The One Puck Short End of Season Awards

The 2012/13 regular season had its fair share of thrills, surprises and talking points. From Toronto’s first post season appearance for nearly a decade to Colorado’s spiral in to the basement, the truncated season gave its shares of highs and lows.

In time honoured tradition, the NHL will hand out a series of awards to those that lit up the regular season in a ceremony during this years Stanley Cup Final. One Puck Short pays tribute to those that led the way this season and, with the help of some friends, serves up our own selections for the major awards.

All selections were made prior to the official nominations being announced; but for reference purposes your Hart nominees were Sidney Crosby, John Tavares and Alexander Ovechking. Ryan Suter, PK Subban and Kris Letang were nominated for the Norris, Antti Niemi, Sergei Bobrvosky and New York;s Henrik Lundqvist are up for the Vezina whilst Jonathan Huberdeau, Brendan Gallagher and Brandon Saad are your Calder finalists.

And so without further adieu; here are the 2013 award winners for One Puck Short and friends:-

One Puck Short

Hart Trophy – Sergei Bobrovsky
Controversy to start perhaps. I’ve always been in the camp that a Hart winner has to be on a play-off team; but’ Bob’ muddied the waters this year. The best in his position this season, the most valuable player to his team. John Tavares was a very close second for me, but Bobrovsky gets the nod.

Norris Trophy – Ryan Suter
Pipping PK Subban, the former Nashville man became an absolute rock for his new club as the Wild snuck in to the post season with a win in their final game. Suter played big minuted against opposing teams big players in the ultra tough Western Conference and emerged from the shadow of former team mate Shea Weber to be a force at both ends for Minnesota.

Calder Trophy – Jonathan Huberdeau
Perhaps the only stand out on a truly atrocious Panthers team, Huberdeau leads an impressive group of prospects in Florida, and led an impressive group of rookies this season. It was a pretty good group of rookies all in all this year, but Huberdeau’s performances on the abysmal Panthers deserve respect.

Vezina Trophy – Sergei Bobrovsky
The clear winner; as stated above Bobrovsky was the best in his position this year, just falling short of a play-off berth. Honorable mention to Craig Anderson, whose super human early season play was curtailed by injury, and Antti Niemi – who would have won this in any other year after a stand out season of his own.

Frank J Selke Trophy – Jonathan Toews
A strong case could be made for Toews to win the Hart. Superior in both ends of the ice, the Blackhawks captain is one of the games elite forwards and perhaps the most complete player in the game today.

Jack Adams Award – Paul McLean
Plenty of candidates for this one; Jack Capuano and Todd Richards to name but two. MacLean rode a wave of injuries, including the loss of his number 1 centre, top defenceman and starting goaltender to get the Sens in to the play-offs.

GM of the Year – Jarmo Kekäläinen
He may have only been there for half of the season, but the first European General Manager made the biggest acquisition in Blue Jackets history and held on to the teams three first round picks in the process! Combined with a dramatic turn around in the teams fortunes with Kekäläinen and John Davidson running the show and it’s hard to look past the Finn.

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Anthony Russell – Editor of Banners on the Wall

Hart Trophy – John Tavares
Ha! See no rampant homerism from me. Whilst Ovie appears to be back to his best, a great amount of change in the Caps fortune was Oates’ coaching as much as Ovie waking up. Without John Tavares, the Islanders are nowhere near the post season. He had a supporting cast but in keeping with the wording of the award, it has to be Tavares. I agree with Greg Wyshynski, CBJ don’t make the playoffs so Bob doesn’t get the nod here but he’s second, Ovie third for me.

Norris Trophy – Ryan Suter
Suter’s combined attributes win this for me over Subban and Letang but all three had a great year.

Calder Trophy – Brenden Gallagher
Yakupov and Huberdeau scored more points but Gallagher’s play has been nothing short of outstanding. Even when the Habs have sucked he’s played well. Bar an utter meltdown in the remainder of his entry level dude, his second contract will result in Gallagher doing a Scrooge McDuck impression with the money Montreal will give him.

Vezina Trophy – Sergei Bobrovsky
And if anyone says anything else you are wrong. Not making the playoffs costs him the Hart but there is not one keeper to play better in the NHL this season.

Frank J Selke Trophy – Jonathan Toews
Two way game has been insanely good. He doesn’t deserve the Hart but he does deserve this.

Jack Adams Award – Paul McLean
The wording for the award says “adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success” and where someone like Joel Quenneville would garner consideration, most of us could have coached that Blackhawks team to the post season. Ottawa is a team where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and McLean is a big part of that. I think Adam Oates deserve some credit towards this as well.

GM of the Year – Jarmo Kekäläinen
Based on their general turn around since he appeared, I’m tempted to say Jarmo Kekäläinen of CBJ. What constitures a top GM though? Criteria for this are so subjective. He made moves to give them a chance of making the post season and has brought some excitement back to hockey in Columbus in half a season though and that’s no mean feat.

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Janne Virtanen – Editor of Push for the Pros

Hart Trophy – Sidney Crosby
Despite missing lengthy time due to a broken jaw, I think his stats and leadership speak for itself. The Pens have been an offensive behemoth this season and since Crosby’s injury they have not been as effective.

Norris Trophy – Francois Beauchemin
Beauchemin has been solid defensively for the Ducks all year. One of the league leaders in +/- speaks volumes. Beauchemin might not be on many people’s radar, but I think he has been a key part of the Ducks’ defence

Calder Trophy – Jonas Brodin
This kid will be the next Nick Lidstrom. His vision of the ice is great, he’s got the smarts and good work ethic. Didn’t really light it up in terms of points but this guy is the whole package.

Vezina Trophy – Sergei Bobrovsky
My heart says Tuukka Rask, but Bobrovsky has been just too good since Columbus got it all together. I’m going to say that Bobrovsky is the better of the two, given the patchy defense he plays behind.

Frank J Selke Trophy – Patrice Bergeron
I think this is one for Bergeron again. He’s effective both ends of the ice, I can’t think of anyone else who is as good in the two-way game than him at the moment.

Jack AdamsAward – Michel Therien
Therien! Turning the Habs around in a short period of time. Making the guys believe in a team system and reigning in the likes of PK Subban whilst still making sure that he is efficient.

GM of the Year
Given the lockout, no-one. Boo GMs

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So there you have it folks. Agree? Disagree? You can leave us a comment below or tweet me at @RobMcGregor35, Janne at @Amateur_Hockey or Anthony at @84ARussell

Special thanks to Anthony and Janne for their contributions to this blog piece and I thoroughly recommend visiting their own blogs for more hockey goodness.

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About Rob

Software engineer by day, Elite League Media man by night, Rob also blogs about cricket for One Stump Short, hockey for In Goal Magazine and video games for Outpost Delta as well as hosting the One Stump Short Podcast.

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