Breaking down the NHL Awards

Taking a look at the winners of the NHL Awards announced this week.

Breaking Down the NHL Awards

Hot off the Press: The biggest headline for us here is Marc-Andre Fleury winning his first Vezina Trophy as the league's best goalie. The former first overall pick has been so good and steady throughout his career, has won Stanley Cups, and has been a major factor in Vegas’ success since they joined the league. This may be more of a lifetime achievement award as we believe the Vezina race was extremely close this year, but “Flower” deserves it.

Outside of that, Connor McDavid became just the second ever unanimously voted MVP after winning the Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsey on Tuesday. The only other player unanimously voted to win the Hart? Wayne Gretzky. Not bad company to be in. McDavid was also selected as the best player by his peers which is always a huge honor. 

Major Trophy Breakdown

Hart Memorial Trophy: Connor McDavid

James Norris Trophy: Adam Fox

  • Adam Fox wins his first Norris after an absolutely dominant second season in the NHL

Vezina Trophy: Marc-Andre Fleury

Ted Lindsay Award: Connor McDavid

Calder Memorial Trophy: Kirill Kaprizov

  • The 24-year-old Russian scored 27 goals and 51 points to lead all rookies in scoring this past season

Jack Adams Award: Rod Brind’amour

Selke Trophy: Aleksander Barkov 

Lady Byng: Jacob Slavin

GM of the year: Lou Lamoriello

Willie O’Ree Hero Award: Kevin Hodgson 

King Clancy Trophy: Pekka Rinne

Masterton Trophy: Oskar Lindblom

Mark Messier Leadership Award: Patrice Bergeron

Special Mentions

We’d like to mention two of the non-player winners in Rod Brind’Amour and Lou Lamoriello. Brind’Amour has really turned around Carolina and developed a winning culture in that locker room. They can no longer be brushed aside as a non-factor in the NHL. Off the back of this award, he was also given a new three year contract as well.

Lou Lamoriello has proven that he can adjust to the new NHL. After leading the Devils to multiple Stanley Cups back in the ‘90’s and early 2000’s people started questioning his ability to build a team in today’s game. This Islanders team is built so well and seemed to actually take a step forward after losing Tavares. This team is going to be in the mix for years to come. 

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