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.
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.