NHL Awards Picks – How I Did
Well, I didn’t get everything right, but then again with all the talented players that were nominated, a bunch of the awards could have gone either way. Let’s see how it played out.
1. Hart Trophy: Pick – Henrik Sedin, Winner – Henrik Sedin
This was the one award in which everyone wanted to see the same result. Sedin had an amazing year and really broke out of his shell to be in the same league as the NHL’s elite. He really deserved this one, and I’m sure everyone breathed a sigh of relief when his name was called. One for one.
2. Vezina Trophy: Pick – Ryan Miller, Winner – Ryan Miller
Brodeur is an amazing goalie and Bryzgalov had a huge year, but Miller was just outstanding. He led the Sabres in a great season overall, and had some of the best numbers of all goalies in the league, even without being top in shutouts or wins. Very fitting choice. Two for two.
3. Norris Trophy: Pick – Drew Doughty, Winner – Duncan Keith
For this pick, I knew Keith was probably going to win, but I wanted Doughty to pull it off and jump start his career in a big way. Keith is a great player and an even better defensive player and winning this award caps off an amazing year for the Chicago blue-liner. Two for three, but happy about it.
4. Calder Trophy: Pick – Jimmy Howard, Winner – Tyler Myers
Once again, this was a very tight race, and Myers is definitely deserving. I didn’t think he had as solid of a year as Howard but comparing them was tough considering their different positions. Two for four, and still happy about it (I just didn’t want Duchene to win).
5. Lady Byng Trophy: Pick – Martin St. Louis, Winner – Martin St. Louis
St. Louis stops Pavel Datsyuk’s stronghold on this award with a very deserving win. Near the top of the league in points, near the bottom in penalty minutes and all that while playing on a pretty terrible team. Good choice here, three for five.
6. Selke Trophy: Pick – Jordan Staal, Winner – Pavel Datsyuk
Like my choice for the Norris, I picked the player I wanted to win even though he was up against solid opposition. Datsyuk is a great player and he excels at every part of the game. Three for six
7. Jack Adams Trophy: Pick – Dave Tippett, Winner – Dave Tippett
The Coyotes were the turnaround team of the year, from near bankruptcy to playoff contender. There’s no denying that Coach Tippett did an outstanding job with his club this year and deserves this award. Back over .500 – four for seven.
8. Ted Lindsay Award: Pick – Henrik Sedin, Winner – Alexander Ovechkin
Of all the choices, this is the one that disappoints me. Everyone knows that Ovechkin and Crosby are the best in the league and are going to score tons of goals. Sedin was the most outstanding player this year – the definition of this award. He was robbed of a big night. Unfortunately, four for eight.
9. Bridgestone Messier Leadership Award: Pick – Sidney Crosby, Winner – Sidney Crosby
With the final award that I made a pick for, Sid the Kid comes up clutch to put me back over .500. Crosby was a great leader for his team this year, showing poise and maturity as they attempted to defend their Stanley Cup victory from last season. He is a natural leader and will continue to be so for years to come, just like the great Mark Messier that this award is named after.
Final results: five for nine. Not too bad, considering I was only upset at one of the four I got wrong. Get results all around and I can’t wait to see who we’ll see on this list next season!