by PuckStopsHere on 04/04/14 at 11:29 PM ET
A little over a month ago, I picked Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars as the Lady Byng Trophy leader. He is having a remarkable breakthrough year. He currently stands fifth in scoring in the NHL. It is the sportsmanship side of the Lady Byng Trophy that knocks him from the lead. In the past month his penalty minute total has climbed from four to sixteen.
My current pick is Ryan O'Reilly of the Colorado Avalanche. O'Reilly has only two penalty minutes on the season. In the top 130 scorers in the league, only O'Reilly and Frans Nielsen of the New York Islanders have fewer than ten penalty minutes this season. Nielsen has four times as many penalty minutes as O'Reilly with eight. Ryan O'Reilly is not the top flight player that Tyler Seguin is. He is 40th in scoring in the NHL with 59 points. While that is good, it is probably not good enough for an All Star Game spot. It certainly doesn't make him the best player on his team - though on a few weaker teams it would. It is the remarkably low penalty minute total that is why he should be rewarded as Lady Byng Trophy winner.
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