Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning has been voted as one of the top three goaltenders in the league for the 2017-18 season. Other finalists include Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators and Connor Hellebuyck of the Winnipeg Jets.
During the off-season many wondered whether Vasilevskiy could lead a top-tier team in the league for an entire season. Some questioned whether he had the skills to replace Ben Bishop.
This season, Vasilevskiy quieted his critics, finishing the season with 44 wins in 65 games, first in wins and fourth-most in games played in the league. His .920 save percentage this season, a 0.03 point increase from his save percentage last season, was near the top of the league for the majority of the season until near the end when it fell to 12th.
Vasilevskiy set franchise records in wins (44) and shutouts (8) to propel the @TBLightning to their best season ever.
He became the 12th different goalie in NHL history to finish a season with at least a share of the NHL lead in wins prior to his 24th birthday. #NHLAwards