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Lightning forward Drouin favorite for Calder Trophy

Friday, 10.03.2014 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

A new season marks the possible spawning of a new NHL superstar.

Last season Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon was a near-unanimous choice for the Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL rookie of the year after he led all first-year players in points, goals, assists, power-play goals, game-winning goals and shots.

MacKinnon became the second No. 1 pick in eight years to win the Calder; Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane did it in 2007-08.

Many feel MacKinnon's linemate with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Jonathan Drouin, is a strong candidate to capture the Calder in 2014-15. So does MacKinnon.

Crosby, Ovechkin, Quick win regular-season trophies

Sunday, 04.13.2014 / 11:41 PM / Trophy Tracker

NEW YORK -- The 2013-14 National Hockey League regular season concluded tonight with Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby capturing his second career Art Ross Trophy as the League scoring champion, Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin claiming his fourth career Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the League’s goal-scoring leader and Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick winning his first career William M. Jennings Trophy as the goaltender who plays at least 25 games for the club allowing the fewest goals.

Crosby, who won his first Art Ross Trophy in 2006-07, finished with 36 goals, a League-leading 68 assists and 104 points -- besting Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf (31-56—87) and Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux (28-58—86) for the Art Ross Trophy. Crosby registered points in 60 of the 80 games he played in (75.0%), including 30 multi-point performances, and never went more than two consecutive games without registering a point.

Hart choice Crosby produced regardless of linemates

Friday, 04.11.2014 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

That Sidney Crosby has broken the 100-point barrier for the fifth time in his career is impressive, and his double-figure lead on the rest of the field in the scoring race makes his pending second Art Ross Trophy pretty remarkable as well.

What is the most impressive thing about Crosby's season? He's accomplished all that by playing more time at even strength with Lee Stempniak and Brian Gibbons as linemates than Evgeni Malkin and James Neal.

Bruins' Rask should take home Vezina Trophy

Thursday, 04.10.2014 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

With the 2013-14 regular season rapidly coming to a close, looks at some of its biggest storylines and award contenders.

Until last season, the Vezina Trophy belonged to the veterans of the goaltending position for much of the past two decades.

Starting with Dominik Hasek's first victory in 1994, there was an 18-season period where only twice did someone younger than 29 win the Vezina (Jim Carrey was 21 in 1996 and Jose Theodore was 25 in 2002). Sergei Bobrovsky won in his age-24 season in 2013, and it's likely someone is going to make it two in a row for the 28-and-under crowd this season.

Entering play Tuesday, the top six goaltenders in save percentage with at least 42 starts all are 27 years old or younger.

Chara's all-round efficiency makes him Norris choice

Wednesday, 04.09.2014 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

There are defensemen who contribute more on the score sheet than Zdeno Chara. There are defensemen who skate with the puck better than he does. All in all, there are defensemen who are just much flashier than the Boston Bruins' towering captain.

But this season there has not been a more effective defenseman in all areas of the ice than Chara, who should win the Norris Trophy for the second time in his career. He took over as the front runner for this award in March, when he helped the Bruins go 15-1-1.

Chara previously won the Norris Trophy in 2008-09, when he had 50 points, including a career-high 19 goals, in 80 games. He won't reach 50 points this season, but he has 17 goals, including a team-high 10 on the power play, and 37 points along with a plus-25 rating through 75 games (before playing Tuesday), so his offense is hardly a concern for the Bruins.

Top pick MacKinnon of Avalanche deserves Calder

Tuesday, 04.08.2014 / 1:30 AM / Trophy Tracker

Jon Lane - Staff Writer

With the 2013-14 regular season rapidly coming to a close, looks at some of its biggest storylines and award contenders.

During a close race for the Calder Trophy, Colorado Avalanche rookie Nathan MacKinnon often found himself mentioned in the same breath as Wayne Gretzky, even breaking a record held by "The Great One" for 34 years along the way.

Combine that with MacKinnon's standing at or near the top of most major scoring categories and his role in Colorado's stunning turnaround from Western Conference basement dwellers to legitimate Stanley Cup contenders, and the Avalanche forward is's pick as the League's top rookie.

Avalanche's Roy deserves Jack Adams Award

Monday, 04.07.2014 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Brian Compton - Deputy Managing Editor

With the 2013-14 regular season rapidly coming to a close, looks at some of its biggest storylines and award contenders.

After finishing with the second-fewest points in the NHL in 2012-13, the Colorado Avalanche experienced major changes in the front office and, ultimately, behind the bench last summer.

Two of the greatest players in the history of the franchise were placed in roles that would help change the culture. Joe Sakic, the former captain and all-time leading scorer, was named executive vice president of hockey operations last May.

Less than two weeks later, Sakic named Patrick Roy, the former goaltender who led them to two Stanley Cup championships, as the sixth coach in Avalanche history. He replaced Joe Sacco after the Avalanche missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a third straight season.

Lightning's Cooper deserving of Jack Adams Award

Sunday, 03.02.2014 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Brian Compton - Deputy Managing Editor

With three-quarters of the 2013-14 season behind us, attempts to project winners of the major individual awards. Today we predict the winner of the Jack Adams Award, an annual award presented by the National Hockey League Broadcasters' Association to the NHL coach judged to have contributed the most to his team's success.

Nearly four months have passed since superstar forward Steven Stamkos broke his tibia in a game against the Boston Bruins on Nov. 11, yet the Tampa Bay Lightning remain very much in the mix for a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Led by Jon Cooper, who is in the midst of his first full season as Tampa Bay's coach, the Lightning entered the Olympic break with 33 victories, good for second place in the Atlantic Division.

Lightning's Bishop leads contenders for Vezina

Saturday, 03.01.2014 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

Ben Bishop
Goalie - TBL
RECORD: 28-9-4
GAA: 2.00 | SVP: 0.932
With three-quarters of the 2013-14 season complete, looks at some of the biggest storylines and award contenders. Today we predict the winner of the Vezina Trophy, an annual award voted by general managers and presented to the NHL's best goaltender.

Ben Bishop is trying to follow in the skate tracks of Sergei Bobrovsky.

Bobrovsky came out of nowhere to win the Vezina Trophy in 2012-13, his first season with the Columbus Blue Jackets, after being traded by the Philadelphia Flyers the previous summer. Bishop, who was stuck in a goaltending logjam with the Ottawa Senators before being traded to Tampa Bay late last season, could be authoring a similar story in 2013-14.

Blackhawks' Keith leads race for Norris Trophy

Friday, 02.28.2014 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

With three-quarters of the 2013-14 season complete, looks at some of the biggest storylines and award contenders. Today we predict the winner of the James Norris Memorial Trophy, an annual award presented by the Professional Hockey Writers Association to the NHL's best defenseman.

Duncan Keith's skating, awareness and puck movement have been as good this season as they were throughout the 2009-10 season. The Chicago Blackhawks defenseman was good enough to win the Norris Trophy then, just as he is now.

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