2018 NHL Awards Tracker
2018 NHL Awards Tracker
The regular season has come to an end. Who has had seasons worth celebrating? Here's a look projected look at who may be the top three finalists for the NHL's major awards.
Hart Memorial Trophy
Awarded to the most valuable player.
3. Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
Not enough people are talking about Alex Ovechkin as an MVP candidate. No player scored higher percentage of his team's goals than Ovechkin as he carried the Caps to ninth in the NHL in goals per game. Considering the Caps were dead last in shots per game, just where would they be without him?
2. Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
Nathan MacKinnon led a Colorado team that managed only 48 points last season to the playoffs.
1. Taylor Hall, New Jersey Devils
Taylor Hall led the Devils in points with 93. In second was Nico Hischier with 52. That's a difference of 41 (!!!) points. New Jersey finished the season as the second wild card in the East. There is no way the Devils reach the postseason without Hall.
Awarded to the top goalie.
3. Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets
The Jets signed Steve Mason in the offseason to be their starter, but Connor Hellebuyck quickly took over the job. At just 24-years-old, he finished the season tied for first in wins (44) and third in shutouts (6).
2. Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning
Andrei Vasilevskiy looked like he would be the runaway winner for much of the season, but fatigue caught up to him and his numbers dipped late in the season. He still should be a finalist, but he may have played his way out of winning it.
1. Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators
Pekka Rinne played in 59 games, fewer than many other top-end starters, but he still finished third in wins (42) and first in shutouts (8) to help lead the Predators to the first Presidents' Trophy in franchise history.
Calder Memorial Trophy
Awarded to the rookie of the year.
3. Brock Boeser, Vancouver Canucks
Brock Boeser was limited to only 62 games, but an incredible season that saw him tally 55 points and take home the NHL All-Star MVP award may net him some consideration.
2. Kyle Connor, Winnipeg Jets
Kyle Connor finished second on the Jets in goals with 31. He was a major contributor to one of the best teams in the NHL.
1. Mathew Barzal, New York Islanders
Mathew Barzal wrapped up this award when both Brock Boeser and Charlie McAvoy went down with injuries. Even if both had remained healthy, however, he may still have won it with his 85 points. That's more points than several veteran NHL stars managed this season like John Tavares (84), Johnny Gaudreau (84), Evgeny Kuznetsov (83) and Patrick Kane (76).
James Norris Memorial Trophy
Awarded to the top defenseman.
3. John Carlson, Washington Capitals
John Klingberg was considered a candidate for the Norris for much of the year because he was the league leader in points among defensemen. Now that Carlson has managed to overtake him, he should get just as much consideration.
2. P.K. Subban, Nashville Predators
If you like your Norris winner to be a good mix of both offense and defense, P.K. Subban is your choice. Subban is second among defensemen in goals with 16 and is playing over 24 minutes per game. With only 43.5-percent of his shifts coming in the offensive zone, clearly the Predators are using Subban in a more defensive role.
1. Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
Drew Doughty leads the entire NHL in time on ice per game and it's not as if he's an offensive guy getting shielded from playing in his defensive zone. He got the tough minutes and helped lead the Kings to the fewest goals against per game in the NHL this season.
Jack Adams Award
Awarded to the coach of the year.
3. John Hynes, New Jersey Devils
Did anyone see New Jersey as a playoff team this season?
2. Jared Bednar, Colorado Avalanche
Colorado had 48 points last season. Read that again: 48 points. The fact that they are in the playoffs is nothing short of remarkable and, if not for a certain coach in Vegas, he would be the shoo-in winner.
1. Gerad Gallant, Vegas Golden Knights
Gerard Gallant led an expansion team not just to the playoffs, but to a division championship. He is going to win coach of the year and it is not going to be close.