Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Awards At The First Quarter Mark

The NHL season is 12 games in which means we're at the first quarter mark of the season and it's time to make some award predictions based off a relatively small sample size! Looking at stats and not-so-deep analysis of how players have played, we've come up with the following results for who would take home the major awards if the season were to end today. Sure this all means shit with 36 games to go in the season, but it's interesting to see what players have been award-worthy out the gate.

Take a look and tell us what you think:

Hart Memorial Trophy - Thomas Vanek

If it wasn't for Vanek the Buffalo Sabres would be sitting at the bottom of the NHL (which would make us very happy), but he's kept them in games they had no right being in. Of his 11 goals, 9 are when his team's trailed or been tied; he's not just scoring the last goal in a blowout. Vanek is lighting it up with two 5-point games already with no signs of slowing down. MVP in the NHL thus far although his team is shit.

Vezina Trophy - Craig Anderson

It pains us to say that Craig Anderson has been lights out for the Ottawa Senators, but with a 6-2-2 record and league-leading numbers like a 1.49 GAA and .950 SV% he's been one of the most consistent goalies in 2013. He's playing like he did when he first came to Ottawa and if he keeps it up he'll definitely be in the running for the Vezina (which we hope he doesn't because we're Leafs fans).

James Norris Memorial Trophy - Erik Karlsson

Karlsson not only leads all defencemen in goals, but he also leads his team with 5 on the season. His offence is still there with 9 points and a league-leading 53 shots on goal, but his defence has been consistent and he is a +5 through 12 games. While many expected him to fall off a bit from his Norris winning season in 2011-12, Karlsson is easily proving that his 78-point season was no fluke.

Calder Trophy - Vladimir Tarasenko

This a toughie with such a great crop of rookies to choose from, but we're going to with Vladimir Tarasenko of the St. Louis Blues. The Rookie of the Month for January has made it clear he can be an elite player in the NHL with 5 goals and 10 points. NHL fans have finally seen what they've been missing from this KHLer. Playing on a deep Blues team, the Russian will see less ice time than other candidates, and potentially even more from the young Russian player ruiner, Ken Hitchcock.

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy - Andrei Markov

Markov has been a broken down man the last few years with his right knee hanging on to his body with duck tape. Having only played a combined 20 NHL games the previous two seasons, Markov has returned to his All-Star form with 10 points in 11 games so far this season. The injury bug hasn't hit him yet, but if he manages to shake it for the season he definitely deserves to take home this award and be mocked by Hologram Bill Masterton.

Jack Adams Award - Bruce Boudreau

The Ducks have surprised us all and sit 4th overall in the league with 17 points in 11 games. Not bad for a team that finished in the lottery last year. Boudreau has the Ducks buying into his system and must be treating himself to ice cream after every game. The scariest thing is the Ducks have been successful without their big guns scoring and a 30-year-old rookie goaltender.

Frank J. Selke Trophy - Jonathan Toews

It's time Toews gets some love for his great two-way game. He's been one of the Hawks top penalty killers and takes all the important faceoffs for his team. Toews is +9 so far in 12 games and has been a complete player in both ends by putting up a point-per-game. Toews has been in the running the past few years and was a finalist in 2011, so based on how this award is normally handed out to people not named Pavel Datsyuk - he's due.

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy - Martin St. Louis

Marty has already won this award twice and was seeking a 3-peat before Brian Campbell politely took the award last year. St. Louis is off to a very gentlemanly start with only 2 PIMs (a suspect hooking call that made Guy Boucher do this) and he's lighting it up with Stamkos and Conacher with 16 points through 11 games. Basically he puts up big points and stays out of the box... and probably helps the elderly cross the street safely.


  1. Zetterberg gets my vote for the Hart Memorial Trophy.

  2. Vanek will fade and be out of the top 10 in scoring by the end of the season.


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