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Sidney Crosby
Fans weren’t the only ones impressed with Sidney Crosby’s sophomore season performance. The Art Ross Trophy winner as the league’s leading scorer earned the respect of his peers. He received 110 of 210 votes from NHL players for Player of the Year.

Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier was second with 24 votes.

Crosby finished the season with 120 points on 36 goals and 84 assists in 79 games. He led his team into the playoffs and his presence and play helped the Penguins secure an arena deal to stay in Pittsburgh. Not bad for a kid who doesn’t turn 20 until August.

Penguins center Evgeni Malkin wasn’t heads and shoulders above the rest of the league’s rookies as was expected when the season began. Players like his teammate Jordan Staal and Colorado’s Paul Stastny had very impressive seasons. But, in the end, Malkin left the biggest impact on his peers. He received 121 of 210 votes cast for Rookie of the Year.

Barry Trotz, coach of the Nashville Predators, received the most votes from his peers for Coach of the Year honors.   He coached a consistently successful team that was one of the league’s best this season. Trotz found a way to incorporate Peter Forsberg into the lineup after the late season trade, which is not as easy as it may sound. His ability to keep this team together and at top of its game throughout the season earned him the honor.

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Penguins coach Michel Therrien was second in the voting by NHL coaches.

Sporting News NHL Executive of the Year is David Poile, Executive Vice President, Hockey Operations/General Manager of the Nashville Predators.  Poile’s Predators didn’t make the long run he had hoped for in the playoffs, but his moves that put together the roster that was one of the league’s best during the regular season earned him the respect of his peers. Poile received 11 of the 38 votes for executive of the year. Ballots were given to two executives from each organization.

“He has drafted well and used those drafted players in a prudent way to improve his team at the right time,” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli wrote with his vote. “The development of his drafts and the timing of the acquisition of free agents has been very well synchronized.”

Sabres G.M. Darcy Regier was second with nine votes.

development of his drafts and the timing of the acquisition of free agents has been very well synchronized.”  This is the third time Poile has been named Executive of the Year, having received the award in the 1982-83 and 1983-84 seasons while with the Washington Capitals.

Sabres G.M. Darcy Regier was second in the voting with nine votes.

Also announced was the Sporting News 2007 NHL All-Star Team:

Center  - Sidney Crosby

Left wing – Dany Heatley

Right wing – Martin St. Louis

Defensemen - Nicklas Lidstrom, Scott Niedermayer

Goaltender - Martin Brodeur

The 2007 NHL Awards appear in the May 28 issue of Sporting News on newsstands on Wednesday, May 23.


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