Pekka Rinne was named first on at least one Vezina Trophy ballot.
“I voted for him number-one,” Nashville Predators general manager David Poile said.
Chances are he was not the only one.
Rinne, the Nashville netminder, appeared on enough ballots to be named one of the three finalists, the NHL announced Wednesday. Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings also were named finalists.
The league’s 30 general managers voted on the award, which is presented annually to the top goalie.
Having led the league with 43 wins (a franchise record), Rinne has a chance to become the first Nashville player ever to win one of the league’s performance-based trophies. He finished second last season to Boston’s Tim Thomas.
No goalie faced more shots or made more saves than Rinne, whose .923 save percentage (1,987 saves on 2,153 shots) ranked seventh in the league. He also was 14th with a 2.39 goals-against average and finished tied for 10th with five shutouts.
Lundqvist won a career-high 39 games (in 62 starts) and led the Rangers to the best record in the Eastern Conference. He also had career-bests with a 1.97 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage, both of which were among the top four in the league. He had eight shutouts.
Quick started 69 games, won 35 and had a league-best 10 shutouts. He had a 1.95 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage for a team that finished next to last in the league in goals scored.
This year’s NHL Awards Show will take place July 20 at Las Vegas.
On Tuesday, Poile was named a finalist for General Manager of the Year for the third straight season. The only trophy winner in franchise history was Steve Sullivan, who was awarded the Masterton Trophy (perseverance, dedication to hockey) in 2009.