OK, let’s have a little contest. Pick your winner for each of the NHL awards to be presented tonight. I can’t promise any prizes, but I might be able to scare up something.
Remember, the voting was done the day after the regular season ended. Playoffs have no bearing. Also remember that the Pro Hockey Writers Association (of which I am no longer a member) did most of the voting, except for the Vezina (done by GMs), the Adams (by the broadcasters) and the Lindsay/Pearson (by the players). I don’t know who picks GM of the year or the Messier Leadership winner.
Whomever gets the most awards correct wins.
Just in case there’s a tie, the first tiebreaker will be the winner of the Selke, second tiebreaker the winner of the Norris, the third tiebreaker the winner of the Calder (wanted to get categories with no Rangers). For the fourth tiebreaker, pick a number between 2 and 12. I will roll dice if need be. Do not even dream of entering more than once. All entries must be in this thread only. The contest closes when the “It’s Go Time!” post goes up prior to the awards show. Judges decision will be final (I am the judge). In case of an unforeseen situation, or if there’s an unbreakable tie, Sally will be declared the winner.
Here’s my entry, and yours should look like this (but with different winners):
Byng (who cares?): Moulson.
Fourth tiebreaker: 7.
Here are the finalists for each award:
Hart Trophy (MVP): Henrik Lundqvist, Evgeni Malkin, Steven Stamkos.
Vezina Trophy (best goalie): Henrik Lundqvist, Pekka Rinne, Jonathan Quick.
Norris Trophy (best defenseman): Zdeno Chara, Erik Karlsson, Shea WWEber.
Calder Trophy (rookie of the year): Adam Henrique, Gabriel Landeskog, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (that’s one person, not three).
Lady Byng Trophy (gentlemanly play) (who cares?): Brian Campbell, Jordan Eberle, Matt Moulson.
Selke Trophy (best defensive forward): David Backes, Patrice Bergeron, Pavel Datsyuk.
Adams Award (coach of the year): John Tortorella, Ken Hitchcock, Paul MacLean (how, why?).
Masterton Trophy (perseverence): Daniel Alfredsson (11, 10, 9 …), Joffrey Lupul, Max Pacioretty.
Lindsay/Pearson Award (NHLPA’s MVP): Henrik Lundqvist, Evgeni Malkin, Steven Stamkos.
Messier Award (leadership): Ryan Callahan, Dustin Brown, Shane Doan.
GM of the Year: Doug Armstrong, David Poile, Dale Tallon.