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Award Winners At The Quarter Pole

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

...  here’s a look at the some of the players who have made a strong impression through the first 20 or so games of 2013-14, setting themselves up as the early favorites to take home the hardware next June.

Hart Trophy
Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks: Night in, night out, Toews is playing better two-way hockey than anyone in the league. You can see the incremental improvements in so many areas of his game–his skating, his ability to protect the puck, his strength along the boards and down low–and you can sense in all of it how driven he is to carry the Blackhawks to another Stanley Cup. This is a Hall of Fame-caliber player entering his prime, and he’s been a treat to watch.

Also in the mix:

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins: It looked like he’d run away with it early on until he was dragged down by a seven-game goal drought. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him pull away from the pack at any moment.

Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks: The best player on the league’s best team. He has that hunger in his eyes every time he hits the ice–motivated by Sochi, perhaps?

Alex Steen, St. Louis Blues: Tough award for a dark horse to win, but there’s no denying his impact in the early going. His dogged puck pursuit and strong defense are creating the opportunities that have him seen him outscore every player in the league.

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perfection's avatar

Danny DK doesn’t even make the top four for rookies? he’s leading the veteran ladened Red Wings in minutes every night and playing nearly flawless hockey.

I’m starting to wonder how good this kid can get? for him to already make hockey look so easy, you just wonder if he won’t be challenging for Norris trophies in 4 or 5 years? he kind of reminds me of Lidstrom with not as good of a shot but a better skater. His hockey IQ just seems off the charts

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 11/18/13 at 04:45 PM ET

wolverine's avatar

Danny DK doesn’t even make the top four for rookies?

Muir and SI don’t know hockey.  How about this gem about Toews…

You can see the incremental improvements in so many areas of his game–his skating, his ability to protect the puck, his strength along the boards and down low

He was team Canada;s best player in the Olympics and won a gold medal in Vancouver.  He won a Stanley Cup in 2010 after he just turned 22 years of age as team Captain when he was the MVP of the playoffs.  He was a stud then and he’s a stud now.  Nothing incremental about his game at all.  Muir wants us to think he knows hockey.

Posted by wolverine on 11/18/13 at 07:23 PM ET

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