The young NHL season has been full of surprises so far, but perhaps nothing has been quite as astonishing as some of the unexpectedly hot starts from previously under-the-radar goaltenders.
To be sure, the usual suspects like Nashville Predators netminder Pekka Rinne and New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist have gotten off to their characteristically strong starts.
But in the race for the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the season’s best goaltender, there have been some unexpected candidates forcing their names into the conversation in the early goings of the lockout-shortened campaign.
Be it a first-year starter like Anaheim’s Viktor Fasth or a seasoned veteran like Ottawa’s Craig Anderson, all the members of this list share one thing in common—they all are surprising Vezina Trophy candidates in the early goings of the NHL season.
All statistics via ESPN.