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Trophy Tracker

First quarter has Flyers' Giroux atop MVP race

Thursday, 11.24.2011 / 9:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Claude Giroux
Right Wing - PHI
GOALS: 11 | ASST: 15 | PTS: 26
SOG: 59 | +/-: 2
The National Hockey League reached the first-quarter mark this week of what has already been a memorable 2011-12 season. To celebrate, the NHL.com staff is taking a look at the early favorites for each of the major NHL end-of-season trophies with the first installment of our Trophy Tracker feature. Stay tuned for updates as the season progresses. All statistics for this edition of the Trophy Trackers are as of games completed by Nov. 22.

Some of the usual suspects in the Hart Trophy race are just coming back to the game, struggling to find their game, or playing well but not doing anything all that MVP-worthy.

Bergeron: Selke favorite at the quarter-mark

Thursday, 11.24.2011 / 9:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Patrice Bergeron
Center - BOS
GOALS: 4 | ASST: 10 | PTS: 14
SOG: 53 | +/-: 12
The Frank J. Selke Trophy may be the toughest to predict of all the NHL postseason awards, and it is certainly the toughest to gauge on merit. Picking the top defensive forward is not easy, and a lot of voters often base their decision more on reputation than statistics.

There are better statistics to determine a forward's defensive abilities now than there have been in the past (better than plus-minus, certainly), but hockey's version of sabermetrics are not quite as black-and-white as their more well-known baseball counterparts. Not to mention that defense in hockey is often more team-oriented than all of the other major sports.

That said, there are guys in the NHL who are clearly top defensive forwards on a consistent basis. Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk and Vancouver's Ryan Kesler are always mentioned in that category, as are guys like Chicago's Jonathan Toews and Pittsburgh's Jordan Staal.

NHLPA announces Corey Perry, Daniel Sedin, Steven Stamkos 2010-11 Ted Lindsay Award finalists

Thursday, 05.05.2011 / 3:12 PM / Trophy Tracker

NHL.com

The National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) announced today that Anaheim's Corey Perry, Vancouver's Daniel Sedin and Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos have been chosen as Ted Lindsay Award finalists. The Ted Lindsay Award is presented annually to the "Most Outstanding Player" in the NHL, as voted by NHLPA fellow members.

Calder finalists: Couture, Skinner, Grabner

Tuesday, 04.19.2011 / 12:01 PM / Trophy Tracker

Brian Hunter - NHL.com Staff Writer

It isn't every season that a NHL rookie eclipses the 30-goal mark.

This year's list of nominees for the Calder Trophy, awarded annually "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League," features not one, not two but three such rookies.

Michael Grabner of the New York Islanders leads the pack with 34 goals, Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks follows with 32 and Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes lit the lamp on 31 occasions.

It marks the first time since 2005-06, the season Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin entered the League, that there have been multiple rookies who scored at least 30 goals. That season, Marek Svatos and Petr Prucha were also on the list for a total of four.

NHL starts announcing award finalists Tuesday

Monday, 04.18.2011 / 5:46 PM / Trophy Tracker

NHL.com

With the 2011 NHL Awards two months away, the National Hockey League will begin announcing finalists for each of its regular-season awards over the next two weeks, beginning Tuesday, April 19 with the Calder Memorial Trophy.

Nominees will be announced each day at noon on NHL.com and through NHL news releases.

The 2011 NHL Awards will be held at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas on June 22. The ceremony will be broadcast by VERSUS in the United States and CBC in Canada. Fans can purchase tickets to the awards show now at NHL.com/awardstickets or at the Pearl Concert Theater Box Office.

Award nominees will be announced in the following order.

Success despite injuries shows Bylsma's worth

Monday, 04.11.2011 / 4:20 PM / Trophy Tracker

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

There have been quite a few worthy candidates throughout the season in the race for the Jack Adams Award, but three established themselves as the clear-cut candidates when it was all said and done.

Last season, Dave Tippett captured the award after leading the Phoenix Coyotes to their first 50-win campaign, and he once again did a phenomenal job to help his club land the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference.

Of the first-year coaches in 2010-11, none did a better job than Tampa Bay's Guy Boucher, who guided the club to the No. 5 seed in the East after racking up 46 victories and 103 points. Boucher seemed destined to be a finalist earlier in the season, but the job his first-round opponent ended up doing down the stretch will likely knock Boucher out of the mix. Combine that with the performances of a couple of coaches out West, and it appears we have three bench bosses who have separated themselves from the rest.

Sedins look to keep Art Ross in the family

Wednesday, 03.16.2011 / 1:00 PM / Trophy Tracker

David Kalan - NHL.com Staff Writer

With the season winding down, Henrik Sedin will be hard pressed to win a second consecutive scoring title. He's currently six points off the pace in pursuit of the Art Ross Trophy, but not to worry. The trophy may not be going very far. Henrik's twin brother Daniel is the front-runner to take the award this season, wracking up 90 points (38 goals, 52 assists) so far.

If Daniel holds off Steven Stamkos, who is four points behind with 86 (43 goals, 43 assists), it would be the first time in NHL history that brothers have taken consecutive scoring titles. Henrik took the honors last year with a career-high 112 points (29 goals, 83 assists) during a Hart Trophy-winning season.

Rookie Couture has assumed major role in San Jose

Friday, 02.25.2011 / 9:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

There has been some clarity in the race for the Calder Trophy as a few forwards have moved ahead of a once-crowded group of contenders.

Last season Buffalo defenseman Tyler Myers captured the award, but it doesn't look like any of this year's blue-line freshmen will approach Myers' production (11 goals, 48 points, 23:44 of ice time).

Detroit's Jimmy Howard was a finalist last season, but at this point in the season it looks the top rookie goaltenders -- Philadelphia's Sergei Bobrovsky, Chicago's Corey Crawford and Washington's Michal Neuvirth -- probably won't end up with enough starts to be in the mix. Crawford has the accompanying numbers (save percentage and goals-against average) to squeeze into the top three if he were to help the Blackhawks into the playoffs with a great stretch run, but for now there are four forwards who have broken clear of the pack. and Florida).

Norris Trophy Tracker: Lidstrom's still the best

Friday, 02.25.2011 / 9:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

Dustin Byfuglien started the season as if he were ready to run away with the James Norris Trophy, given to the NHL's top defenseman.

But an NHL season is an 82-game grind, and after a superb first half that saw him lead all defenseman in goals and points, Byfuglien has come back to earth -- as has his team, the Atlanta Thrashers.

As the season hits the three-quarter mark, a man who’s already won the Norris six times in a career that will end with an induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame is on target for No. 7.

Stamkos has the look of an MVP

Friday, 02.25.2011 / 9:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Last season Vancouver's Henrik Sedin edged out Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby for the scoring title and followed that up by earning the Hart Trophy for the first time in his career. He was the second Swedish player in League history to win after Peter Forsberg, and both he and his brother could be in contention to make it three for Tre Kronor.

This award was Crosby's to lose a month ago, but the more time he's missed with a concussion, the more it has allowed other candidates back into the race. Boston goalie Tim Thomas is not on this list because of two reasons: 1) it is tough for a goalie to win the award; and 2) the six times a goalie has won it in the past 60 years, said goalie has played at least 67 games that season. Thomas is on pace to play 58. Besides, there is another guy who probably won't play enough games to earn the votes necessary to win in front of him.
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