One Puck Short Midseason Awards
The 2013/14 NHL regular season has reached its half way point. There are those that have lived up to expectations, those who have done better than predicted and of course those who have fallen short of expectation.
In October, I posted my predictions for this seasons NHL awards – how right (or wrong) was I? Well, here’s how I see it now:
Hart Trophy – Sidney Crosby (Prediction: Sidney Crosby)
Despite being without their top 4 D men, and Evgeni Malkin, for part of the season, Pittsburgh remain something of a juggernaut in the East – leading the Metropolitan Division by a whopping 15 points.
Crosby has been a pretty big reason why. Whether you judge the Hart by its literal description of ‘the player most valuable to his team’, or just the widely accepted ‘best player’ definition, Crosby covers both bases.
His 65 points in 45 games eclipses all others, and by a significant margin.
Norris Trophy – Duncan Keith (Prediction: Ryan Suter)
Perhaps the most hotly contested categories thus far; Keith shades out Suter, Shea Weber and Drew Doughty thanks to his stand out defensive play combined with an excellent season (thus far) offensively.
Calder Trophy – Nathan MacKinnon (Prediction: Alexsander Barkov)
An injury to San Jose’s Thomas Hertl blew this one wide open. The Sharks forward was in the driving seat before Dustin Brown wiped his knee out, opening the door for the young Avs forward.
Valeri Nichushkin and Tobey Krug deserved an honourable mention, whilst Seth Jones early season play keeps him in the race, but the Halifax native’s 14 goals and 28 points, surrounded by some gorgeous plays, take it for me.
Vezina Trophy – Ben Bishop (Prediction: Henrik Lundqvist)
6’7″ Bishop showed flashes of talent in St Louis and Ottawa, before a trade last April took him to the sunshine state.
The 27-year old has flourished with the Lightning, helping Jon Cooper’s side to 2nd in the Atlantic. I predicted they’d finish bottom of the Division, citing goaltending as a concern…
Bishop is a pretty big reason why I was wrong. So, so wrong.
Selke Trophy – Patrice Bergeron (Prediction: Jonathan Toews)
The Selke is still basically a three horse race; though Pavel Datsyuk’s injury earlier in the season might put him half a step behind Bergeron and Toews this season.
The Bruins superior defensive play, of which Bergeron is an integral part, means the Quebec native edges it.
Jack Adams – Patrick Roy
After backing the Avs to steal a wild card spot in my Western Conference predictions, the Avs are currently 3rd in the Central.
That’s the team that finished 29th overall last season, in the crappy North West, now 3rd in arguably the toughest Division in the entire NHL.
Roy for the Adams is the easiest pick of the lot.