I get that there's a lot of reasons for the success of Columbus but goaltending has to be #1 in that regard, to take a nonplayoff team into a Vezina contender is pretty much unheard of. Bobrovsky ever since the World Cup has played like a brick wall and he truly is the best goalie in the world right now. The Vezina belongs to him for a second season.
Beyond all of this, when was the last time a goalie lead the league in Wins, SV%, and GAA in one year?
He's definitely the team MVP and should be the leader for the Vezina. He's maintained and actually improved upon his great numbers while other contenders like Dubnyk have cooled off a bit as we get late into the season.
Since I gave the previous OP of a Bobrovsky thread a hard time for suggesting that wins are the most important factor, I'll step up and say that a guy who sweeps these categories absolutely deserves the Vezina. And especially if he's a primary factor in turning around a mediocre team into a contender.
Definitely yes to the Crosby comparison, but at best Bob is tied with McDavid.
Dragging the Oilers into the playoffs is no easy feat, and McGoliath's rise to the top has been just that impressive. Columbus' success seems to be more of a team effort.
Talbot is as much to do with the Oilers making the playoffs than McDavid is. You take either one of them away, and Edmonton is continuing their playoff drought. Not saying that he deserves the Vezina (because he doesn't), but I'm happy to hear that some analysts and articles are at least bringing him up (albeit very quickly and is rightly ousted very early on).
Edit: On pace for 75 games played (maybe 74 if they are in the playoffs for sure when there is a back-to-back at the end of the schedule - either way that puts him in elite company, especially when he's also putting up decent numbers), and will likely beat Fuhr's record for most wins as an Oiler
Not taking a single thing away from Bob, but the team defense from CBJ is awesome. I feel they are fully committed in their backcheck and great puck support defensively. So just credit to the team as much as Bobo here.