With the NHL Awards show set to begin at 8 p.m. eastern from Las Vegas, I’d figure to give my predictions in who will win each award.
The Vezina Trophy Finalists (best goaltender): Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning (44-17-3, .919 save percentage 2.62 GAA, along with eight shutouts) Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets (44-11-9, .924 save percentage 2.36 GAA, along with six shutouts) ,and Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators (42-13-4, .927 save percentage 2.31 GAA, along with eight shutouts).
My pick: Andrei Vasilevskiy.
Frank J. Selke Trophy (best defensive forward): Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins (plus/minus 21), Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers (plus/minus 34), and Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings (plus/minus 21).
My pick: Patrice Bergeron.
Norris Trophy (best defenseman): Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning (17 goals and 46 assists, plus/minus 32), Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings (10 goals and 50 assists, plus/minus 23), and P.K. Subban, Nashville Predators (16 goals and 43 assists, plus/minus 18).
My pick: Victor Hedman.
Lady Byng Trophy (Most Gentlemanly Player): Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers, William Karlsson, Vegas Golden Knights, and Ryan O’Reilly, Buffalo Sabres.
My pick: Aleksander Barkov.
Bill Masterson Memorial Trophy (Dedication to Hockey): Brian Boyle, New Jersey Devils (diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, a type of bone marrow cancer during training camp. Came back to the lineup in November and scored 10 goals in his first 25 games. Boyle represented the New Jersey Devils at the All-Star Game and he is 33 years old), Roberto Luongo, Florida Panthers (overcame hand and groin injuries late in the season to propel a serious push to the playoffs), and Jordan Staal, Carolina Hurricanes (A co-captain and in late February, Staal and his wife, Heather, announced that their daughter, Hannah, was delivered stillborn due to a terminal birth defect previously diagnosed by doctors. Staal scored 19 goals and 27 assists in 79 games).
My pick: Brian Boyle.
Calder Memorial Trophy (best rookie): Mathew Barzal, New York Islanders (22 goals and 63 assists, plus/minus 1), Brock Boeser, Vancouver Canucks (29 goals and 26 assists, plus/minus -5.), and Clayton Keller, Arizona Coyotes (23 goals and 42 assists. plus/minus -7).
My pick: Mathew Barzal.
Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award: Deryk Engelland, Vegas Golden Knights, Wayne Simmonds, Philadelphia Flyers, and Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets.
My pick: Blake Wheeler.
Jack Adams Award (best coach): Jared Bednar, Colorado Avalanche (led the Colorado Avalanche to the Stanley Cup Playoffs after finishing the 2016-2017 season with the worst record in the league), Bruce Cassidy, Boston Bruins (led a very young team to the the third best record in the NHL), and Gerard Gallant, Vegas Golden Knights (led the Vegas Golden Knights to the Stanley Cup Finals in their first season as an NHL franchise).
My pick: Gerard Gallant.
Ted Lindsay Award (Best Player voted by NHLPA): Taylor Hall, New Jersey Devils (39 goals and 54 assists, plus/minus 14), Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche (39 goals and 58 assists, plus/minus 11), and Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers (41 goals and 67 assists, plus/minus 20).
My pick: Connor McDavid.
Hart Trophy (MVP): Taylor Hall, New Jersey Devils, Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche, and Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings (35 goals and 57 assists, plus/minus 21).
My pick: Taylor Hall.
King Clancy Memorial Trophy: Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks, P.K. Subban, Nashville Predators, and Jason Zucker, Minnesota Wild.
My pick: Daniel and Henrik Sedin.
General Manager of the year: Kevin Cheveldayoff, Winnipeg Jets, George McPhee, Vegas Golden Knights, and Steve Yzerman, Tampa Bay Lightning.
My pick: George McPhee.