Many of the big NHL awards were given away on Tuesday evening. Among them, the Vezina Trophy, The Hart Trophy, The Ted Lindsay Award, The Calder Trophy and the Norris Trophy were awarded to some of the league’s best athletes and superstars. And, while many are deserving of the accolades received, there are some interesting storylines coming out of the voting.
One thing to keep in mind, all awards are for regular-season only and not for playoff performances. It’s easy to forget that when the awards and announced during the Stanley Cup Final. Those who voted, did so before playoffs even started.
Here are the results:
- Hart: Connor McDavid (EDM)
- Norris: Adam Fox (NYR)
- Vezina: Marc-Andre Fleury (VGK)
- Calder: Kirill Kaprizov (MIN)
- Ted Lindsay: Connor McDavid (EDM)
Connor McDavid was easily voted the top center for the first-team all stars. After scoring 33-72-105 with a+21 in 56 games this season, he received 99 out of 100 first-place votes. Sidney Crosby had one. McDavid had an incredible season, reaching heights no one figured were possible in a shortened COVID-focused campaign.
But, this wasn’t the only place where McDavid dominated. Not since Wayne Gretzky did so in 1982 has a player received all 100 of the 100 possible votes to win the Hart Trophy. McDavid did so this season.
McDavid also won the Ted Lindsay Award. He is the is seventh player to win Ted Lindsay three-plus times. McDavid and Draisaitl become first teammates to win Ted Lindsay back-to-back since Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby in 2012-13.
Leon Draisaitl Snubbed
As TSN’s Jason Gregor asked, “How many times has the league’s second leading scorer not made the first or second all star team?” He added, “Seems a bit odd Draisaitl was on neither team despite being 15 points ahead of third leading scorer Brad Marchand. It doesn’t matter in grand scheme of life just seems weird.”
Understandably, there are only so many spots to go around, but it’s pretty crazy that a center who finished the season with 84 points in 56 games was not named among the 12 players listed. Draisaitl came in 4th in voting for centers. He earned six 2nd place votes.
To be fair, there’s not really a person on the two teams that doesn’t deserve consideration so it’s fair to ask who you’d move out to put Draisaitl in.
Fleury Wins Vezina Amidst Trade Speculation
Fleury has won the Vezina Trophy after an incredible season for the Vegas Golden Knights. His resume reads like a novel of goaltending excellence. It’s incredible to believe that, despite all of this, he’s being talked about as a possible trade piece out of that organization this summer.
Below are just a few of his accomplishments:
- 3 Stanley Cup Championships
- 5 Cup Final appearances (with 2 different teams)
- 3rd most wins in NHL history
- 4th most playoff wins in NHL history
- 3rd most shutouts in NHL history
- Jennings Trophy
- Vezina Trophy
He said after winning the award, “Obviously having a good team in front of me helps. The staff and trainers keeping me loose. I love the game. I still have a lot of passion for the game and a lot of fun. I’m lucky to do what I like to do.”
Karpizov Wins Calder Trophy
Kirill Kaprizov becomes the first Calder Trophy winner in Minnesota Wild history. He received got 99 of 100 first-place votes. And, like Fleury, there’s some subtle chatter about contract issues that could pose complications for a return to the organization.
The Wild are confident they’ll ultimately have no issues getting Karprizov signed, but the talk of a KHL team making a bid and the Wild not sure if he’s playing this for leverage or what kind of deal he wants will only get more interesting after winning the award and being recognized in such a dominant fashion for how big a part of the Wild’s season he was.
Alex Nedeljkovic received four second-place votes.
Fox Beats Out Hedman Makar For Norris Trophy
Adam Fox, in his second NHL season, wins the Norris Trophy as the best all-around defenseman. It’s rare for such a young player, especially a defenseman to win an award like this, and when you consider he beat out Victor Hedman and Cale Makar to do it, that’s even more impressive. Only Bobby Orr has won the trophy so early in his career.
That said, he earned it. He had an incredible two-way season and it wasn’t just about getting the most points.
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