by PuckStopsHere on 12/06/13 at 01:21 AM ET
At the beginning of November, I picked Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks as the Lady Byng Trophy leader. While he is a contender for the award, I don't think he is the leader on his own San Jose team. Joe Thornton has more points (31 vs. 28) and fewer penalty minutes (2 vs. 6). Joe Thornton is a better Lady Byng Trophy candidate.
Thornton is a future Hall of Famer who has won the Hart Trophy, but he has never been a serious Lady Byng Trophy candidate before this season. In fact, he has exceeded 100 penalty minutes three times in his earlier career. The veteran Thornton has played a more and more sportsmanlike game. In 2011/12 he had 31 penalty minutes in 82 games played. He is on pace to significantly reduce that total this year. He is also on pace to have his best offensive season since 2008.
Joe Thornton is a top NHL player who has had a very good career. He might be on pace to increase his Hall of Fame credentials with another good season that could lead to the Lady Byng Trophy.
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