NHL 2009 Awards Thread

Discussion in 'Sports and Fitness' started by Rob Hal, Jun 16, 2009.

  1. Rob Hal

    Rob Hal Vice Admiral Admiral

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    With the NHL Awards Ceremony taking place in Vegas on Thursday, I figure we could get a few predictions out before the big night...

    Here are my predictions... I'm letting you know who I think should win it, and who I think will win it... let me know what you think!

    Calder Trophy
    Steve Mason - Columbus Blue Jackets
    Bobby Ryan - Anaheim Ducks
    Kris Versteeg - Chicago Blackhawks
    Who should win: Steve Mason
    Who will win:
    Steve Mason

    First of all, Pekka Rinne should have been nominated in the place of Versteeg. While Bobby Ryan did great things this year, and a lot of people think he should win this award, you just can't ignore what Steve Mason did for Columbus.

    Norris Trophy
    Zdeno Chara - Boston Bruins
    Mike Green - Washington Capitals
    Nicklas Lidstrom - Detroit Red Wings
    Who should win: Zdeno Chara
    Who will win:
    Nicklas Lidstrom

    In the debate over whether Chara or Green is most deserving of this award this year, I feel that Lidstrom will walk away with it... perhaps not underservedly, but it's a shame to ignore everything that Chara has done in Boston. He led his team to top spot in the Eastern Conference. Green is pretty deserving as well... he puts up fantastic numbers, especially compared to the rest of the Washington blueliners. A really tough category to call this year.

    Lady Byng Trophy
    Pavel Datsyuk - Detroit Red Wings
    Zach Parise - New Jersey Devils
    Martin St Louis - Tampa Bay Lightning
    Who should win: Martin St. Louis
    Who will win:
    Pavel Datsyuk

    This is a tough one to call as well... hopefully, St. Louis walks away with it. He had a good season and always has his head in the game, despite playing on a terrible team with a miserable front office.

    Vezina Trophy
    Niklas Backstrom - Minnesota Wild,
    Steve Mason - Columbus Blue Jackets
    Tim Thomas - Boston Bruins
    Who should win: Tim Thomas
    Who will win:
    Tim Thomas

    The nominations are well-deserved credit for Backstrom and Mason, but this should be Thomas's award, without a doubt.

    Selke Trophy
    Pavel Datsyuk - Detroit Red Wings
    Ryan Kesler - Vancouver Canucks
    Mike Richards - Philadelphia Flyer
    Who should win: ?
    Who will win:
    Pavel Datsyuk

    This is a really tough one to decide, in general, if you ask me. You really have to watch each team regularly to evaluate how important a player's defensive skills are to their respective teams. I watched a lot of Canucks's games this season, so I completely understand how smart a player Kesler is... he's extremely versatile and brings so much to his team. Whether I can argue that he's more valuable to his team than Richards, it's hard for me to make that decision without having seen much of Richards' play this past year. Still, I think Datsyuk best encompasses the definition of a complete hockey player, and will probably win this one.

    Adams Trophy
    Claude Julien - Boston Bruins
    Todd McLellan - San Jose Sharks
    Andy Murray - St Louis Blues
    Who should win: Andy Murray
    Who will win:
    Claude Julien

    Masterton Trophy
    Chris Chelios - Detroit Red Wings
    Steve Sullivan - Nashville Predators
    Richard Zednik - Florida Panthers
    Who should win: Steve Sullivan
    Who will win:
    Richard Zednik

    Hart Trophy
    Pavel Datsyuk - Detroit Red Wings
    Evgeni Malkin - Pittsburgh Penguins
    Alexander Ovechkin - Washington Capitals
    Who should win: Alexander Ovechkin
    Who will win:
    Alexander Ovechkin

    The controversial one... just remember, this award represents the player most valuable to his team during the regular season. Take away Malkin from the Pens or take away Datsyuk from the Red Wings, and the you still have the high-caliber teams (Also, I will not buy an argument that Malkin is that much more valuable to his team than Crosby) Take Ovechkin out of Washington, however, and who knows what kind of team you'll be left with. Without a doubt, Ovechkin has the best goal scoring ability in the league today... but he also brings so much energy to his team. This award should be a lock.
     
  2. scottydog

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    Good calls overall. Are these decisions made before the completion of the Stanley Cup playoffs? The reason I ask is that if they are decided with the playoffs taken into account, then Malkin might justifiably win the Hart Trophy. If it's just the regular season we're talking about, then, yeah, Ovechkin should get the nod.
     
  3. tomalak301

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    I might actually record/watch this since I already miss Hockey. I have a good feeling Mclellan will win coach of the year.
     
  4. Rob Hal

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    Most of these are decided by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, which I know for sure votes on this after the end of the regular season and before the playoffs. Playoffs will have no impact on the Hart. The only two winners of the aforementioned awards that I know are not chosen by the Writers are the Jack Adams Awards, which is selected by the hockey broadcasters, and the Vezina Trophy, which is selected by the 30 GMs. I am not sure when those two groups cast their votes, but I've always assumed that they do so before the playoff as well.
     
  5. Rob Hal

    Rob Hal Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Well, not too bad... I was 6 for 8 in my predictions... and on the other two, it was the player who I thought should have won the award.

    Calder Trophy

    Steve Mason

    Norris Trophy
    Zdeno Chara

    Lady Byng Trophy
    Pavel Datsyuk

    Vezina Trophy
    Tim Thomas

    Selke Trophy
    Pavel Datsyuk

    Adams Trophy
    Claude Julien

    Masterton Trophy
    Steve Sullivan

    Hart Trophy
    Alexander Ovechkin

    Honestly, the awards show was pretty disappointingl... some great moments, Konstantinov on hand to present the Lester Pearson to Ovechkin, Tim Thomas's heartfelt Vezina acceptance speech... but mostly pretty boring. Someone needs to teach hockey players how to give speeches... :p
     
  6. tomalak301

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    I was shocked with Roenick's performance tonight. He has the personality to host, but man was he awful.

    As for me saying McLellan had a good chance to win the Jack Adams, well on that statement I was being a homer/idiot. Julian and Murrey were much more deserving, even though I think moreso with Murrey. I mean the Blues have been down for so long that this year they went to the playoffs and ended up having a great year. Most of that, I'm sure, is coaching.
     
  7. Rob Hal

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    Funny thing... only two President's Trophy winning team coaches have won the Jack Adams in the past twenty years.

    In any case, the San Jose Sharks have been a consistently good regular season team since coming back from the lockout. Todd McLellan will probably be back in the running over the next couple years... however, whether he can win this award at any point may hinge on how far he can bring this underachieving team in the playoffs. I expect the Sharks to remain competitive over the next few years, but they really need to get their stars to deliver in the postseason.
     
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    I flipped over to watch it on CBC. The awards used to really capture my attention when I was a kid, but this year's was boring as watching paint dry.
     
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    As disappointing as the awards show itself may have been, apparently there was at least one redeeming aspect. And I'm referring to the first article there. ;)
     
  10. the 4th hanson bro

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    I'm glad they were able to dry the Cup off before the show.

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  11. tomalak301

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    That is interesting. I thought it would have been more times since being first in the entire league is not easy feat.

    Agreed, and I think the playoffs showed McLellan's true colors as an inexperienced head coach. I know the Awards look at the regular season only, but he pretty much inharited a good team and I'm not sure if he made them better. Yeah they started out strong, but from the All Star break to the end of the season, they were a mediocre hockey team and it absolutely showed against Anahiem.

    I do think the Sharks will be in the running for the next few years, but there is a part of me that hopes 1) They don't win the president's trophy next year, and 2) does not start out so strong but pretty much fight for positioning in the stretch run. It makes for more exciting hockey and it forces you to finish strong rather than taking 3 months off by playoff time.
     
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    Did you see his house? Unreal.
     
  13. the 4th hanson bro

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    I did. I guess he's got room for Sid to stay as long as he wants to, eh?

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