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Trophy Tracker: Eriksson early leader for Lady Byng

Thursday, 11.24.2011 / 9:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

David Kalan - NHL.com Staff Writer

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.

Loui Eriksson
Left Wing - DAL
GOALS: 9 | ASST: 10 | PTS: 19
SOG: 58 | +/-: 11
The Lady Byng is always one of the trickier trophies to predict, and after a quarter of the 2011-12 season, several worthy candidates have thrown their hat in the ring. Among those in the race for the NHL's annual award for "skillful and gentlemanly play" are certainly two-time defending winner Martin St. Louis, as well as Dallas forward Loui Eriksson, who was nominated for the award for the first time last season.

But several other players have proven themselves worthy of the award after helping their teams on the ice and staying out of the penalty box. St. Louis' 16 points, six penalty minutes and plus-9 rating are solid enough, but they may not put him on track for a third consecutive trophy. He has plenty of competition and considering that his current offensive pace would have him finishing with  30-point dropoff from last season, it's a good bet the Lady Byng could be on another mantel next June.
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Nugent-Hopkins leads early contenders for Calder

Thursday, 11.24.2011 / 9:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Brian Hunter - NHL.com Staff Writer

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.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Center - EDM
GOALS: 8 | ASST: 14 | PTS: 22
SOG: 44 | +/-: 3
The Calder Memorial Trophy isn't won in a single 20-game stretch, but for Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes, the first quarter of his 2010-11 season provided a clear indication that good things were to come.

Skinner wasn't expected to make the Hurricanes out of training camp after being taken with the No. 7 pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, but not only did he crack the opening-night roster, he immediately went about proving he belonged by registering six goals and 16 points in Carolina's first 20 games.

Of course, as everyone knows by now, Skinner did bring home the Calder as the League's top rookie after finishing with 31 goals and 63 points while playing all 82 games for the Hurricanes.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Masterton Trophy tracker: Booth is back

Friday, 02.25.2011 / 9:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

If there's one thing hockey players are known for, it's perseverance and dedication to their sport. Philadelphia forward Ian Laperriere exemplified that spirit when he returned to the lineup only 32 days after blocking a shot and suffering a brain contusion during last year's Stanley Cup Playoffs.
 
Although Laperriere would play in only 13 postseason games last season, he became an inspiring storyline for fans and players in Philadelphia.
 
One of the NHL's special postseason awards, the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, doesn't go to the player who scored the most goals, recorded the most points or was judged to be the most indispensable to his team. Instead, it honors the player who has overcome adversity -- on and/or off the ice -- and in doing so displays that perseverance and dedication to the game.
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