Igor Shesterkin
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Shesterkin is somehow getting better by the week.

Another immaculate week is in the books for the New York Rangers. They went 3-0-0 and are back in second place in the Metropolitan Division.

Several Rangers are stepping up and improving their play, but Igor Shesterkin is in a league of his own.

Player of the Week: G Igor Shesterkin

3-0-0
1.67 GAA (5 GA)
.955 SV%
Average Game Score: 1.86

Shesterkin was not only the Rangers’ best player this week, but the NHL’s third star, as well. He did all this without even having that great of a game against the St. Louis Blues.

Shesterkin’s phenomenal play against the New Jersey Devils and Winnipeg Jets- when he was the team’s second-best and best player, respectively- allowed him to garner even more league-wide attention.


Shesterkin would have to have a disastrous end to the season to lose the Vezina Trophy race and, although he isn’t technically a top favorite for the Hart Trophy, he probably deserves it.

Few players are having such a season and are as valuable to their team as Shesterkin. If the Hart Trophy truly is for the MVP, Shesterkin should be the clear-cut winner.

Honorable Mention #1: RHD Jacob Trouba

vs. STL: 1 A
vs. NJD: 1 A
@ WPG: 1 G, 1 A
Average Game Score: 1.82
Average defensive impact: 0.17

Honorable Mention #2: LW Chris Kreider

vs. STL: 1 G
vs. NJD: 1 G, 1 A
@ WPG: 2 G
Average Game Score: 1.66
Average defensive impact: -0.38

Leen has written about the MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, and international soccer. She is currently the primary NHL writer for ESNY. Leen's work has been featured on Bleacher Report and she was formerly a contributor for FanSided's New York Mets blog, Rising Apple. She is a co-host of the Yankees-Mets Express podcast.