Wednesday, April 16, 2014

2013-14 NHL Awards Predictions

The 2013-14 regular season is all wrapped up and the Professional Hockey Writers' Association has submitted their ballots for various NHL Awards winners. Most of the awards seem like virtual locks for standout players while others will be hotly debated until the bitter end. With all the trophy talk going on we thought we'd toss out our picks for the major NHL awards and see how we did come June when the winners are revealed.

Here are our picks for the 2013-14 NHL Awards:

Hart Memorial Trophy - Sidney Crosby

Crosby dominated the scoring race with 36 goals and 104 points to win the Art Ross Trophy by 17 points. Playing against some of the best competition in the league, Crosby again made those around him better with a league leading 68 assists. His 36 goals were timely too with 22 of them coming when down by 1 goal or all tied up. Throw in a decent possession stats and the fact that if you watch him play you realize he's by the far the best player on the planet and you have your MVP.

Vezina Trophy - Tuukka Rask

His stats say it all. 36-15-6 record, league leading 2.04 GAA and .930 SV% for goalies with 50+ games played (sorry Josh Harding), and a league leading 7 shutouts. There will be some that say these stats are a result of the solid Bruins team in front of him, but it's not like he didn't have to stop pucks. Rask had the best 5-on-5 save percentage at .942% and this Vezina win would be like adding another dump truck of salt into the wound for Maple Leafs fans.

James Norris Memorial Trophy - Duncan Keith

Keith finished 2nd in defensive scoring behind Erik Karlsson with 6 goals and 61 points in 79 games and was one of the best possession defenceman in the league at 5-on-5 with a 56.6 CF%. He controlled the game from both ends and was on the ice for the most goals for out of any other defenceman at 126 goals while registering a respectable +22 rating. Averaging 24:38 TOI a night, Keith was a standout d-man in all situations and should win his 2nd Norris Trophy at season's end.

Calder Trophy - Nathan MacKinnon

MacKinnon led all rookies in goals (24), assists (39), and points (63) to help the Avalanche win the very difficult Central Division. Playing just over 17 minutes a night, MacKinnon put up 241 shots on goal, 17 powerplay points, a +20 rating, and 5 game winning goals. In case you forgot, he's only 18-years-old. That number alone amplifies him as rookie of the year in our minds as it's not too often one of the youngest kids in the league finishes 35th in NHL scoring.

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy - Dominic Moore

There's more than a few candidates for this honour for a variety of reasons, but none come close to overcoming the loss of a spouse. Moore left the game of hockey during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs to be with his wife, Katie, who was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer. She passed on January 7th, 2013 and Moore missed the lockout shortened season for obvious reasons. He returned this season with a heavy heart to register 6 goals and 18 points while playing almost 12 minutes/night.

Jack Adams Award - Patrick Roy

So many options for this award and for different reasons. Coaches like Babcock and Bylsma winning despite injuries, a coach like Cooper winning with a very young team, and coaches like Julien and Boudreau just straight up winning. But in our minds, Patrick Roy was above the rest. Many pegged Colorado to miss the playoffs, but instead they won the Central Division and found a way to win despite not having the puck very much.

Frank J. Selke Trophy - Patrice Bergeron

Bergeron will finish near the top of most categories coaches love to see guys do well in. With 30 goals and 62 points, Bergy might not have had his best offensive season, but he certainly had his best defensive one to date. Playing 18 minutes/game, he finished with a league best 5-on-5 Corsi at 61.2%, finished 2nd in +/- at +38, and was the NHL's best faceoff man with over 1000 wins and a 58.6 winning percentage.

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy - Ryan O'Reilly

A quick scan of the scoring leaders with lowest PIM total will reveal Marty St. Louis has deserving of his 4th Lady Byng, but we think some people - especially those in Tampa Bay - would disagree with his gentlemanly behaviour. Then there's the Av's Ryan O'Reilly. 28 goals, 64 points, and 2 PIM. That penalty? A playing with a broken stick penalty. O'Reilly also led the league in takeaways which makes his low PIM total even more surprising that he didn't earn any hooking or tripping penalties with that high stat.


  1. Chara gets the Norris for me.

  2. Same here... Chara should win Norris trophy this year

  3. Nah, Keith is the clear winner. His CF% is insane for a team that struggled with defense for most of the year.

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