Washington Capitals starting netminder Braden Holtby finished the 2015-16 regular season with an impressive 48-9-5 record, posting three shutouts and recording a .922 save percentage in all situations.
That was good enough to tie Martin Brodeur’s record for the most wins in an NHL regular season – and now, it’s good enough to earn him a spot as one of the league’s three Vezina Trophy finalists, putting him in contention for the league’s goaltender of the year award for his record-tying season.
Holtby joined fellow netminders Ben Bishop and Jonathan Quick as the league’s three finalists for the award. The winner will be announced this summer at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Bishop was an unsurprising second choice out of the trio, finishing his own 2015-16 campaign with a .926 save percentage in all situations through 61 games played and a 35-21-1 record. He contributed with an impressive six shutouts during the year to help him earn the recognition, including his 15th shutout while with the Tampa Bay Lightning to set the team’s shutout record.
The third finalist, Jonathan Quick, was certainly a dark horse for the nomination – but was given the honors likely due to his 40 wins on the year, which came with a .918 save percentage and five shutouts. His 40-23-2 record through a 68-game season was his best record-wise through his NHL career – and although his raw numbers didn’t draw the same notice that some other goaltenders’ stats did, the GMs who selected him as a finalist likely valued the wins enough to give him the nod.