Haggerty's NHL award voting
"To the player judged to be the most valuable to his team"
1) Sidney Crosby – This might have been the easiest vote of all. His 104 points were 17 more than anybody else, and he did while holding together an injury-plagued Penguins team long enough to run away with the Metro Division. Hard to envision Pittsburgh getting anywhere close to that without him.’
2) Ryan Getzlaf – the best player on the NHL’s second best team scored 26 of his 31 goals in five-on-five play, had seven game-winners and finished second behind Sidney Crosby with his 87 points. He was also just outside the NHL’s top-10 with a plus-28 on the season.
3) Joe Pavelski finished third in the NHL with 41 goals and tied for eighth with 78 points, played all 82 games, won 56 percent of his face offs and started his shifts outside the offensive well more than half the time while also managing a plus-23 rating. He still flies a bit under the radar, but it’s Pavelski as much as anybody else that makes the San Jose Sharks so good. While some may cast a two-way forward vote to the excellent Patrice Bergeron for the Hart, Pavelski simply put up the better numbers when all things are considered.
4) Tyler Seguin was the single biggest factor in the Dallas turnaround that saw them become a playoff team this season, and finished in the top five with both his 37 goals and 84 points. Seguin had 26 even strength goals for the Stars, and eight game-winning goals while showing the consistency and maturity that sometimes eluded him in Boston.
5) Ben Bishop was the giant constant between the pipes for a Tampa Bay Lightning team that lost Steve Stamkos for most of the season, and saw Marty St. Louis traded at the deadline. The 37 wins, 2.23 goals against average, .924 save percentage and five shutouts behind an oft-times suspect Lightning defense was the one reliable thing that pushed the Bolts into the playoffs.
Toughest omissions: Semyon Varlamov, Patrice Bergeron, Corey Perry and Claude Giroux.
"To the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position"
1) Zdeno Chara finished fourth among NHL defensemen with 17 goals, finished seventh with a plus-25 rating while leading the NHL’s best team, the Boston Bruins, with a Relative Corsi Quality of Competition of 1.579. What this means is that he contributed heavily offensively to the Bruins, and consistently thrived in shutting down the opponents’ best players. The fact he did all of this while turning 37 years old and breaking in 20-year-old Dougie Hamilton as his defensive partner this season just adds to the award-winning resume.
2) Drew Doughty showed just good he was to a national audience as a member of Team Canada during the Olympics in Sochi, but also had a typically excellent season for the Los Angeles Kings. Ten goals and 37 points with a plus-18 rating and 25:42 of ice time for Doughty in 78 games for the Kings, and led all Kings defenseman with a .608 Relative Corsi Quality of Competition. One of these years will be Doughty’s turn because he’s that good.
3) Duncan Keith would likely win the award if it was simply based on offensive stats, but it’s difficult to cast votes for a defenseman that doesn’t play in a shutdown defensive role for his team. That role belongs to Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya for the Blackhawks, and instead Keith has zone start ratio of 55 percent. Keith led all NHL defenseman with 55 assists and was second with 61 points while finishing with a plus-22 rating, and will get his share of votes.
4) Shea Weber has eye-popping offensive stats with his 23 goals and 56 points, and was a workhorse averaging 26:54 of ice time, fourth best among NHL defensemen, for an undermanned Nashville Predators team. He consistently played top minutes as a shutdown defenseman, but also finished a minus-2 in front of a patchwork group of goaltenders. The
5) Alex Pietrangelo finished with 51 points and a plus-20 while lining up against the other team’s best players for 25:21 of ice time, and 31 of his 51 points arrived during five-on-five play. Like Doughty, some day it will be Pietrangelo’s turn to collect the hardware. But that day hasn’t arrived yet.
Toughest omissions: Ryan Suter and Mark Giordano.
Toughest omissions: Ryan Suter and Mark Giordano.
"To the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition"
1) Nathan MacKinnon was the youngest player in the league, and led all rookies with 24 goals and 63 points along with a plus-20 rating while helping to lead the Avs back into the playoffs. No brainer.
2) Ondrej Palat was another of the young reasons why the Tampa Bay Lightning are back in the playoffs after a tumultuous season. Palat finished with 23 goals and 59 points and led all rookies with a plus-32.
3) Torey Krug led all rookie defenseman with 14 goals and 40 points in his first full season with the Bruins, and was single biggest factor in a Boston power play turnaround that saw them rank third among NHL teams.
4) Hampus Lindholm was the best rookie D-man in the Western Conference with six goals and 30 points for the Anaheim Ducks, and was second among rookies with a plus-29 rating on the season.
5) Tyler Johnson was the “other” rookie forward sensation with the Tampa Bay Lightning finishing with 24 goals, 50 points and a plus-23 on the season while leading all NHL rookies with five shorthanded goals on the season. In fact he tied with Brad Marchand for the NHL lead.
Toughest omissions: Jacob Trouba, Danny DeKeyser, Frederik Andersen, Eddie Lack.
LADY BYNG TROPHY
"To the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability"
1) Ryan O’Reilly went without a penalty for more than 60 games this season, and finished with just 2 PIMs in 80 games played to go along with 28 goals and 64 points. He should be the runaway winner.
2) Daniel Paille plays on the best fourth line in the NHL for the Bruins, but picked up only six PIMs in 72 games for the Black and Gold while exemplifying gentlemanly action on the ice.
3) Ben Smith played in a bottom-six energy role for the Chicago Blackhawks all season, and finished with just two PIMs in 75 games to go along with 14 goals and 26 points. Jerry York would be so proud of the former BC boy.
4) Marcus Johansson managed just 4 PIMs in 80 games while scoring 44 points for the Washington Capitals.
5) Loui Eriksson has been a finalist for the award before with the Dallas Stars, and will once again get some votes while racking up just six PIMs in 61 games for the Bruins in an injury-marred season.
"To the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game"
1) Patrice Bergeron is the clear winner in this category. He’s taken more face offs (1,732) than anybody else in the running for the award, wins those face offs (third in the NHL with a 58.6 percent success rate) finished second in the NHL in plus-minus (plus-38), consistently faces the other team’s best competition, and has a zone start ratio of about 55 percent. He also scored 30 goals for just the second time in his career, and topped 60 points for those that need offensive numbers with their defensive awards. He also would have won last year if a number of Chicago voters didn’t leave him completely off their ballots.
2) Jonathan Toews won 57.2 percent of his 1,544 face offs, finished with a plus-26 and had a respectable 28 goals and 68 points for the Chicago Blackhawks. Like Bergeron, Toews typically lines up against the other team’s best players and shuts them down. His three shorthanded goals and five shorthanded points were among the best in the NHL.
3) Joe Pavelski won 56 percent of his face offs, scored 41 goals for the Sharks, finished nine in the NHL in points and was a respectable plus-23 as a two-way force for San Jose.
4) Anze Kopitar finished tied for fourth in the NHL with a plus-34 rating, and he certainly carried the offensive part of the award with 29 goals and 70 points. But the LA Kings center also has a zone start ratio of about 55 percent, and was a step below both Bergeron and Toews with his 53.3 percent success rate in the face off circle. I’m not sure I understand the trendy movement to try and make him the Selke winner. He’s nowhere close to the two-way forward that Bergeron is.
5) Antoine Vermette finished with a zero plus/minus rating, but also won 56.4 percent of his face offs while playing in all 82 games, scoring three shorthanded goals and finishing with 24 goals and 45 points. But Vermette also started in the offensive zone just 43 percent of the time, and had the highest Relative Corsi Quality of Competition (1.573) for a Phoenix Coyotes center. He clearly faced the opponents’ best players in tough situations each and every night.
Toughest omissions: Sidney Crosby, David Krejci, Joe Thornton.