After his brilliant showing at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver and his tremendous season-long play in leading the Buffalo Sabres
to the Northeast Division title, there was little doubt when last season's NHL Awards rolled around that Ryan Miller
would capture the Vezina Trophy as the League's best goaltender.
This season hasn't gone quite so smooth for Miller, both in terms of his health and the Sabres' play, and while he does his best to round back into form a number of candidates are emerging to try to wrest the Vezina away -- one has already won the award before, another is answering his doubters in a hockey hotbed and a third is looking to prove last season's heroics were no fluke.
The first quarter of the season has been marked by many great goaltending performances -- here is NHL.com writer Brian Hunter's take on who looks to be the most Vezina-worthy to this point.