Mid-season awards

HockeyDirt.com has posted the results of a mid-season award poll he conducted and of which I was a part. The biggest surprise in my mind is the Crosby getting so little support for rookie of the year. I posted my comments on the issue and why I think Lundqvist deserves the ROY award at HockeyDirt.com. To the best of my recollection, here is who I voted for:

Calder: Lundqvist
Norris: McCabe
Hart: Jagr (I think) or possibly Alfredsson. I don’t really recall. Thornton is playing himself into contention though.
Vezina: Hasek
Lady Byng: Don’t remember but I don’t really care much about this award anyway
Selke: Brenden Morrow
Jack Adams: Dave Tippet
Comback player: Jason Allison
Tough guy: McGratton
Flop: Khabibulin

I voted for McCabe for Norris because he has been so dominating offensively and is the only defenseman to be leading his team in points and he is doing so by a significant margin. I also serious considered Wade Redden but McCabe is second in the NHL (to Lidstrom) in average time on ice with 18:12 per game. Lidstrom plays 28:29 while Redden is at 24:23. McCabe also plays more PK time and more PP time than Redden. Lidstrom should also generate serious consideration for Norris trophy but I still think McCabe’s offensive numbers give him the edge.

I don’t think there is any real clear MVP leader right now. Jagr has been great in leading the Rangers to a successful season, as has Staal in Carolina. Alfredsson deserves some consideration too but Ottawa has so much talent he might get lost in the shuffle, especially if the Senators don’t run away with the President’s Trophy. Forsberg in Philly also deserves consideration and if Thornton can lead the Sharks to a solid playoff spot then he will be a strong candidate. Demitra has done wonders for the Los Angeles Kings as well. If Atlanta can secure a playoff position as well then Kovalchuk will also deserve some consideration. The MVP is going to be a tight race this season.

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  1. I imagine most people are annoyed at the Crosby hype. I mean, sure, give him the ROY is he clearly deserves it, but at this point, Ovechkin is having a better year (and Lundqvist isn’t doing that bad either).

    As for Norris, I’d give it to McCabe now, but I think unless if he ends the year 20 points ahead of Lidstrom and Redden, one of them could easily steal it away. Never mind Visnovski is only a handful of points behind McCabe and he could sneak up the middle.

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