The New York Rangers announced their team award winners for the 2021-22 season today. Igor Shesterkin was named the Rangers' Most Valuable Player, Barclay Goodrow and Jacob Trouba were named co-recipients of the Players' Player Award, and Ryan Strome was named the winner of the John Halligan Good Guy Award.
The Most Valuable Player Award was voted on by members of the New York Rangers media and has been given annually since the conclusion of the 1941-42 season. Shesterkin is the first Rangers goaltender since Henrik Lundqvist in 2017-18 to win the award.
Heading into the final game of the season, Shesterkin has posted a 36-13-4 record to go along with his .935 save percentage and 2.07 goals against average. In addition, Shesterkin has recorded six shutouts. Shesterkin is the fourth goalie in team history (Lundqvist, Richter, Giacomin) to win 36 or more games in a season. He currently leads the NHL in both save percentage and goals against average.
The Players' Player Award has been given annually since the conclusion of the 1958-59 season and recognizes the Ranger who, as selected by his teammates, "best exemplifies what it means to be a team player." It is the first time the award has been shared since Chris Drury and Blair Betts earned the honors in 2008-09.
In his first season with New York, Goodrow has tallied career highs in goals (13), assists (20) and points (33). Goodrow leads the Blueshirts in shorthanded time on ice (180:16), shorthanded shots (14), has one shorthanded goal and four shorthanded points. On April 7 against Pittsburgh, Goodrow played in his 400th career game.
Trouba has notched 11 goals, a career-high, 28 assists for 39 points and a plus-25 rating in 80 games for the Blueshirts. Trouba ranks first on New York in blocked shots (172) and second on the team in hits (207). Trouba is the only player in the NHL with 200 or more hits and 170 or more blocked shots. On March 20, Trouba recorded his 250th career NHL point.
The John Halligan Good Guy Award recognizes a player for their cooperation with the media throughout the season. The award has been presented annually since the 1974-75 season and was renamed in 2009-10 to honor the team's late public relations director. The award recipient is chosen by members of the media who cover the Rangers throughout the season.
Strome has scored a career-high 21 goals in 73 games and has added 32 assists for 53 points. His point total is the second most of his career (59 in 2019-20). Strome has recorded career highs in power play goals (5) and game-winning goals (5) in 2021-22. On April 9, Strome tallied his 350th career point and on March 8 in Minnesota, he played in his 600th career game.