NHL Awards Thread


Since they only allow one poll per page just leave your predictions in the comments.  Who do you think will win tonight?


Hart Trophy - Most Valuable Player



Pavel Datsyuk - DET

Evgeni Malkin - PIT

Alex Ovechkin - WAS

I think Ovechin will take this again.  Malkin had Crosby to support him and Datsyuk had a stellar team around him.  Without Ovie Washington would be hard pressed to even be in a playoff spot.

Calder Trophy - Best Rookie



Steve Mason - CBJ

Bobby Ryan - ANA

Kris Versteeg - CHI

Why Pekka Rinne got no consideration is a mystery to me but the nod should go to Mason.  He backstopped a Blue Jackets team into their first playoff spot and was far and away the best player on their team.


Vezina Trophy - Best Goalie



Niklas Backstrom - MIN

Steve Mason - CBJ

Tim Thomas - BOS

I would vote for Tim Thomas.  Unconventional but effective.


Norris Trophy - Best Overall Defenseman



Zdeno Chara - BOS

Mike Green - WAS

Nicklas Lidstrom - DET

For the first time I think that Nick Lidstrom will be knocked off his pedestal.  It's not because he had a bad season because he was once again solid but because people are so used to his greatness by now they're looking for something else.  I expect Chara to get it as both he and Green were solid offensive contributors Chara was more fearsome on the defensive side.


Selke Trophy - Best Defensive Forward



Pavel Datsyuk - DET

Ryan Kesler - VAN

Mike Richards - PHI

Datsyuk is just so solid on both ends of the ice he deserves to win this award again.


Jack Adams Award - Coach of the Year



Todd McLellan

- SJ

Claude Julien - BOS

Andy Murray - STL

At one point in the season I could have been sure it would have been Julien but with the way the Blues came on at the end to make the playoffs my vote (if I had one) would go to Murray.

Bill Masterton Award - Perserverence/Dedication to Hockey



Chris Chelios - DET

Steve Sullivan - NAS

Richard Zednik - FLA

Zednik got his throat slashed and came back to play hockey.  I repeat, he got his throat slashed and came back.  If that isn't dedication I don't know what is.


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