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Shesterkin will become the best player of the year in the NHL? What are the chances of the Russian goalkeeper

Andrey SenchenkoSport correspondentAll materialsLeave an authorNew York Rangers Russian goaltender Igor Shesterkin is one of the top three contenders for the Hart Trophy, the National Hockey League's most valuable player award. Previously, the Russian was nominated for the award for the best goalkeeper of the season. The Six's rivals were the league's most dangerous forwards. In just three seasons in the NHL, Igor Shesterkin built up a reputation as one of the best hockey players in the league, which the North American public cannot help but talk about. The Russian goalkeeper is already a real icon of New York and in his potential is in no way inferior to the magnificent Henrik Lundqvist, whose heir became Shesti. This year, Igor blew up the entire NHL and the merits of the 26-year-old Russian were recognized at their true worth. Now Shesterkin claims two prestigious awards at once. On May 10, the goalkeeper of the New York Rangers was nominated for the Vezina Trophy, the prize for the best goaltender of the season following the results of the regular season. Among his competitors are Finn Juuse Saros of the Nashville Predators and Swede Jacob Markstrom of the Calgary Flames. There is no doubt that Shesterkin will be the winner in the voting: a case like last year, when Andrey Vasilevsky from the Tampa Bay Lightning was frankly robbed in favor of Canadian Marc-Andre Fleury, is no longer expected. Two days later, Igor entered the top three contenders for another award, a much more serious one – the Hart Trophy.