The NHL Awards Show is tonight at 7:30 on Versus (which, like last year, will probably carry the CBC feed that I’ll be watching from), so if you’ve read this far, it means you might care. Thank goodness it’s on cable in the US because I think THEN we’d see the lowest primetime ratings ever.
Actual voting was done right after the regualr season, so the playoffs are not taken into account. Here are my picks for the NHL Awards (updated with the guys who actually took the trophies home):
CALDER MEMORIAL TROPHY (outstanding rookie): Paul Stastny, Avalanche (Malkin will probably win, but Stastny carried the Avs late in the season as they made their push for the postseason)
ACTUAL WINNER: MALKIN
FRANK J. SELKE TROPHY (outstanding defensive forward): Jay Pandolfo, Devils
ACTUAL WINNER: ROD BRIND’ANOSE
HART MEMORIAL TROPHY (most valuable player to his team): Sidney Crosby, Penguins
ACTUAL WINNER: CROSBY
JACK ADAMS AWARD (outstanding coach): Lindy Ruff, Sabres (Just being a homer. I want Ruff to win, but if I wouldn’t be shocked if the Pens’ Michel Therrien won)
ACTUAL WINNER: ALAIN VIGNEAULT
JAMES NORRIS MEMORIAL TROPHY (outstanding defenseman): Scott Niedermayer, Ducks (Lidstrom wins every year, let’s just change it up)
ACTUAL REPORTER: LIDSTROM
LADY BYNG MEMORIAL TROPHY (sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct): Joe Sakic, Avalanche
ACTUAL WINNER: PAVEL DATSYUK
VEZINA TROPHY (outstanding goaltender): Roberto Luongo, Canucks (For me, it’s a toss-up between Brodeur and Luongo. Both had amazing seasons, but without Luongo, I think the Canucks miss the playoffs again. Since the numbers are pretty comparable so I’ll go with the goalie that was most valuable to his team, Luongo).
ACTUAL WINNER: BRODEUR