Wednesday, April 22, 2009

One man's regular season awards


My quick picks for the NHL's annual regular season awards with a sentence or two for each:

Selke Trophy: Mike Richards, Philadelphia. Biggest shorthanded threat in the league, solid even strength and in the faceoff circle.

Calder Trophy: Steve Mason, Columbus. Led the league in shutouts, was second in GAA, was the main reason the Blue Jackets reached the postseason for the first time in their history.

Norris: Mike Green, Washington. Hard to argue against 31 goals and 73 points.

Vezina: Nik Backstrom, Minnesota. Pretty much needed to carry the Wild night in and night out and did exactly that. Minnesota's lack of a playoff berth wasn't because of him.

Hart: Mason. Alex Ovechkin will win it, and he's deserving because the Capitals are a far inferior team without him, but I don't think Columbus even sniffs a playoff spot without Mason, not given the near-season long injury to Pascal Leclaire.

Lady Byng: Sean Avery, New York Rangers. Joke of an award given to the joke of a player.

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