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Lady Byng Leader

A little over two weeks ago I made my first Lady Byng Trophy pick as the player who best combines sportsmanship and hockey ability.  My pick at that time was Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Matthews was off to a fast start among the top scorers in the league and had yet to get a penalty minute.  Matthews is still without penalty minutes but Matthews has slowed down.  He only has two points in his last two weeks plus going back to October 25th.  That is probably expected for a rookie.  There will be growing pains to go with the early successes.  I expect that Matthews has the talent to turn things around before long.  By the end of the season he may be one of the most valuable players in the game, but right now there are more valuable players out there.

One of the more valuable players is Vladimir Tarasenko of the St Louis Blues.  Tarasenko is the sixth highest scorer in the NHL right now with 17 points.  He has zero penalty minutes, just like Matthews.  Thus Tarasenko is the Lady Byng leader at this point.

Vladimir Tarasenko is establishing himself as one of the top players in the game.  He looks to be on a Hall of Fame track if he can keep things going at this rate long enough.  He gives the St Louis Blues the offensive weapon that they have lacked for the last few years.

It will be interesting to see if Tarasenko remains the Lady Byng leader or if Auston Matthews or others re-enter the picture.  Matthews may learn to play with more of an edge and pick up a few penalty minutes before the season ends, thus removing himself from the Lady Byng race even if his play was good enough.

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I didn’t think scoring had anything to do with Lady Byng??

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 11/13/16 at 10:09 PM ET

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The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy is presented each year to the National Hockey League “player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability”.

A high standard of playing ability is demonstrated in part by scoring.

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 11/13/16 at 10:28 PM ET

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A high standard of playing ability is demonstrated in part by scoring.

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 11/13/16 at 09:28 PM ET

I assume you added this, opinion.  I disagree maybe as a small part, A lot more to playing ability than scoring, JMO

Maybe make these picks every quarter then they make sense.

Cosby has 0 PIMs, Laine has 6 PIM and 11 goals (Holy Crap), lots of players that are good with 0 or small numbers in PIM.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 11/13/16 at 11:55 PM ET

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