|These two were not in attendance at the mid-season awards|
Hart Memorial Trophy - Sidney Crosby
Awarded to the player judged to be most valuable to his team. Crosby has dominated for the Penguins this season. Leading the NHL in points (66) and goals (32) in 41 games, Crosby led the Pens on a 12 game winning streak and to the top of their division. The Penguins are currently 0-1-1 without Crosby as he sits out with a concussion. Best in the league this season for what he plays with.
Vezina Trophy - Tim Thomas
Awarded to the goaltender adjudged to be the best at the position. Tim Thomas currently leads the NHL in GAA (1.84), Save Percentage (.944) and is tied for the league lead in shutouts (5). Thomas already has more wins than he had last year with his 18-4-6 record. Many wrote Thomas off this year after Tuukka Rask's postseason play last year, but it appears the rook now has some competition.
Awarded to the player most proficient in their first year of competition in the NHL. Another tough decision, but Skinner leads all rookies in points with 32 points as an 18 year old. Logan Couture has more goals, and Taylor Hall is heating up, but at the halfway mark, it is hard not to be impressed with Skinner. He's the youngest in the NHL, and has proved he belongs. Not bad for a figure skater.
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy - Ondrej Pavelec
Awarded to the player who exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. I'll be honest, I thought Pavelec was dead when he fainted 2:25 into Atlanta's first game of the season. He missed 10 games with a concussion, and since then has been stellar for the Thrashers. With a GAA of 2.27 and SV% of .932, Pavelec has helped Atlanta near the top of the standings and become a contender for the prestigious Southeast Division title.
Jack Adams Award - Guy Boucher
Presented to the coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success. There are many contenders for this award, but Boucher has proven in his first NHL season that he is a winner. He's won coach of the year in the AHL and QMJHL, and with his 25-13-5 Lightning in contention for top spot in the Eastern Conference without their captain, he could very well the same title in the NHL.
Frank J. Selke Trophy - Ryan Kesler
Awarded to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of hockey. A contender in recent years, Kesler looks poised to take the Selke from Pavel Datysuk's soft hands. With a +17 rating, a faceoff winning percentage of 57.9%, and an integral compenent of the Vancouver Canucks 4th place penalty kill, Kesler is once again demonstrating his value (for the ladies).
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy - Martin St. Louis
Awarded to the player who demonstrates gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability. St. Louis is currently 5th in points with 52 as he continues to be Stamkos' wheelman, and in 43 games this season only had 8 penalty minutes. He hasn't gotten a penalty against him since October 30th, that's 33 games. St. Louis took these honours last year like a gentleman, unlike Alexander Mogilny in 2003, who didn't want to win the award.
That's all for our mid-season awards. What do you think about our selections?
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