Devan Dubnyk Named Vezina Finalist


Devan Dubnyk joins Montreal’s Carey Price and Nashville’s Pekka Rinne as a finalist for the Vezina trophy.

The world works in funny ways. Just one season after being traded 3 times and landing in the AHL, Devan Dubnyk of the Minnesota Wild has been named one of three finalists for the Gorges Vezina trophy, awarded to the league’s best goaltender.

Devan Dubnyk, who posted an impressive 27-9-2 record with a 1.72 GAA and a .936 save percentage in 39 starts for the Wild. Acquired in exchange for a 3rd round pick in the 2015 NHL entry draft, we weren’t sure what to expect from Dubnyk as the Wild struggled mightily. In just a few months with the Wild, Dubnyk set a new franchise record for consecutive starts with 38.

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Perhaps most impressive was Devan Dubnyk’s work on the road, where he registered an insane 15-2-1 record to go along with a 1.53 GAA and a .949 save percentage.

Dubnyk has some extremely tough competition, as Carey Price and Pekka Rinne are incredible keepers; however, it’s hard to imagine where this team would be without him.

Combining his time with the Coyotes, Dubnyk finished the regular season with a 36-14-4 record. His 2.07 GAA and .929 save percentage ranked him 2nd in the league.

Dubnyk is just the second Wild goaltender to be named a finalist for the award, joining Niklas Backstrom, who lost out to Tim Thomas in 2009.

All 30 general managers from the NHL will cast votes to determine the winner of the Vezina and several other awards as the season draws to a close. The NHL awards ceremony will be held June 24th in Las Vegas.

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