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Lady Byng Leader

In early November I picked Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings as the Lady Byng Trophy leader.  Kopitar is the top scoring player on the lowest scoring team in the NHL.  Like the Kings, Kopitar hasn’t scored well lately.  He only has one goal since mid-November.  As a result, I am picking a new Lady Byng Trophy leader.  He is Brian Campbell of the Florida Panthers.

Campbell is the second highest scoring defenceman in the NHL with 33 points.  His offensive success has largely come on the power play.  While doing this, Campbell has only four penalty minutes.

It is very rare that a defenceman wins the Lady Byng Trophy.  Red Kelly and Bill Quackenbush are the only defencemen ever to win the award.  Kelly is the most recent defender to win in and that occurred in 1961.  It has been over fifty years since a defenceman won the award.  Defencemen, by the nature of their position, tend to take more penalties than forwards and thus are not considered as sportsmanlike.  When a defenceman plays as well as Campbell is with as low a penalty total as he has, he should be seriously considered for the Lady Byng Trophy.

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Since when is “scoring well” criteria for selecting the most gentleman-like player?

Posted by Chris A on 01/09/12 at 09:18 AM ET

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Is there any way Matt Cooke becomes a name to look at in this sort of conversation?

The guy has COMPLETELY changed his game and has only taken 7 minor penalties up to this point.  I’ve been looking at the requirements to win the award and can’t find anything that says it has to be the guy with the least amount of penalty minutes…so other things have to be taken into account.

Maybe what Cooke has done this year is more of a Masterton Trophy-type of thing, instead?

Posted by Flashtastick56 from Meriden, CT on 01/09/12 at 01:50 PM ET

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Chris

The Lady Byng Trophy goes to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.  Scoring well is the high standard of playing ability.  Only four penalty minutes on defence is the argument for sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct.  That is a remarkable number.

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 01/09/12 at 11:28 PM ET

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Is there any way Matt Cooke becomes a name to look at in this sort of conversation?

I knew the Neal and Staal injuries have been rough on Penguins fans, but I didn’t know they had lost their freaking minds.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 01/09/12 at 11:36 PM ET

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Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 01/09/12 at 09:36 PM ET

Funny.

Posted by Flashtastick56 from Meriden, CT on 01/11/12 at 07:16 PM ET

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