Once again, I have my predictions on the left and what actually happened in parentheses.
Barry Ashbee Trophy for Best Defenseman: Tony DeAngelo (Ivan Provorov) — DeAngelo may have played well on offense, but his defensive skills were totally lacking this year. I had felt that DeAngelo would’ve been as awesome as he was in Carolina. I was wrong. But someone had to get this award. This time, it was Provy. It’s his fourth time winning this award.
Bobby Clarke Trophy for Team MVP: Cam Atkinson (Carter Hart) — My justification, again, was that Atkinson would tear it up on offense. But Hart makes total sense. He was the one player this year who was consistent pretty much all season. Kind of makes you wonder what would happen if the team in front of him was better.
Yanick Dupre Memorial for Class Guy: Kevin Hayes (Justin Braun) — Swing and a miss! I felt Hayes would’ve ended up being one of Torts’ guys this year. Boy was I WAY off. However, giving Braun this award is touching. Braun was praised by Tortorella for how he conducted himself and played. Then around Christmas, he saw his playing time decrease as the team opted to give the younger blueliners a chance to play. He was not traded away to a contender at the deadline, for some odd reason. Through all of this, you never heard him complain. He always played when the team needed him to. That shows a lot of character…something some of the other vets on this team should take notice of.
Pelle Lindbergh Memorial for Most Improved Award: Owen Tippett (Owen Tippett) — After a less-than-stellar showing last year after the Florida trade, there was nowhere to go but up. He showed a lot of promise in camp and impressed the coaches. And he has had a pretty good year playing on the top two lines for the Flyers. If he can build on this, the trade made with Florida to acquire him could end up being a steal.
Toyota Cup Game Star Selections: Carter Hart (Carter Hart) — Hey, I got one right! I had a feeling that Hart would have a great rebound year and he did. He is the sole reason they won as many games as they did and were close in many of the losses.
Gene Hart Award for Work Ethic & Dedication: Travis Sanheim (Carter Hart) — Again, this makes total sense. I thought that Sanheim would’ve built on his strong year last year on defense. He did not. Hart left everything out there on the ice. He totally deserves this award.
Flyers All-Star Selection: Cam Atkinson (Kevin Hayes) — Again, didn’t know about the Atkinson injury. Hayes was the team All-Star selection. You could argue it should’ve been Konency, but it was Hayes.
- Stats 4 out of 6 (67%)
- Awards and Honors 2 out of 7 (29%)
- Metro Standings 1 out of 8 (13%)