by PuckStopsHere on 01/26/13 at 06:58 PM ET
It's early in a short season. It will be interesting to see when the eventual award winners emerge this season. I expect some will ride a hot start to winning an NHL award. The top goalie so far this season is off to a hot start. He is Ottawa's Craig Anderson.
In three games played Anderson has a 0.67 GAA and a .976 saves percentage to lead the league with both numbers. Anderson is an unlikely choice to win the Vezina and an unlikely choice to have become an NHL starter. He was 26 years old before he played his first full NHL season without a trip to the AHL. He has put up some very strong short runs in his NHL career and this has allowed him to be a starter. He was 28 before he became a clear NHL starter for the first time. He has lacked the consistency and stamina to match the numbers he posted as a back-up in a starting role anywhere. Perhaps a shortened season will benefit him given that he is off to a fast start. It will be interesting to see if Anderson remains in the Vezina race by the end of the season. Will he have a good enough season to get any votes? Right now he has been the best goalie in the first few games of the season.
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