The award, named in honour of late Minnesota North Stars player Bill Masterton, is given to "the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey." The winner will announced June 18 in Las Vegas.
Sullivan returned to the Predators this season after missing almost two full years because of a back injury. Zednik had 17 goals in 70 games, a season after his carotid artery was sliced by a teammate's skate blade in Buffalo.
Obviously there's a lot of expectations around me but it's something I try not to focus on. I'm just trying to go out there, be myself on the ice every day, try to get better, be myself around the guys in the locker room. I think that's what's made me successful and the person that I am.
— Sabres forward Jack Eichel on transitioning from college hockey to the NHL