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Vezina Trophy

NHL.com staff picks: Vezina Trophy

Holtby overwhelming favorite to win award for top goaltender

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The 2016 NHL Awards will take place at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on June 22, and NHL.com staffers will be providing their selections for the winners.

The Vezina Trophy is given "to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position." The finalists for the 2015-16 season are Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals, Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings.

Here are NHL.com's staff picks for the Vezina Trophy:

Amalie Benjamin, Staff Writer

Braden Holtby: On the way to winning the Presidents' Trophy with the Capitals, Holtby tied the NHL record with 48 wins. Though his other numbers (2.20 goals-against average, .922 save percentage) were not as good as those of Bishop (2.06, .926), Holtby takes the prize.

Brian Compton, Deputy Managing Editor

Braden Holtby: Holtby has solidified himself as one of the top goaltenders in the NHL. He led the League with 48 wins and had a 2.20 goals-against average and .922 save percentage.

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Nicholas J. Cotsonika, Columnist

Braden Holtby: He was the backbone of the best team in the regular season. He played 66 games and ranked among the leaders in goals-against average and save percentage.

Tom Gulitti, Staff Writer

Braden Holtby: In helping the Capitals to the Presidents' Trophy, Holtby won 48 games, eight more than any other goaltender, in 66 appearances. When Martin Brodeur set the record with 48 wins for the New Jersey Devils in 2006-07, he played in 78 games.

Adam Kimelman, Deputy Managing Editor

Braden Holtby: Tying Brodeur's NHL record for wins wasn't his most impressive accomplishment; his 2.20 goals-against average, fifth in the NHL among goalies to play at least 35 games, despite facing the sixth-most shots in the League was. Holtby played 66 games and gave the Capitals a chance to win almost all of them.

Mike G. Morreale, Staff Writer

Braden Holtby: In tying Brodeur's record, he became the seventh goalie in League history with consecutive 40-win seasons.

Shawn P. Roarke, Director of Editorial

Braden Holtby: In the end, a goalie's job is to let in at least one fewer goal than his opponent. Holtby was better at that than any goalie this season. His 48 wins were 20 percent more than his closest competitor, fellow Vezina finalist Quick (40 wins). Holtby also was the only goalie with more than 50 starts to lose fewer than 10 games (nine) in regulation and fewer than 20 (16) overall.

Dan Rosen, Senior Writer

Ben Bishop: His 2.06 goals-against average and .926 save percentage were first among NHL goalies with 40 or more starts, and his 35 wins were tied for fourth. The Lightning dealt with injuries and inconsistent offense all season, but Bishop stood tall through it all.

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