It’s that time of the year, when we sit back and eralize that we have tons of really good players, but no great ones. It’s time to be happy for other teams and the talent that they have. Tonight is the when the NHL Awards get presented. Let’s skip the ones that are based on stats, like the Maurice Rocket Richard Trophy which goes to the highest goal scorer (Corey Perry). I’m also not predicting the ones based on off-ice situations that I really know nothing about.
GM of the Year
- Mike Gillis, Vancouver Canucks
- David Poile, Nashville Predators
- Steve Yzerman, Tampa Bay Lightning
Since it’s based on the regular season, it belongs to Mike Gillis. He put together a sick, sick team that completely dominated everyone, thoroughly.
Hart Memorial Trophy
- Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks
- Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
- Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning
Sedin lead the league in scoring, but he had some help from last years MVP, his brother. St. Louis made Stamkos look great. Or maybe it was the other way around. Kinda easy to look even better when you have ridiculously talented linemates. Meanwhile, Perry picked his team up as his teammates fell to injury. He was the most crucial to his team this season, and deserves he Hart.
Jack Adams Award
- Dan Bylsma, Pittsburgh Penguins
- Barry Trotz, Nashville Predators
- Alain Vigneault, Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver has tons of talent. Sometimes that’s hard to harness. But it’s a great problem to have. Still, Vigneault had less to worry about than most others. Trotz preaches defense, and has an amazing goalie to make his systm stand up. But Dan Bylsma had to overcome the most, when his top 2 centers went down with injury. Instead of falling apart, his team thrived and nearly won the conference. He deserves the award this year.
James Norris Memorial Trophy
- Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins
- Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings
- Shea Weber, Nashville Predators
I don’t even know with this one. Lidstrom probably gets it on reputation. But Shea Weber probably deserves it more for putting up good numbers with practically no offensive talent around him.
Calder Memorial Trohpy
- Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks
- Michael Grabner, New York Islanders
- Jeff Skinner, Carolina Hurricanes
Another tough one to call. I’ll go with Grabner because who the hell expects anyone on the Islanders to be a good player?
- Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks
- Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators
- Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins
All guys have excellent team defense in front of them. But Boston and especially Vancouver can kick up their offense and make life easier for their netminder. Rinne didn’t really have that luxury. He’s the main reason Nashville was really a contender this year. And I honestly would have picked him for the Hart as well.
The show is tonight on NHL Network and I think online as well. I probably won’t watch, but I’ll check tomorrow to see who won. Hopefully, sometime in the near future we can have a little orange and black representation. Then again, the only hardware I really want is the Stanley Cup.
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