#3: Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets
2021-22 Stats: 66 Games, 29-27-10 Record, 2.97 GAA, .910 Save %, 4 Shutouts
Hellebuyck is one of three goaltenders in the Central Division who I consider to be legitimate Vezina Trophy caliber. And he’s playing for a team that he’ll have to put on his back with another heavy workload.
The Jets are predicted by many to take a step back in 2022-23, but Hellebuyck can squeeze the most out of this team to possibly still snag a postseason spot.
Hellebuyck won the Vezina Trophy in 2020, finished runner-up in 2018, and finished a respectable fourth place in 2021. He has gotten Hart Trophy votes in the past as well. He is so vital to how far the Jets may go this season.
The Jets may get an uptick in defensive play to benefit Hellebuyck with old school head coach Rick Bowness taking over. This coaching change could possibly help Hellebuyck return to Vezina glory.
Don’t be surprised even if the Jets miss the playoffs that Hellebuyck is once again in the conversation as one of the best goalies in the NHL.