Friday, June 13, 2008

2007-08 Vezina voting

The only real controversy from last night's awards? New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur winning the Vezina over Evgeni Nabokov of the San Jose Sharks, whose supporters feel like their man has been robbed.
Heck, I thought this one was a lot easier to call than most, with the Calder and Jack Adams the real question marks.

Brodeur's save percentage was considerably better, and Gabe Desjardin's data from the midway point of the season indicated the Devils goaltender faced more difficult shots (and had a lower expected save percentage) than Nabokov.

That said, those were the right top two choices, and it's unfathomable Kiprusoff got a first-place vote this season. There are some strange second choices there, too, likely attributable to GMs (not the most unbiased of observers) selecting their own men.

The only award voting totals I don't yet have up now are those for the Selke, which I might not get to until Saturday morning. Regular readers know I've got a special place in my heart for that one anyway.

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At 7:07 p.m., June 13, 2008, Blogger yeahuh said...

whoever gave kiprusoff a 1st place vote is to blame.

At 7:30 p.m., June 13, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Nabby and Kipper changed teams nobody would question who's better. Nobody faced more breakaways, 2-1s and 3-2s than Kiprusoff.

Calgary's "system" is a joke with Iron Mike. Plus his hooks really kills goalie's stats.

At 7:31 p.m., June 13, 2008, Anonymous Andrew said...

"'s unfathomable Kiprusoff got a first-place vote this season. There are some strange second choices there, too..."

Along with that, consider that Brodeur got a total of 29 votes. One GM didn't even have him in the top three.

Nabokov got 28 votes, so there were 2 GMs who failed to have him in the top three.

Vezina trophy? Hm...
1. Kiprusoff
2. Huet
3. Thomas
That sounds about right.

At 9:05 p.m., June 13, 2008, Anonymous Leslie said...

ouphnWow, I really thought it should have gone to Brodeur but EN played a really tough schedule...

At 11:23 p.m., June 13, 2008, Anonymous said...

I'm sorry - I thought the Vezina trophy was supposed to go to the best GOALTENDER.

It makes sense that I misunderstood the award, because I've been wondering how in the world Tomas Vokoun didn't get a single vote.

If in fact the award were actually for the best goaltender, Vokoun should probably have been selected as a finalist, along with Brodeur and Giguere.

At 1:38 a.m., June 14, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I think Vokoun's definitely someone who should have gotten some consideration, but playing on a weak team really hurts goaltenders with this award.

Luongo never got a sniff when he was in Florida. That franchise is going to have to make the playoffs one of these years to get some respect around the league.


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