by PuckStopsHere on 03/02/14 at 03:28 PM ET
At the beginning of January, I picked Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks as the Lady Byng Trophy leader. While I think defencemen should get more consideration for the Lady Byng Trophy - as only three have ever won the award - I think Keith's penalty minute total which has swelled to 14 on the season has removed him from the lead. My current selection is Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars. He has scored at essentially a point per game rate with 57 points in 58 games while posting only four penalty minutes.
Another top candidate is Martin St Louis who plays in the weaker East Conference and is also a point per game player with six penalty minutes. There is also some support for Ryan O'Reilly of the Colorado Avalanche because he has no penalty minutes whatsoever. The problem with O'Reilly is he is clearly not having an all star season and there is no reasonable argument that he is the best player on his team this season. Seguin and St Louis have been the best players on their teams this season.
An interesting point about Tyler Seguin is that he was traded from Boston for Loui Eriksson last summer. This is a poor trade for the Bruins who did not give Seguin a chance to play on their top line. Seguin is the better talent who will almost certainly provide a bigger value over his career. There was some hope that Eriksson would provide a bigger value now before Seguin developed into a star. That hasn't happened due to Eriksson's injury this season and due to Seguin's fast development. There is no question that Tyler Seguin is among the depth players that Canada left off the Olympic team who would have been successful if they were selected.
Tyler Seguin is the current lady Byng Trophy leader. He is a point per game player who leads his team and plays a very sportsmanlike game. That makes him a good Lady Byng Trophy candidate.
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