The NHL Awards ceremony takes place on Wednesday, June 21st at 8PM EST in Las Vegas in between the announcements of the Vegas Golden Knight’s player selections/expansion draft. Or wait… is it the other way around? It’s hard to tell.
Here are a list of the awards being presented, their nominees, who I want to win each award, and who I think is going to win:
Hart Trophy (League MVP): awarded to the player “judged most valuable to his team” in the NHL.
Nominees: Sergei Bobrovksy (CBJ), Sidney Crosby (PIT), Connor McDavid (EDM)
Last 10 Winners: Patrick Kane (2016), Carey Price (2015), Sidney Crosby (2014), Alex Ovechkin (2013), Evgeni Malkin (2012), Corey Perry (2011), Henrik Sedin (2010), Alex Ovechkin (2009), Alex Ovechkin (2008), Sidney Crosby (2007)
2017 Winner Prediction: Sidney Crosby. You could make the argument for both Bobrovsky and McDavid, and while I would love to see Bobrovsky win, it’s not going to happen. Bobrovsky was solid in net all season long for the Blue Jackets and helped them have one of the most successful seasons that they’ve ever had as a franchise. McDavid, 2017 Art Ross Trophy winner (highest scorer during the regular season), had one of the best seasons of anyone in the NHL and helped the Oilers reach the playoffs for the first time since 2006. But if Crosby’s nominated for an award, he’s going to win it and it helps that he’s helped the Penguins win back-to-back Stanley Cups, being named the Conn Smythe recipient in the process.
Ted Lindsay Award (Best Player as Voted by the NHLPA):
Nominees: Brent Burns (SJS), Sidney Crosby (PIT), Connor McDavid (EDM)
Last 10 Winners: Patrick Kane (2016), Carey Price (2015), Sidney Crosby (2014), Sidney Crosby (2013), Evgeni Malkin (2012), Daniel Sedin (2011), Alex Ovechkin (2010), Alex Ovechkin (2009), Alex Ovechkin (2008), Sidney Crosby (2007)
2017 Winner Prediction: Crosby, also this year’s Maurice Richard Trophy winner (top goal-scorer). I’m starting to sense a pattern here. What he’s done for the Penguins organization is a true accomplishment and he’ll probably win his fourth Ted Lindsay Award.
Norris Trophy (Best Defenseman):
Nominees: Brent Burns (SJS), Victor Hedman (TBL), Erik Karlsson (OTT)
Last 10 Winners: Drew Doughty (2016), Erik Karlsson (2015), Duncan Keith (2014), P.K. Subban (2013), Erik Karlsson (2012), Niklas Lidstrom (2011), Duncan Keith (2010), Zdeno Chara (2009), Niklas Lidstrom (2008), Niklas Lidstrom (2007)
2017 Winner Prediction: Karlsson. Burns had a great offensive season but Karlsson had a very, very underrated regular and postseason, especially defensively.
Vezina Trophy (Best Goaltender):
Nominees: Sergei Bobrovsky (CBJ), Braden Holtby (WSH), Carey Price (MTL)
Last 10 Winners: Braden Holtby (2016), Carey Price (2015), Tuukka Rask (2014), Sergei Bobrovsky (2013), Henrik Lundqvist (2012), Tim Thomas (2011), Ryan Miller (2010), Tim Thomas (2009), Martin Brodeur (2008), Martin Brodeur (2007)
2017 Winner Prediction: Bobrovsky. No one helped his team more than Bobrovsky did. Holtby and Price have both been solid in net for their respective teams but Bobrovsky helped change his franchise this past season. The Blue Jackets reached the playoffs for the first time since the 2013-14 season but lost in five games in the first round to the Penguins.
Calder Trophy (Best Rookie):
Nomineees: Patrik Laine (WPG), Auston Matthews (TOR), Zach Werenski (CBJ)
Last 10 Winners: Artemi Panarin (2016), Aaron Ekblad (2015), Nathan MacKinnon (2014), Jonathan Huberdeau (2013), Gabriel Landeskog (2012), Jeff Skinner (2011), Tyler Myers (2010), Steve Mason (2009), Patrick Kane (2008), Evgeni Malkin (2007)
2017 Winner Prediction: Matthews. After scoring four goals in his NHL debut, every single hockey fan knew that he would be something special. He helped the Maple Leafs reach the playoffs again and broke several Maple Leafs rookie records in the process. Laine and Werenski had impressive rookie seasons too and shouldn’t be overlooked but I think Matthews wins this one.
Selke Trophy (Best Defensive Forward):
Nominees: Patrice Bergeron (BOS), Ryan Kesler (ANA), Mikko Koivu (MIN)
Last 10 Winners: Anze Kopitar (2016), Patrice Bergeron (2015), Patrice Bergeron (2014), Jonathan Toews (2013), Patrice Bergeron (2012), Ryan Kesler (2011), Pavel Datsyuk (2010), Pavel Datsyuk (2009), Pavel Datsyuk (2008), Ron Brind’Amour (2007)
2017 Winner Prediction: Bergeron wins his fourth but I’d love to see Koivu win his first. Hopefully the winner is a pleasant surprise.
Lady Byng Trophy (Most Gentlemanly Player):
Nominees: Johnny Gaudreau (CGY), Mikael Granlund (MIN), Vladimir Tarasenko (STL)
Last 10 Winners: Anze Kopitar (2016), Jiri Hudler (2015), Ryan O’Reilly (2014), Martin St. Louis (2013), Brian Campbell (2012), Martin St. Louis (2011), Martin St. Louis (2010), Pavel Datsyuk (2009), Pavel Datsyuk (2008), Pavel Datsyuk (2007)
2017 Winner Prediction: I’m thinking Tarasenko but I’d honestly be okay with any of them winning? I like Gaudreau, Granlund, and Tarasenko, and I’d like to see any one of them win their first.
NHL Foundation Player Award (Core Values of Hockey):
Nominees: Travis Hamonic (NYI), Wayne Simmonds (PHI)
Last 10 Winners: Mark Giordano (2016), Brent Burns (2015), Patrice Bergeron (2014), Henrik Zetterberg (2013), Mike Fisher (2012), Dustin Brown (2011), Ryan Miller (2010), Rick Nash (2009), Vincent Lecavalier and Trevor Linden (2008), Joe Sakic (2007)
2017 Winner Prediction: they’re both the real winners so maybe they can split the award.
Mark Messier Leadership Award:
Nominees: Nick Foligno (CBJ), Ryan Getzlaf (ANA), Mark Giordano (CGY)
Last 10 Winners: Shea Weber (2016), Jonathan Toews (2015), Dustin Brown (2014), Daniel Alfredsson (2013), Shane Doan (2012), Zdeno Chara (2011), Sidney Crosby (2010), Jarome Iginla (2009), Mats Sundin (2008), Chris Chelios (2007, yearly recipient)
2017 Winner Prediction: again, could be anyone but I’m leaning towards Giordano or Foligno. Both are incredible leaders on their respective teams and I would love to see either of them win.
Jack Adams Award (Coach of the Year):
Nominees: Mike Babcock (TOR), Todd McLellan (EDM), John Tortorella (CBJ)
Last 10 Winners: Barry Trotz (2016), Bob Hartley (2015), Patrick Roy (2014), Paul MacLean (2013), Ken Hitchcock (2012), Dan Bylsma (2011), Dave Tippett (2010), Claude Julien (2009), Bruce Boudreau (2008), Alain Vigneault (2007)
2017 Winner Prediction: Babcock. I like what both Torts and McLellan have done for their teams, and both teams had phenomenal, slightly unexpected 2016-17 campaigns. All three of these teams made the playoffs when no one expected them to (except for Edmonton, maybe) and while all but one of them were eliminated in the first round (Edmonton was eliminated in the second), these coaches still helped turn these franchises around. I just think Babcock had more work to do than the others.
Masterton Trophy (Dedication to Hockey):
Nominees: Craig Anderson (OTT), Andrew Cogliano (ANA), Derek Ryan (CAR)
Last 10 Winners: Jaromir Jagr (2016), Devan Dubnyk (2015), Dominic Moore (2014), Josh Harding (2013), Max Pacioretty (2012), Ian Laperriere (2011), Jose Theodore (2010), Steve Sullivan (2009), Jason Blake (2008), Phil Kessel (2007)
2017 Winner Prediction: Anderson is a personal preference but again, I’d be happy with all three of them winning. Maybe they can split this trophy too?
GM of the Year Award:
Nominees: Peter Chiarelli (EDM), Pierre Dorion (OTT), David Poile (NSH)
Last 10 Winners:
2017 Winner Prediction: Poile. He helped Nashville reach the Stanley Cup Finals and put up a very, very strong effort against the now back-to-back Stanley Cup Champ Penguins. He pulled off one of the biggest trades last summer, trading Shea Weber for P.K. Subban. Chiarelli and Dorion have both also done commendable jobs as well but I think Poile takes this one.
And there have it! Be sure to tune in to NBCSN and Sportsnet at 8PM ET to watch the winners (and Vegas’s draft selections) are announced.