2013 Vezina Trophy Prediction: Pekka Rinne

Pekka Rinne - 2013 Vezina Trophy - White Cover Magazine
(Photo of Rinne “courtesy” of VHLSIM.net)

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by Puck

Hockey Correspondent and Comedic Shakespeare Character, White Cover Magazine

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1. Pekka Rinne — Nashville Predators

Simply put, I have a major broner for Pekka Rinne. He’s the best goalie in the world, only slightly ahead of the prettiest man in the NHL, New York’s Henrik Lundqvist. Rinne is set to have a fully recognized 2013. With the team just as strong as they were to start 2012, and with star defenceman Ryan Suter bolting the Opry for Minnesota’s Twin Cities, the Predators predictable success will be credited to Rinne and their captain, Shea Weber.

If Nashville makes the playoffs — and they will — Rinne should run away with a deserved first Vezina Trophy.

2. Jonathan Quick — Los Angeles Kings

The kid’s a stud, and his team ended 2012 on one of the greatest tears we’ve ever seen. There’s nothing stopping Quick from climbing the mountain again.

3. Marc-Andre Fleury — Pittsburgh Penguins

He plays on the best team in hockey — they say — and he’s not half-bad himself.

On a separate note: why hasn’t McDonald’s come out with the Marc-Andre Flurry yet? Seriously, you don’t even have to pay me for that one, Mick Dicks.

4. Henrik Lundqvist — New York Rangers

Vezina voters have a tendency to stray from their top choice the year before. Lundqvist grabbed his first Vezina after years of coming oh, so close. Somebody else will take it in Twenty-Thirteen.

Henrik Lundqvist - Being a Boss

5. Tuukka Rask — Boston Bruins

Well, what do you know, Boston? Are you about to find out that your backup goalie is just as capable as Tim Thomas?

I think so.