by PuckStopsHere on 10/20/13 at 03:25 PM ET
I like to pick the NHL award leaders as soon as there is a front-runner each season. It is valuable to see when the eventual award winner first emerges as the front-runner. It is normal that many of the early leaders will fade into the season, but some may not. I have been a bit busy in the early few weeks of the season and have not posted the leaders that have emerged for the various awards, so here is one post with my picks.
Calder Trophy: Tomas Hertl San Jose Sharks - Hertl is a 2012 first round draft pick who is among the early season top scorers. A big part of that was his four goal game against the New York Rangers. He hasn't had a multiple point game since, which makes it possible that game was an anomaly, but he remains one of the top scorers this season and as such is the top rookie.
Norris Trophy: PK Subban Montreal Canadiens - The reigning Norris Trophy leader is off to a good start. He is the top scoring defenceman so far this year. His defensive responsibility and success is growing over the last two years. If he keeps this up, he looks like a Hall of Famer in the making
Vezina Trophy: Semyon Varlamov Colorado Avalanche - Varlamov is off to a surprising start and it is almost certainly unsustainable, but his 1.68 GAA and .950 saves percentage is the main reason Colorado has been a solid team so far this year.
Hart Trophy: Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins - The best player in the game is off to a good lead in the scoring race. His 17 points puts him five points ahead of anyone else. As long as he can remain healthy, he might win the Hart Trophy by a significant margin.
It is too early to pick a leader for any other awards at this point.
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