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And The Award Goes To…

In Hockey Hits on November 1, 2009 by geespotting

Ok…I like them lists…after one month of the hockey season, here is who should be winning each award in the NHL this season. I even have the Byng and Selke rankings…that’s just plain goofy isn’t it?

MVP: Alexander Ovechkin, WASHINTON

– It is just assumed that he will be there…but, truth is, this is the greatest start the gr8 one has ever had.

RUNNER UP: Craig Anderson, COLORADO

– Look at the West standings…see who is number one, and pick their best player. It’s him in a no-brainer.

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Anze Kopitar, LOS ANGELES & Ryan Miller, BUFFALO

TOP GOALIE: Craig Anderson, COLORADO

– His numbers go hand and hand with the Avs’ remarkable start this season.

RUNNER UP: Ryan Miller, BUFFALO

– The Sabres are also rolling out of the gate, and Miller’s start is the best of his career. Hmmm…nice one-two punch for the Americans at the Olympics with Miller and Anderson, hey?

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Ilya Bryzgalov, PHOENIX & Marc-Andre Fleury, PITTSBURGH

TOP DEFENCEMAN: Tomas Kaberle, TORONTO

– He leads the entire league in assists, and his team has one win. The way he has controlled the puck for the laughable Leafs this season has been impressive. Don’t even bring up his minus numbers because,  on occasion, it is possible that a player can win an award on a crappy team.

RUNNER UP: Drew Doughty, LOS ANGELES

– The Kings have had a strong start, and he is showing no signs of a sophomore jinx, and has been the club’s leader from the backend.

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Dan Boyle, SAN JOSE & Mike Green, WASHINGTON

TOP ROOKIE: Michael Del Zotto, NEW YORK RANGERS

– He has burst onto the scene with the Broadway Blueshirts, and looks like someone who has played for 10 years. In games I have watched this year, the kid has yet to be rattled.

RUNNER UP: Jamie Benn, DALLAS

– I may be a bit biased on this one, having been a fan of Benn from his Kelowna Rocket years, but, he has settled in very nicely with Ribiero and Morrow, and will only get better.

HONORABLE MENTIONS: James Van Riemsdyk, PHILADELPHIA & Ryan O’Reilly, COLORADO (sorry, no Tavares…just yet)

MOST SPORTSMANLIKE: Daniel Alfredsson, OTTAWA

– He has been the Sen’s best player (again) in a landslide, and has yet to hit the sin-bin.

RUNNER UP: Martin St. Louis, TAMPA BAY

– Always a fave for this award, he actually apologizes to players that he runs into.

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Anze Kopitar, LOS ANGELES & Patrick Marleau, SAN JOSE

TOP DEFENSIVE FORWARD: Zach Parise, NEW JERSEY

– If you play in Jersey, and are forward, chances are you have a good shot at this award, even more so with the return of Jacques Lemaire. Zach was a top 10 votegetter for this award last year too.

RUNNER UP: Vernon Fiddler, PHOENIX

– The most under-rated pick up in the off-season. With new coach Dave Tippett guiding the young Desert Dogs in a more defensive attack, Vern probably had no problem in identifying his role.

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Curtis Glencross, CALGARY & Marco Sturm, BOSTON

COACH OF THE YEAR: Joe Sacco, COLORADO

– Wow…what a first impression. Sacco has come in, and has motivated an extremely young team into not only competing night after night, but, into winning night after night.

RUNNER UP: Terry Murray, LOS ANGELES

– You knew at some point this young team would start to mold, and Murray has been able to guide his team into the W column, and has done so while setting  a precedent. Ask Frolov what that means.

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Dave Tippett, PHOENIX & Marc Crawford, DALLAS

 

So, there you go, a look at each award winner after month one. I will re-do those rankings after November, and so on. It is rare that players can maintain strong play for an entire season (example: see where Kopitar, Anderson and Kaberle rank in a month or two), except the rare players (Ovechkin, Crosby, Boyle etc.). We will see what kind of movement I will make in a month.

Still to come…I put out my first list for Team Canada at the Olympics…and there will be some shockers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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