The NHL Playoffs will kickoff today with three games, but before that starts, we thought it'd be nice to look back on the 2017-18 campaign and highlight some of the league's top performers. We asked each of our writers to give their award winners and you can see their picks below:
|Fantasy MVP||Top Fantasy Goalie||Top Fantasy Center||Top Fantasy Right Winger|
|Michael||Evgeni Malkin||Connor Hellebuyck||Evgeni Malkin||Nikita Kucherov|
|Brian||Evgeni Malkin||Pekka Rinne||Evgeni Malkin||Nikita Kucherov|
|Ryan||Connor McDavid||Pekka Rinne||Connor McDavid||Nikita Kucherov|
|Corey||Connor McDavid||Connor Hellebuyck||Connor McDavid||Nikita Kucherov|
|Joey||Connor McDavid||Andrei Vasilevskiy||Connor McDavid||Nikita Kucherov|
|Gus||Taylor Hall||Pekka Rinne||Connor McDavid||Nikita Kucherov|
|Daniel||Connor McDavid||Pekka Rinne||Connor McDavid||Nikita Kucherov|
|Jeff||Jamie Benn||Connor Hellebuyck||Evgeni Malkin||Nikita Kucherov|
While McDavid isn't likely to win the Hart Trophy because many will see the Oilers' failure to miss the playoffs as disqualifying him, half of us did feel that he was this season's top fantasy player. Rinne also managed to edge out Hellebuyck in the goaltending category, but Kucherov was the unanimous pick as the top right winger.
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|Top Fantasy Left Winger||Top Fantasy Defenseman||Top Rookie||Biggest Surprise||Biggest Disappointment|
|Michael||Taylor Hall||P.K. Subban||Mathew Barzal||Dustin Brown||Braden Holtby|
|Brian||Brad Marchand||P.K. Subban||Mathew Barzal||William Karlsson||Brandon Saad|
|Ryan||Alex Ovechkin||Victor Hedman||Mathew Barzal||William Karlsson||Carey Price|
|Corey||Taylor Hall||John Carlson||Mathew Barzal||William Karlsson||Max Pacioretty|
|Joey||Taylor Hall||Victor Hedman||Mathew Barzal||William Karlsson||Jonathan Drouin|
|Gus||Patrik Laine||John Klingberg||Mathew Barzal||William Karlsson||Jamie Benn|
|Daniel||Taylor Hall||John Klingberg||Mathew Barzal||Mathew Barzal||Kevin Shattenkirk|
|Jeff||Claude Giroux||Tyson Barrie||Mathew Barzal||William Karlsson||Carey Price|
Barzal was the easy pick as the league's top rookie. Clayton Keller certainly had a great campaign too and perhaps Brock Boeser would have been given serious consideration if he didn't get hurt, but Barzal's 22 goals and 85 points are just amazing. That gave him a 20-point edge in the rookie race and should make him the blowout pick when it comes time to hand out the Calder Trophy.
Karlsson was the near-consensus pick for biggest surprise with only Michael and Daniel offer alternatives. Karlsson jumped from 25 points in 2016-17 to 43 goals and 78 points this season. There was no real agreement when it came to the biggest disappointment though. Jeff and I both named Price, so technically he "won."