Sunday, March 10, 2013

Awards At The Half

Most teams are hitting the 24-game mark of the season now so it's time to make our picks for NHL Awards at the halfway point of the 2013 NHL season. A few weeks ago we did our awards at the quarter and much has changed since mid-February. 

Take a look and tell us what you think:

Hart Memorial Trophy - Sidney Crosby

Crosby leads the NHL in scoring with 12 goals and 45 points in 26 games which over an 82-game season would have him on pace for 141 points. Sid is playing just under 22 minutes a night and recently had his ninth 3-points or more game of the season. There's really not much to say, he's been the best player in the league and has helped his Penguins to 2nd overall in the Eastern Conference.

Vezina Trophy - Antti Niemi

Niemi has been lights out for the Sharks despite their lack of offensive power in the past month. Currently ranked in the top 5 for both GAA and SV% with more games played than the goalies in front of him, Niemi has been a big part of the Sharks success this season allowing 2 goals or less in 13 of his 20 games. Ranked 29th in the league with 2.14 goals/game, they're also ranked 5th overall in goals against/game thanks to Niemi pulling out all the stops to keep them in games.

James Norris Memorial Trophy - Kris Letang

Erik Karlsson won't be repeating this year thanks to a sliced Achilles, so the field is wide open right now with many great contenders. Currently though, you have to like Kris Letang's chances. Leading all d-men in points with 26 (in a full season would be on pace for 89), Letang has been doing everything for the Penguins with over 26 minutes of playing time a night. Once again though, this race is wide open and a lot can happen over the next 24 games.

Calder Trophy - Jonathan Huberdeau

Huberdeau leads all NHL rookies in goal scoring with 12 on the season, and is only 3 points behind Tampa's Cory Conacher for the point scoring race. Huby's had plenty of chances with 71 shots on goal and has been playing with much less talent than that of Conacher (Stamkos and St. Louis). With many Panthers regulars out of the lineup these days Huberdeau will have plenty of ice time to develop and improve. He's our midseason pick for the Calder.

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy - Andrei Markov

In our minds, Markov still deserves this award for not having missed a game yet. While his point production has slowed down and he now has 17 points through 26 games, his Habs still remain atop the Eastern Conference. Markov's been a rock on the Habs powerplay playing an average of 5:03/game on the powerplay and having 15 of his 17 points coming with the extra man.

Jack Adams Award - Joel Quenneville

No matter what happens to the Hawks this season, we will all remember The Streak. Quenneville has his team leading the league by 6 points thanks to a 21-2-3 record to start the season. Everything about his team is impressive: special teams, their +27 goal differential, and their balanced scoring. Plus, he has a phenomenal mustache.

Frank J. Selke Trophy - Eric Staal

Staal has had one hell of a turnaround season. Consider this, last season after 23 games he had 10 points and was a chilly -17. This season through 24 games, he has 30 points and is a balmy +19. Staal is doing it all this season to help the Canes win whether it be offensively, killing penalties or taking key draws. The captain deserves some recognition and he gets ours at the halfway mark.

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy - Patrick Kane

Kane leads his Hawks in scoring with 30 points in 26 games and is ranked 5th overall in NHL scoring. He also only has 2 PIMs on the season - a hooking penalty way back in January. Kane's definitely put his game in another gear this season and his usually good for at least 25+ PIMs/season, but has found a way to stay out of the box this year. Even more surprising, we haven't heard of any off-ice problems with Kane.

What do you think of our Award winners at the half?


  1. Solid choices boys. Mine are all the same with the following exceptions:

    Vezina: Craig Anderson (Ott)
    Masteron: Markov (Mon)...same as you guys, but even though he was back last year...I think Crosby still gets some massive consideration here.

  2. Crosby should just win every award this year


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