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Team-by-team draft needs: Pacific Division

Wednesday, 06.25.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The 2014 NHL Draft will be a great opportunity for teams to shore up positions of need with an injection of energetic, young talent.

As the first round of the draft draws near, there's no better time to take a glimpse at the possible draft needs of all 30 NHL teams.

While there still may be trades and surprises in the works leading up to the draft, which will be held June 27-28 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, the priorities likely will remain the same. Here's a breakdown of what Pacific Division teams could be looking to do when they arrive in Philadelphia.

The first round of the draft commences Friday at 7 p.m. ET (NBCSN, TSN). Rounds 2-7 will be held Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. ET (NHLN-US, NHLN-CA).

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Avalanche, Crosby, Bergeron win big at Awards

Wednesday, 06.25.2014 / 12:30 AM / 2014 NHL Awards

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS -- The Colorado Avalanche were 13 voting points shy of a perfect show Tuesday night at the 2014 NHL Awards.

Three out of four is still quite the accomplishment for a team that last year at this time was preparing to select first in the NHL Draft, hoping to build for the future with a new coach and management hierarchy.

"Unfortunately [goalie Semyon Varlamov] couldn't win, but it's definitely nice to have us all win," said Avalanche center Ryan O'Reilly, who won the Lady Byng Trophy. "We can celebrate it together."

Colorado's Patrick Roy won the Jack Adams Award in his first season as a NHL coach, topping Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock and Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper. Roy received 68 out of 95 first-place votes, was named on 89 ballots and had 399 voting points, 236 more than Babcock. It's all a result of him leading the Avalanche to a 112-point season and the Central Division regular-season title.

Colorado was third in the overall standings this season after finishing 29th in 2012-13.

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Avalanche's Roy wins Jack Adams Award

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 11:34 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

LAS VEGAS -- Patrick Roy was able to claim the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's best coach Tuesday night at the NHL Awards despite, in his words, having little to do with winning the honor.

"I know why I am receiving this trophy: Because I have a group of players that made a commitment and bought into what we wanted to do and they had in mind to surprise the world of hockey and that is exactly what we have done by winning the Central Division," Roy said shortly after beating out Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings and John Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning. "It's a special group … I cannot thank them enough."

In 2012-13, the Avalanche finished No. 29 in the League and last in the Western Conference. They hired Roy, who won the Stanley Cup twice with Colorado as its goalie, to right the ship.

This season, the Avalanche won the Central Division, finishing with the third best record in the NHL, before falling to the Minnesota Wild in seven games in the Western Conference First Round.

According to Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly, Roy is being far too modest in downplaying his impact on Colorado's turnaround.
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Healthy Crosby cleans up at NHL Awards

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 11:03 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS -- First remember what Sidney Crosby was doing two and a half years ago. Now look at where he was and what he was doing Tuesday night.

It's an accomplishment so impressive it's worth three trophies.

Crosby went from waiting, wondering and hoping his concussion issues would subside so he could resume his career to standing on stage at Encore Theater in Wynn Las Vegas accepting the three trophies that represent overall individual excellence in a NHL season.

The Pittsburgh Penguins captain won the Hart Trophy for the second time in his career, finishing with 128 of 137 first-place votes. He previously won the Hart in 2006-07, when he was 19 years old. Injuries derailed potential MVP seasons in 2010-11 and 2012-13.

He also took home the Ted Lindsay Award (formerly the Lester B. Pearson Award) for the second straight season and third time in his career. In addition, he was feted with the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer for the second time in his career.

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Blackhawks' Keith wins Norris Trophy for second time

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 10:39 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

LAS VEGAS -- Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith won the 2014 Norris Trophy in somewhat of a surprising landslide.

"Obviously, it is a pretty surreal feeling," Keith said less than an hour after winning the award for the second time in his career. "Like I said in the speech, there are so many good defensemen in the League and I'm proud to represent all the defensemen."

For some, Keith's success is a product of his team, loaded with game-breakers at every position. For others, this Norris Trophy is a reflection of a skill set that places him among the elite at his position.

In reality, it is a combination of both.

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has coached against Keith enough times to know he is nearly impossible to game plan against. Babcock has also coached him with Team Canada at the Winter Olympics and understands Keith's unique gifts can be a difference-making option.

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NHL announces 2013-14 All-Rookie Team

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 9:27 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

The National Hockey League today announced the 2013-14 NHL All-Rookie Team, including the three players named as finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the League's top rookie: forwards Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche.

Also named to the All-Rookie Team are two members of the Anaheim Ducks, goaltender Frederik Andersen and defenseman Hampus Lindholm, and Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug.

Voting was conducted by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the end of the regular season. Following is a summary of each NHL All-Rookie Team member's outstanding season.

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NHL announces 2013-14 All-Star Teams

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 9:17 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

Center Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and defenseman Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins, who each earned his third career berth on the First All-Star Team, head the list of players voted to the 2013-14 National Hockey League postseason All-Star Teams. Crosby received First Team honors for the second consecutive season, while Chara earned a spot on the First Team for the first time since 2008-09.

Joining Crosby and Chara are two second-time selections to the First Team, right wing Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks and defenseman Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks. The squad also features two first-time recipients, left wing Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars and goaltender Tuukka Rask of the Bruins.

Among those named to the Second Team is Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin, voted to the team for the third time. Also a six-time honoree on the First Team, Ovechkin's nine career postseason All-Star Team selections are the most among active players, one more than Jaromir Jagr (7 First Team, 1 Second Team).

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Bruins' Rask wins his first Vezina Trophy

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 8:48 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

2013-14 Vezina Trophy Voting -- Top 10

Player Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd)
Rask, BOS 103 (16-6-5)
Varlamov, COL 90 (9-13-6)
Bishop, TBL 32 (1-6-9)
Price, MTL 26 (2-3-7)
Quick, LAK 9 (1-1-1)
Lundqvist, NYR 5 (1-0-0)
Mason, PHI 3 (0-1-0)
Bobrovsky, CBJ 1 (0-0-1)
Lehtonen, DAL 1 (0-0-1)

Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins has captured his first Vezina Trophy, awarded to the "goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position," as selected by NHL General Managers. Prior to 1981-82, the Vezina was awarded to the goaltender(s) whose team allowed the fewest goals during the regular season, the current criterion for the William Jennings Trophy.

Rask was the top choice for 16 of the 30 General Managers and received 103 voting points to edge second-place Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche (9 first-place votes, 90 points). Rask's win marks the third time in the past six seasons that a Bruins netminder has taken Vezina honors, following first-place finishes by Tim Thomas in 2009 and 2011.

Rask posted a 36-15-6 record, highlighted by a career-best 10-game point streak from Mar. 20-30 (9-0-1), as the Bruins captured their first Presidents’ Trophy since 1990 and led the Eastern Conference in team defense (2.08 GA/game). He allowed two goals or fewer in 37 of 58 starts, set single-season highs in wins and appearances, and was the only goaltender to rank among the NHL’s top five in each of the major statistical categories: first in shutouts (seven), second in save percentage (.930), fourth in goals-against average (2.04) and fifth in wins.

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Ducks' Murray voted General Manager of the Year

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 8:44 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

2013-14 GM of the Year Voting -- Top 10

General manager
Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd)
Bob Murray, ANA 66 (9-6-3)
Marc Bergevin, MTL 49 (7-4-2)
Dean Lombardi, LAK 33 (3-4-6)
Stan Bowman, CHI 29 (3-4-2)
Jim Nill, DAL 27 (4-0-7)
Peter Chiarelli, BOS 23 (2-3-4)
Chuck Fletcher, MIN 21 (2-3-2)
Steve Yzerman, TBL 19 (2-2-3)
Ken Holland, DET 14 (1-3-0)
Greg Sherman, COL 10 (2-0-0)

Bob Murray of the Anaheim Ducks is the 2013-14 winner of the NHL General Manager of the Year Award. Voting for this award was conducted among the 30 Club General Managers and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media at the conclusion of the regular season.

Murray paved the way for the finest season in Ducks history, leading the team to its second straight Pacific Division title; the top record in the Western Conference for the first time in club history; and franchise records in wins (54), points (116), points percentage (.707), home wins (29) and road wins (25). He set the Ducks up for success by re-signing Matt Beleskey, Saku Koivu, Ben Lovejoy and Kyle Palmieri as well as enticing Teemu Selanne to return for one final season. Murray also traded for Mathieu Perreault during the preseason; added depth players in Mark Fistric, Tim Jackman, Stephane Robidas and Jakob Silfverberg; and oversaw the development of young goaltenders Frederik Andersen and John Gibson.

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Avalanche's O'Reilly wins Lady Byng Trophy

Tuesday, 06.24.2014 / 8:36 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

2013-14 Lady Byng Trophy Voting -- Top 10

Player Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th)
O'Reilly, COL 1,181 (110-5-8-1-3)
St. Louis, NYR 358 (4-20-27-11-10)
Marleau, SJS 323 (3-15-23-21-10)
Seguin, DAL 289 (2-23-15-7-12)
Nielsen, NYI 182 (1-15-6-9-10)
Johansson, WSH 128 (1-7-7-9-7)
Selanne, ANA 115 (5-4-4-4-5)
Duchene, COL 104 (1-3-8-9-6)
Alfredsson, DET 97 (1-5-6-6-4)
Kopitar, LAK 61 (2-4-1-2-2)

Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly has captured the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability," as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

O'Reilly posted a runaway win, receiving 110 first-place votes from 137 ballots cast. He was named on 127 ballots and collected 1,181 voting points, ahead of three-time Lady Byng Trophy winner Martin St. Louis of the New York Rangers (358).

O'Reilly tallied a career-high 64 points as the resurgent Avalanche captured the Central Division title and tied a franchise record with 52 victories. He led the club in goals (28), power-play goals (nine) and game-winners (six-tied), and led the NHL in takeaways (83) for the second time in the past three seasons. O'Reilly was flagged for just one minor penalty all season, joining Butch Goring (1977-78, Los Angeles) as the only players ever to receive two or fewer PIM over 80 or more games.

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We think that Randy is a very good coach. Our players think that Randy is a very good coach. We think that he's going to get the most out of this group. With the addition of the two assistants, a bit of a different dynamic, we're very comfortable that this is a quality coaching staff that's going to maximize the potential of this team.

— Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on head coach Randy Carlyle and his staff