been proven single handedly by Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask. But while Rask has had an outstanding postseason so far, he wasn’t the best netminder in the eyes of the NHL as Columbus Blue Jackets netminder Sergei Bobrovsky deservedly won the Vezina Trophy which honors the best goalie of the season.
— NHL (@NHL) June 15, 2013
Bobrovsky burst onto the scene in 2013 as one of the best young goalies in the game today, and he’s helping to lead the NHL into a new era of netminding. While Tuukka Rask and Corey Crawford are getting most of the attention now due to their standing in the Stanley Cup Finals, Bobrovsky had one of the best seasons we’ve seen out of a goalie and he did it on a team that historically hasn’t been that good.
But he brought back memories of watching John Vanbiesbrouck with the Florida Panthers and how he helped make that franchise relevant. Bobrovsky didn’t come close to having the amazing ride to the Stanley Cup Finals that Vanbiesbrouck had back in 1997 but he did make the Blue Jackets contenders and has a lot of fans in Ohio very excited about hockey for the first time in a long time.
He’s the Vezina Trophy winner this year but his importance to the Blue Jackets and to the future of hockey is so much more valuable.