NHL Awards

Quick Links

NHL Awards tracker: Russian vs. Russian

usatsi_10048667.jpg
USA TODAY Sports

NHL Awards tracker: Russian vs. Russian

A week by week look at where the race for the major individual NHL awards stands and which Caps could be in contention.

Alex Ovechkin remains a dark horse for the Hart Trophy because he remains atop the NHL in goals helping to boost a Caps' offense that has been inconsistent this season. But he may not be in the lead for long.

Evgeni Malkin of the rival Pittsburgh Penguins is on a hot streak and has pulled to within two goals of his fellow Russian countryman. In his last five games alone, Malkin has found the back of the net nine times. That's an unsustainable pace, but it has propelled him to second in the NHL with a lot of time left to catch Ovechkin.

Just yet another storyline to watch between the rival teams.

Here are the Caps' hopefuls for awards this season:

John Carlson

In contention for: Norris

Carlson is fourth among all defensemen with 41 points, but his case goes beyond the numbers. With two rookies on the blue line and an injury to Matt Niskanen, the Caps have asked a lot of Carlson this season and he has always been up to the task.

SEE THIS WEEK'S 2018 NHL AWARDS TRACKER HERE

Braden Holtby

In contention for: Vezina

Holtby sits third in the NHL in wins with 27 in 39 games played. The two goalies who boast more wins, Andrei Vasilevskiy and Connor Hellebuyck, have also played in more games (45 and 44 games, respectively).

Alex Ovechkin

In contention for: Hart

Ovechkin still leads the NHL in goals with 32. Yes, Malkin is hot on his heels, but it should be noted that even with nine goals in a span of five games, Malkin still trails Ovechkin by two. That's how good Ovechkin has been.

Barry Trotz

In contention for: Jack Adams

Let's turn the clock back to before the season. No one knew what to expect from the Caps. Maybe they were a playoff team, maybe they weren't. The fact that Barry Trotz has coached this team to first place in the Metropolitan Division at this point, especially given the injuries the team faced earlier in the season, may be a bigger surprise than it would have been if the Caps were on the outside looking in at a playoff spot. So long as Vegas continues winning, Gerard Gallant is going to win this award, but a case can be made that this is Trotz's best season since coming to Washington.

Check out who the top candidates are for the league's major individual awards in this week's 2018 NHL Awards Tracker!

Quick Links

NHL Awards tracker: A sprint to the finish

usatsi_10547254.jpg
USA TODAY Sports

NHL Awards tracker: A sprint to the finish

A week by week look at where the race for the major individual NHL awards stands and which Caps could be in contention.

No more breaks, no more resets. The longest break the Caps have between games from no to the end of the season is three days. They will play the remaining 32 games of the season over a 65-day stretch. That leaves the team's possible award candidates with plenty of opportunities to make their case for some hardware.

Here are the Caps' hopefuls for awards this season:

John Carlson

In contention for: Norris

Only two defensemen among the NHL's top ten in points were not extended invites to the All-Star Game. Carslon, currently No. 3 with 40 points, was one of them.  While that and the fact that he ranks fifth in the NHL in time on ice per game was not good enough to get him to Tampa, it should be enough to at least warrant Norris consideration.

SEE THIS WEEK'S 2018 NHL AWARDS TRACKER HERE

Braden Holtby

In contention for: Vezina

Holtby is second in the NHL in wins with 26. His save percentage and GAA are not among the league's leaders, but considering he is playing behind a blue line with two rookies in the top six, the fact that he keeps winning is pretty impressive.

Alex Ovechkin

In contention for: Hart

Alex Ovechkin leads the league in goals with 30. Washington has scored 155 goals this season which means Ovechkin has contributed over 19-percent of his team's offense. That's higher than Nikita Kucherov, John Tavares and Auston Matthews. In fact, it is the highest percentage in the NHL.

Barry Trotz

In contention for: Jack Adams

Let's turn the clock back to before the season. No one knew what to expect from the Caps this season. Maybe they were a playoff team, maybe they weren't. The fact that Barry Trotz has coached this team to first place in the Metropolitan Division at this point, especially given the injuries the team faced earlier in the season, may be a bigger surprise than it would have been if the Caps were on the outside looking in at a playoff spot. So long as Vegas continues winning, Gerard Gallant is going to win this award, but a case can be made that this is Trotz's best season since coming to Washington.

Check out who the top candidates are for the league's major individual awards in this week's 2018 NHL Awards Tracker!

Quick Links

2018 NHL Awards Tracker: Caps have work to do after the All-Star break

usatsi_10565617.jpg
USA TODAY Sports

2018 NHL Awards Tracker: Caps have work to do after the All-Star break

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.

SEE THIS WEEK’S 2018 NHL AWARDS TRACKER HERE

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.

Be sure to check out this week’s 2018 NHL Awards tracker here to see where they differ from the PHWA’s midseason awards!