The Pro Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) held a vote for midseason NHL awards. The vote was open to members of the PHWA and fans. The results were released Friday and no Capitals player was among the three finalists for any of the awards.
Clearly if anyone from Washington is going to win hardware this season, they will need a strong second half to the season.
For clarity’s sake on these, the PHWA votes on several awards at the end of the season, but not all of them. Since this was just an informal exercise, the PHWA vote was for every award regardless of who ultimately decides those awards at the end of the season. The vote also included a few made up awards that do not actually exist such as the Rod Langway award for the best defensive defenseman.
In the interest of full disclosure, I should note that I am a member of the PHWA and I did vote. Here are the results:
Hart Trophy - to the player adjudged to be most valuable to his team.
1. Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning
2. Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
3. John Tavares, New York Islanders
Norris Trophy - to the defenseman who demonstrates the greatest all-round ability in the position.
1. Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning
2. Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
3. John Klingberg, Dallas Stars
Selke Trophy - to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.
1. Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins
2. Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers
3. Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
Calder Trophy - to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition.
1. Mathew Barzal, New York Islanders
2. Brock Boeser, Vancouver Canucks
3. Charlie McAvoy, Boston Bruins
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. Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames
2. Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs
3. Ryan O’Reilly, Buffalo Sabres
Vezina Trophy - to the goaltender adjudged to be the best at his position.
1. Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning
2. Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets
3. Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators
Jack Adams Award - to the coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success.
1. Gerard Gallant, Vegas Golden Knights
2. Jon Cooper, Tampa Bay Lightning
3. Paul Maurice, Winnipeg Jets
GM of the Year Award - to the General Manager adjusted to have contributed most to his team's success.
1. George McPhee, Vegas Golden Knights
2. Steve Yzerman, Tampa Bay Lightning
3. Ray Shero, New Jersey Devils
Rod Langway Award - to the defenseman who best excels in the defensive aspect of the game.
1. Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
2. Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins
3. Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning
Comeback Player of the Year Award - to the player who returned to a previous high level of performance that was interrupted by subpar play, long-term injury or major illness.
1. Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
2. Brian Boyle, New Jersey Devils
3. Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
Those results, however, are for the first half the season and not a projection for who will ultimately win the award. Victor Hedman, for example, is first for the Norris, but as he is out with injury it seems unlikely he will ultimately win the award.