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NHL Award predictions

Posted on: March 29, 2009 12:26 pm
Edited on: March 29, 2009 12:32 pm

 The media is still writing and commenting on the Alexander Ovechkin's 50th goal celebration~  Let it go 10 days ago!  The playoffs are just around the corner and some teams have already polished their clubs, butsome can still look forward to the NHL Awards. 
Steve Mason is on fire and we are talking #1 choice for Calder, but I also think he is a candidate for the HART.  I am not stating he is a shoe in for the win, but I think the least we can do is nominate the kid!  At least a nomination won't tarnish him like Jose Theodore's Hart did in 2002. And with Ovechkin and Crosby continuing to make friends around the league I think there could be a Lester Pearson Trophy in his possession at end of NHL awards, we'll see...

That said folks here are my NHL Awards Predictions...

Frank J Selke Trophy:  Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings), Mike Richards (Philladelphia Flyers), Mikko Koivu (Minnesota Wild), Jaime Langenbrunner  (New Jersey Devils)

Winner: Mike Richards (Philladelphia Flyers) 

Calder Trophy: Steve Mason (Columbus Blue Jackets), Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings), Kris Versteeg (Chicago Blackhawks),

Winner: Steve Mason (Columbus Blue Jackets)

Hart Trophy: Steve Mason (Columbus Blue Jackets),  Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals), Evegni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins), Jarome Iginla (Calgary Flames)

Winner: Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)

Art Ross: Evegni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins), Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)

Lester B. Pearson Trophy:  Mike Green (Washington Capitals), Jarome Iginla (Calgary Flames), Alexander Ovechkin (Washinton Capitals), Steve Mason Columbus Blue Jackets)

Winner: Jarome Iginla (Calgary Flames)

Norris Trophy: Zdeno Chara (Boston Bruins), Niklas Lidstrom (Detroit RedWings), Mike Green (Washington Capitals) , Shea Weber (Nashville Predators)

Winner: Zdeno Chara (Boston Bruins)

Vezina Trophy:  Tim Thomas (Boston Bruiins), Niklas Backstrom (Minnesota Wild), Steve Mason (Columbus Blue Jackets), Miikka Kiprusoff (Calgary Flames)

Winner: Tim Thomas (Boston Bruins)

Lady Byng Trophy: Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings), Daniel Alfredsson (Ottawa Senators),  Saku Koivu (Montreal Canadiens), Zach Parise (New Jersey Devils)

Winner: ZachParise (New Jersey Devils)

Masterson Trophy:   Martin Havlat (Chicago Blackhacks),  Martin Brodeur (New Jersey Devils), Alexander Semin (Washington Capitals), Simon Gagne (Philladelphia Flyers)

Winner: Alexander Semin (Washington Capitals)

Jack Adams Award:  Joel Quenneville (Chicago Blackhawks), Brent Sutter (New Jersey Devils), Ken Hitchcock (Columbus Blue Jackets),  Todd McLellan (San Jose Sharks)

Winner: Brent Sutter (New Jersey Devils)

Now that the awards are out of the way let's get back to the marvelous playoff race to elimination. with an average of 7 games left, the East and West are tight, and is going to go down to the wire.    Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues in and Edmonton Oilers and Nashville Predators out.  Montreal Canadiens out and Florida Panthers in.  See ya next week kids!  Till then keep the clicker clicking!    




Since: Jan 7, 2008
Posted on: April 2, 2009 12:51 pm

NHL Award predictions


I live in Surrey BC, so Im well acquainted with Cloverdale. Played hockey at the old Arena near the fairgrounds, and u should see the size of the casino at Fraser Downs.......this is no longer the small farm community......and Ive heard reports of the Flames putting their Quad City team (AHL) in a new arena being built in Abbottsford, about 30 minutes away.

I think the "energy" you speak of, and this is just my opinion, comes from a combination of things. One-at best, maybe TWO decent seasons when the WCE was arguably the best line in hockey. Detroit and Minnesota two years running killed that fantasy. Two-the RIDICULOUS CRAP spun by the local media which combined with Three- the absolute willingness of the fans here to buy HOOK LINE AND SINKER whatever the media prints that day. You should have read some of the locals when the Nucks were losing 10 in a row at home. Talk about flavor of the day. Half the city wanted to trade half the team for half of what they're worth. The arrogance you describe is something I encounter almost every day out here. If you arent a Canucker out here, its almost like "dont you watch hockey? Whats wrong with you?" The paper yesterday morning all but annointed the Canucks NW Div champs.....and Calgary is still on the Canucks sked one more time. The fans here eat that up, and feed off it. I hope Im right about one-and-done, or it could be a loooong summer here.

In Vanc, it is irrelevant that RL missed 30 or so games. I still hear grumblings about League MVP. Must be the air. Or whats in the air. He stole the Minnesota game two nights ago, and I am convinced this Nuck team is first round and done. If the Sens had rattled off a ten game win streak, they'd be in the playoffs. If the Nucks had not rattled off a similar win streak of late, they'd join Ottawa on the no-playoffs list of teams.

The crowd at a Giants game is much different from a GM Place-Canucks crowd. It's easy to see when you visit both venues. Those 17,000 strong crowds at Giants games simply do not happen anymore. The team draws well, but during the reg season there arent even close to 17000 in attendance. But Giants fans go to the games to watch the game. Canucks fans (IMO) go to the Garage to be seen.

Have a great day




Since: Jan 3, 2009
Posted on: April 1, 2009 8:19 pm

NHL Award predictions

BCGUY... I lived in a small community called Cloverdale during the lockout year and I know exactly what you mean about the loyal fans there.  However their energy that they carry for their teams generates such a winning atmosphere and with that an arrogant attitude towards their team.  I was fortunate to be living there during the Vancouver Giants vs Kelowna Rockets WHL Quarter Finals, and I have never experienced such ENERGY before... 17,000 strong at the PNE waving their white towels... INTENSE!!!! 

But back to Roberto Luongo, his stats are definitely there, but he was injured the majority of the season.  That is the only reason I neglected to add him... If there was a 5th nominee I would have added him.  Masterson next year?  Oh wait that will go to Pascal Leclaire when Ottawa wins the cup... I can dream can't I?

Since: Jan 7, 2008
Posted on: April 1, 2009 4:46 pm

NHL Award predictions

For the most part, the picks are solid. No real oddball selections.

I fear, though, if Vancouverites ventured into the site, they may throw temper tantrums at the fact there is no Luongo listed, even as a nominee.

Seriously. Out here in BC, if you dont think Luongo is the best, people ask "WTF is wrong with you? Dont you watch hockey?"....its almost as if people get high just breathing the air

Personally, I like Lundqvist as Vezina winner. But thats the beauty of this site. No one calls you names for disagreeing. And I like the Rangers to win the tasty tasty odds of 27-1.


Since: Jan 3, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2009 6:46 am

NHL Award predictions

Cheers lkenny... Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate the fact that somebody out thereactually reads it!  And trust me after I write opinionated stuff, I find myself second guessing my picks, but I have to stick to my guns sometimes!  Have a great day!

Since: Mar 15, 2009
Posted on: March 30, 2009 11:10 pm

NHL Award predictions

  Nice post, I can't say I agree with all of the predictions, but it certainly opened my eyes to a few players I wasn't even thinking about.

Thanks for the insight, keep up the good work! 

Terez Owens
Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: March 29, 2009 7:32 pm
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