Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Dirty Dangle Mid-Season Awards

These two were not in attendance at the mid-season awards
 With the NHL officially past the halfway mark, we decided to suit up and go to a local bar to announce our 2011 mid-season awards. With lots of confused faces watching two drunk guys ramble on about where Guy Boucher's scar probably came from, we compiled our winners for the first half of the NHL season.



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.



James Norris Memorial Trophy - Kris Letang

Given to the defense player who demonstrates the greatest all-around ability at their position. This was a tough one, but Letang is 3rd in defence points with 36, is rated a +21 and has the hits and blocked shots to back up his defence. This will be a fun race with Nicklas Lidstrom playing like a 28 year old and Dustin Byfuglien putting his name in the mix along with teammate Tobias Enstrom.



Calder Trophy - Jeff Skinner

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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15 comments:

  1. Some good choices....I would have to go with Couture for the reason that he could be only the second player in the last 17 seasons to score 40 as a rookie!

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  2. I would also think Lidstrom would win the Norris.

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  3. "Guy Boucher scar"I read on a blog from a guy who played w/him growing up that it resulted from a cat scratch (maybe infected?) when he was 10....

    and i really wish i had picked up Couture in my pool he was available until 4 weeks ago!

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  4. The Red Wing Sweep

    Kris Letang for Norris? I'd fucking riot. Enstrom is 100% deserving of it this season. Why? Because he bails out his defence partner (probable Norris candidate, Byfuglien) every night. That said, I think Lidstrom will probably walk away with another one.

    I'd choose Zetterberg over Kesler by a narrow margin.

    Lidstrom might snag the Lady Byng as well. I think this win would be a conspiracy as the Red Wings will be pretty much responsible for getting Selanne out of the Lady Byng race for this year.

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  5. heart - kessel
    vezina - reimer
    byng - kaberle
    selke - lebda
    masterson - schenn

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  6. Couture played 25 games last season, barely a rookie, Skinner is 18 and literally the youngest person in the NHL

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  7. Is it just me, or does Guy Boucher look like the villian in a James Bond movie?

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  8. Optimus Reim for Vezina

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  9. As of this point in the season (I expect things change when the second half is played)

    Calder - Sergei Bobrovsky
    Selke - Jeff Halpern
    Adams - Mike Babcock
    Masterton - Kurtis Foster
    Byng - Loui Eriksson
    Norris - Kris Letang
    Vezina - Tim Thomas
    Hart - Sidney Crosby

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  10. fully support that Kurtis Foster for Masterton Award... glad he is back in the NHL playing

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  11. Im a sharks fan. everyone here in san jose thinks Couture should win the calder, but these guys are softcore hockey fans. hardcore sharks fans, bad hockey fans. most dont even watch the canes. Skinner, he's just better, plain and simple. faster, more agile, more creative, better at stickhandling, a better passer, more explosive, just better. Couture has been banging pucks into empty nets and getting lots of bounces. Skinner has been creating for himself, rushing it end to end, and doing all these spectacular things. I don't remember San Jose fans complaining about assists not being as important as goals when Joe Thornton won the MVP award with 29 goals. Skinner is playing on a worse team, with less help, and he has more points. There's a reason for that. He's better. I wish we had him instead of Couture. Definitely agree with that pick. Letang is no go for the Norris. I'd give it Robidas because when you take defense into account, he's just fantstic. He's carried Dallas's defense corps all season.

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  12. Thanks for the insight from San Jose, some good points made for Skinner...

    I agree with your Robidas pick, every season he seems to be one of the best defencemen, he at least deserves a nomination

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  13. Robidas is a rock on D. But not even close to be a Norris guy.

    Lidstrom wins again, Hands down

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  14. who's taking the Hart now without Crosby? also... this rookie race is nuts... Hall was bringing it on, but now i think Grabner has a chance to steal it from Couture and Skinner.

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