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NHL Awards Announced

The NHL Award show happened today in Las Vegas.  Here were my choices for the awards and nominees when the season ended and here were my comments when the award nominees were announced.

Had I been given an award ballot I would have made a minor change in the results.  James Neal would have made second team all star at left wing in place of Ray Whitney.  I think Neal had a better season but he lost out because he plays both left and right wing and made first team all star on right wing.  It would have been interesting if Neal made first team all star on right wing and second team at left wing.  He almost did.  Claude Giroux had a similar situation finishing third in voting at both centre and right wing.  He lost out for lack of a defined position.

Here are voting results - beneath them will be my comments:

Norris Trophy Voting

#  Player Team PTS 1st 2st 3st 4st 5st
1 Erik Karlsson OTT 1069 66 31 32 9 5
2 Shea Weber NSH 1057 49 54 32 9 2
3 Zdeno Chara BOS 950 32 48 47 19 2
4 Alex Pietrangelo STL 381 0 7 20 68 28
5 Nicklas Lidstrom DET 132 0 5 4 16 29
6 Dan Girardi NYR 70 2 0 4 6 12
7 Brian Campbell FLA 58 0 2 2 6 16
8 Ryan Suter NSH 57 0 1 3 5 20
9 Kris Letang PIT 40 0 0 4 3 11
10 Dan Hamhuis VAN 21 0 1 0 3 5
11 Ryan Mcdonagh NYR 13 0 0 1 2 2
12 Michael Del Zotto NYR 5 0 0 0 1 2
13 Duncan Keith CHI 4 0 0 0 1 1
13 Keith Yandle PHO 4 0 0 0 1 1
15 Dustin Byfuglien WPG 4 0 0 0 0 4
15 Alexander Edler VAN 4 0 0 0 0 4
17 Dan Boyle SJ 2 0 0 0 0 2
18 Kevin Bieksa VAN 1 0 0 0 0 1
18 Willie Mitchell LA 1 0 0 0 0 1
18 Kevin Shattenkirk STL 1 0 0 0 0 1

Jack Adams Award Voting

#  Player Team PTS 1st 2st 3st
1 Ken Hitchcock STL 355 63 11 7
2 John Tortorella NYR 108 5 23 14
3 Paul Maclean OTT 89 4 19 12
4 Kevin Dineen FLA 82 5 14 15
5 Barry Trotz NSH 39 3 5 9
6 Dan Bylsma PIT 25 2 3 6
7 Dave Tippett PHO 22 0 4 10
8 Alain Vigneault VAN 12 0 3 3
9 Peter Deboer NJ 4 0 0 4
10 Mike Babcock DET 1 0 0 1
10 Peter Laviolette PHI 1 0 0 1

Calder Trophy Voting

#  Player Team PTS 1st 2st 3st 4st 5st
1 Gabriel Landeskog COL 1383 116 29 4 0 0
2 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins EDM 1001 26 83 22 16 2
3 Adam Henrique NJ 620 3 19 59 50 12
4 Matt Read PHI 546 3 17 45 51 19
5 Carl Hagelin NYR 88 0 0 5 9 36
6 Jake Gardiner TOR 70 0 0 4 8 26
7 Justin Faulk CAR 62 0 1 4 6 17
8 Cody Hodgson BUF 49 0 0 2 7 18
9 Sean Couturier PHI 37 1 0 3 1 9
10 Slava Voynov LA 10 0 0 1 1 2
11 Jared Cowen OTT 4 0 0 0 0 4
12 Marc-Andre Gragnani VAN 1 0 0 0 0 1
12 Adam Larsson NJ 1 0 0 0 0 1
12 Andrew Shaw CHI 1 0 0 0 0 1
12 Craig Smith NSH 1 0 0 0 0 1

NHL General Manager of the Year Award Voting

#  Player Team PTS 1st 2st 3st
1 Doug Armstrong STL 119 16 11 6
2 Dale Tallon FLA 88 10 11 5
3 David Poile NSH 62 11 1 4
4 Glen Sather NYR 17 1 2 6
5 Paul Holmgren PHI 17 0 4 5
6 Bryan Murray OTT 10 0 2 4
7 Don Maloney PHO 9 0 2 3
8 Ken Holland DET 8 0 2 2
9 Mike Gillis VAN 7 0 2 1
10 Stan Bowman CHI 5 1 0 0
11 Greg Sherman COL 3 0 1 0
12 Lou Lamoriello NJ 1 0 0 1
12 Ray Shero PIT 1 0 0 1

Frank Selke Trophy Voting (Top 20 Finishers)

#  Player Team PTS 1st 2st 3st 4st 5st
1 Patrice Bergeron BOS 1312 106 30 6 4 0
2 David Backes STL 698 24 46 15 17 10
3 Pavel Datsyuk DET 553 8 30 38 21 10
4 Ryan Callahan NYR 326 6 11 22 22 13
5 Ryan Kesler VAN 152 1 3 14 13 12
6 Jonathan Toews CHI 117 1 2 8 13 14
7 Mike Fisher NSH 72 0 3 6 6 3
8 Jordan Staal PIT 67 0 1 6 7 9
9 Anze Kopitar LA 62 0 3 4 4 9
10 Patrick Sharp CHI 52 0 2 5 4 1
11 Joe Pavelski SJ 44 0 3 0 5 8
12 Ray Whitney PHO 36 0 4 1 1 0
13 Pascal Dupuis PIT 28 1 0 2 2 2
14 Ryan O’Reilly COL 27 0 1 1 3 6
15 Tomas Plekanec MTL 25 0 1 3 1 0
16 Chris Kelly BOS 23 0 1 1 3 2
17 Marian Hossa CHI 23 0 0 2 2 7
18 Zach Parise NJ 18 0 1 1 2 0
19 Patrik Elias NJ 15 0 0 0 5 0
20 Maxime Talbot PHI 13 1 0 0 1 0

Lady Byng Trophy Voting (Top 20 Finishers)

#  Player Team PTS 1st 2st 3st 4st 5st
1 Brian Campbell FLA 582 31 22 13 15 8
2 Jordan Eberle EDM 518 18 23 23 17 11
3 Matt Moulson NYI 517 13 28 26 15 16
4 Loui Eriksson DAL 448 21 12 20 13 15
5 Martin St.Louis TB 284 6 14 14 14 14
6 Nicklas Lidstrom DET 247 18 5 3 4 5
7 Patrik Elias NJ 162 3 5 9 13 13
8 Jason Pominville BUF 161 2 8 5 16 12
9 Pavel Datsyuk DET 137 3 7 7 5 8
10 Claude Giroux PHI 101 6 3 3 1 2
11 Marian Hossa CHI 95 3 4 4 4 5
12 Teemu Selanne ANA 79 6 2 1 0 0
13 Patrice Bergeron BOS 61 4 0 3 2 0
14 Daniel Alfredsson OTT 46 1 2 2 2 6
15 Ray Whitney PHO 45 4 0 0 1 2
16 Phil Kessel TOR 41 0 3 0 4 8
17 John Tavares NYI 35 0 2 3 2 0
18 Kyle Wellwood WPG 34 2 1 1 0 2
19 Anze Kopitar LA 33 1 1 1 3 2
20 Frans Nielsen NYI 28 1 1 1 2 0

Vezina Trophy Voting

#  Player Team PTS 1st 2st 3st
1 Henrik Lundqvist NYR 120 17 11 2
2 Jonathan Quick LA 63 6 9 6
3 Pekka Rinne NSH 42 4 4 10
4 Mike Smith PHO 35 2 5 10
5 Brian Elliott STL 5 1 0 0
6 Jaroslav Halak STL 3 0 1 0
7 Marc-Andre Fleury PIT 1 0 0 1
7 Miikka Kiprusoff CGY 1 0 0 1

Hart Trophy Voting

#  Player Team PTS 1st 2st 3st 4st 5st
1 Evgeni Malkin PIT 1473 144 4 1 0 0
2 Steven Stamkos TB 598 1 54 24 24 18
3 Henrik Lundqvist NYR 556 3 35 36 28 17
4 Claude Giroux PHI 458 0 25 34 28 29
5 Jonathan Quick LA 357 1 22 23 19 21
6 Jason Spezza OTT 134 0 2 14 11 17
7 Pekka Rinne NSH 64 0 4 2 6 8
8 Erik Karlsson OTT 52 0 0 4 7 11
9 Henrik Sedin VAN 40 0 2 2 5 1
10 Ilya Kovalchuk NJ 38 0 1 2 5 6
11 Mike Smith PHO 16 0 0 0 4 4
12 Zdeno Chara BOS 15 0 0 1 3 1
13 Shea Weber NSH 12 0 0 1 2 1
14 Pavel Datsyuk DET 11 0 0 1 1 3
15 Brian Elliott STL 10 0 0 1 1 2
16 Ray Whitney PHO 8 0 0 1 1 0
17 Marian Gaborik NYR 8 0 0 1 0 3
18 Patrice Bergeron BOS 7 0 0 0 2 1
19 David Backes STL 6 0 0 1 0 1
20 Brian Campbell FLA 3 0 0 0 1 0
20 Radim Vrbata PHO 3 0 0 0 1 0
22 Jamie Benn DAL 2 0 0 0 0 2
22 James Neal PIT 2 0 0 0 0 2
24 Marian Hossa CHI 1 0 0 0 0 1

NHL All-Star Team Voting Results

Goaltender

#  Player Team PTS 1st 2st 3st
1 Henrik Lundqvist NYR 591 87 50 6
2 Jonathan Quick LA 424 47 54 27
3 Pekka Rinne NSH 166 9 26 43
4 Mike Smith PHO 57 0 6 39
5 Brian Elliott STL 37 1 6 14
6 Marc-Andre Fleury PIT 24 1 3 10
7 Jaroslav Halak STL 3 0 0 3
8 Jimmy Howard DET 2 0 0 2
9 Cory Schneider VAN 1 0 0 1

DEF

#  Player Team PTS 1st 2st 3st
1 Erik Karlsson OTT 625 102 36 7
2 Shea Weber NSH 620 94 49 3
3 Zdeno Chara BOS 597 83 59 5
4 Alex Pietrangelo STL 315 4 84 43
5 Nicklas Lidstrom DET 123 5 19 41
6 Ryan Suter NSH 93 1 12 52
7 Brian Campbell FLA 79 2 8 45
8 Dan Girardi NYR 64 2 9 27
9 Kris Letang PIT 37 1 7 11
10 Dan Hamhuis VAN 19 0 2 13
11 Dustin Byfuglien WPG 14 0 2 8
12 Alexander Edler VAN 12 0 0 12
13 Ryan Mcdonagh NYR 11 0 3 2
14 Duncan Keith CHI 9 0 1 6
15 Michael Del Zotto NYR 7 0 1 4
16 Dan Boyle SJ 5 0 0 5
17 Kevin Shattenkirk STL 4 0 0 4
18 Braydon Coburn PHI 3 0 1 0
18 Keith Yandle PHO 3 0 1 0
20 Kevin Bieksa VAN 2 0 0 2
21 Drew Doughty LA 1 0 0 1
21 Filip Kuba OTT 1 0 0 1
21 Willie Mitchell LA 1 0 0 1
21 Kimmo Timonen PHI 1 0 0 1

C

#  Player Team PTS 1st 2st 3st
1 Evgeni Malkin PIT 735 145 3 1
2 Steven Stamkos TB 379 4 112 23
3 Claude Giroux PHI 146 0 28 62
4 Jason Spezza OTT 53 0 4 41
5 Henrik Sedin VAN 16 0 1 13
6 John Tavares NYI 6 0 1 3
7 Patrice Bergeron BOS 3 0 0 3
8 Pavel Datsyuk DET 2 0 0 2
9 David Backes STL 1 0 0 1

LW

#  Player Team PTS 1st 2st 3st
1 Ilya Kovalchuk NJ 537 91 24 10
2 Ray Whitney PHO 219 14 36 41
3 James Neal PIT 217 26 27 6
4 Scott Hartnell PHI 99 7 17 13
5 Loui Eriksson DAL 62 1 13 18
6 Patrick Sharp CHI 51 2 8 17
7 Daniel Sedin VAN 22 0 7 1
8 Matt Moulson NYI 18 0 3 9
8 Henrik Zetterberg DET 18 0 3 9
10 Alex Ovechkin WAS 17 1 3 3
11 Patrik Elias NJ 14 2 1 1
12 Zach Parise NJ 10 0 1 7
13 Jamie Benn DAL 9 1 1 1
14 Joffrey Lupul TOR 9 0 1 6
15 Marian Hossa CHI 8 1 1 0
16 Marian Gaborik NYR 5 1 0 0
16 Milan Lucic BOS 5 1 0 0
18 Phil Kessel TOR 4 0 1 1
19 Milan Michalek OTT 3 0 1 0
20 Jordan Eberle EDM 1 0 0 1
20 Brad Marchand BOS 1 0 0 1
20 Thomas Vanek BUF 1 0 0 1
20 David Perron STL 1 0 0 1
20 Chris Kunitz PIT 1 0 0 1

RW

#  Player Team PTS 1st 2st 3st
1 James Neal PIT 345 58 15 10
2 Marian Gaborik NYR 324 21 61 36
3 Claude Giroux PHI 224 43 3 0
4 Marian Hossa CHI 192 10 34 40
5 Phil Kessel TOR 140 7 23 36
6 Ilya Kovalchuk NJ 45 7 3 1
7 Jordan Eberle EDM 26 1 3 12
8 Martin St.Louis TB 15 0 3 6
9 Steven Stamkos TB 10 2 0 0
10 Radim Vrbata PHO 5 0 1 2
11 Ray Whitney PHO 4 0 1 1
12 Zach Parise NJ 3 0 1 0
12 Corey Perry ANA 3 0 1 0
14 Ryan Callahan NYR 1 0 0 1
14 Scott Hartnell PHI 1 0 0 1
14 Jarome Iginla CGY 1 0 0 1
14 Jason Pominville BUF 1 0 0 1
14 Patrick Sharp CHI 1 0 0 1

As usual I cannot find Masterton Trophy voting.  Do they ever release it?  If anybody can link to it please do so in the comments.

The Calder Trophy going to Gabriel Landeskog does not surprise me.  The argument for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was that he scored the same number of points in fewer games but Landeskog played a much bigger defensive role and did it very well.  I would not be surprised to see him a Selke nominee in the not too distant future.  Adam Henrique was a distant third but he had a very good playoff run that the other nominees probably wish they could have had.

I saw the Selke Trophy as a race between Patrice Bergeron and David Backes.  I am not surprised Bergeron won but i am surprised by how far back Backes was.  I think Pavel Datsyuk got third place largely on reputation.  He missed some time to injury and does not play enough penalty kill to be a nominee this year.  The fact Ryan Kesler finished fifth in the voting shows that reputation can earn you a lot of votes.

As for the Adams Trophy Ken Hitchcock won easily.  He is the top coach who was also a coach of a most improved team.  The other nominees Paul MacLean and John Tortorella were not in my mind the second or third best coaches in the league but they were on improved teams.

I do not respect the GM of the Year award because one year is not long enough to rank a GM.  It seems it is picked as the GM of the team that wins coach of the year.  Doug Armstrong pulled that off this year.  Dale Tallon and David Poile were the other nominees largely because it was hard to vote for Glen Sather and Bryan Murray who were the GMs of the other coach of the year nominees because they have not had a good recent track record before this year.  Thus the GMs of the teams that had the 4th and 5th coaches in the coach of the year voting found themselves nominees.

Since there is no Masterton Trophy voting results that I can find I cannot comment on how much Max Pacioretty won by.  I am not surprised that he won but I think Joffrey Lupul would have been a better choice.  His career appeared to be in jeopardy for a longer time and he had a better season than Pacioretty.  I wonder how far back he finished in voting.

The Lady Byng Trophy goes to a defenceman in Brian Campbell for the first time in decades.  It will be interesting to see if this leads to other defenceman winners or if this is a one time thing.  If it leads to several defenceman winners then Nicklas Lidstrom really missed out.  He deserved to have won this award and may have retired right at the time defencemen began to get serious consideration.  Or else Campbell won because the other nominees in Jordan Eberle and Matt Moulson are not to 50 players in the NHL so there was no clear forward to give it to.  I am surprised by how close they came in the voting - they were separated by one point.  I thought Eberle should have been well ahead of Moulson and I thought Loui Eriksson would have been a better nominee than Moulson did.

I picked all three nominees but I had the order they finished backwards.  Karlsson won by his offence.  He is clearly not as good a defender as Shea Weber or Zdeno Chara and he does not play as tough a role on his team.  I think Chara lost out because he is so good that people do not realize how outstanding he is.  He led the league in Corsi this season and people see his season as being not his best.  Chara is the best defenceman in the league by such a big margin that he can have a season that is not his best and still be the best defenceman in the league.  Shea Weber and Erik Karlsson clearly had the best years of their careers to date but I don\t think they were as good as Chara’s season.

As expected Henrik Lundqvist won the Vezina Trophy easily.  Jonathan Quick may have been a playoff superstar but that happened after the voting occurred and thus could not influence it.  I think Mike Smith deserved to be runner up but he finished fourth.  I think that is due to reputation as he is not as proven a goalie as any of the ones who were nominated.

The Hart Trophy finished in exactly the order that I had picked it and I do not see that as a big surprise.

As for the All Stars, goaltenders and defence finished in an expected order given the Vezina and Norris results.  The forward results are somewhat messed up because James Neal finished first at right wing and third at left wing and Claude Giroux finished third and center and right wing.  There is a problem with players not having defined forward positions.  Both Neal and Giroux played significant time at both positions they received votes for and had vote splitting occur as a result.  Perhaps a solution is the NHL should pick three forwards of any position for the first team all star in the same way they don’t pick a left defenceman and a right defenceman but rather two defencemen of any side - in part because defencemen regularly change sides in games as do some of the top forwards.  This is the biggest problem needed to be addressed to make sense of these awards.  Claude Giroux deserved to make the first or second all star team but didn’t because he plays multiple forward positions.

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If you just picked the top forwards for all stars most of the time you would end up with three centres which just seems silly.

Posted by Josey Wales on 06/21/12 at 04:37 AM ET

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PSH,

I have asked this before and not gotten a response.

I have read your posts about the Norris race this season, and I am genuinely curious to hear more of your rationale for not picking Karlsson. I’m not trying to be contrary or combative, and I promise you I won’t even argue with you no matter what you say.

It’s clear you think that Chara and Weber’s defense makes up for the scoring gap, but why? What factors, statistics, etc. did you use to come to that conclusion? How did you draw that conclusion from the data?

Again, I’m not accusatory—just curious. I do tend to take the perspective that Karlsson is a deserving winner, but I’m very interested in hearing a cohesive, stats argument from someone who doesn’t share my opinion.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 06/21/12 at 09:57 PM ET

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WHOOPS ... I missed your most recent post. Ignore everything I just said.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 06/21/12 at 09:58 PM ET

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isn’t hiring the best coach part of doing the best job as GM?

Posted by fred flintstone from vancouver on 06/26/12 at 02:55 AM ET

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isn’t hiring the best coach part of doing the best job as GM?

Part yes.  All of the job no.  Not that majority of the job either.

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 06/26/12 at 03:45 AM ET

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