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…And the Award Goes To (Dec.update)

In Hockey Hits on January 2, 2010 by geespotting

Alright…three months into the NHL season…and here is the award tracker so far:

MVP – Ilya Bryzgalov, PHOENIX

– Alright, I may be biased a bit as the Coyotes are my team…and I usually never pick a tender for this award…but, at this point of the season, he is the most valuable player to his team. Look at the standings, and then look at his numbers. Pretty easy actually.

RUNNER UP: Joe Thornton, SAN JOSE

– Kind of hard to pick Big Joe as a runner up on a team stacked like the Sharks…but, he is looking like the Joe that first arrived on the West Coast a few years ago. Doesn’t hurt to have some pretty awesome linemates however.

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Ryan Miller, BUFFALO & Henrik Sedin, VANCOUVER

TOP GOALIE – Ilya Bryzgalov, PHOENIX.

– I mentioned why he is the MVP right now, but, also the league’s top goalie right now after Ryan Miller had a few stumbles this month.

RUNNER UP: Ryan Miller, BUFFALO

– A few stumbles still warrant him the number two spot.

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Martin Brodeur, NEW JERSEY & Evgeni Nabokov, SAN JOSE

TOP DEFENCEMAN – Duncan Keith, CHICAGO

– Another month and another month of improved play. The Penticton native doesn’t make any mistakes, and he is the ultimate power play QB.

RUNNER UP – Dan Boyle, SAN JOSE

– Like Keith, a blue-liner who will be counted on for Canada at the upcoming Winter Games in Vancouver.

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Tomas Kaberle, TORONTO & Mike Green, WASHINGTON

TOP ROOKIE – Tyler Myers, BUFFALO

– Johnny T has been de-throned (for now anyway) as this former Kelowna Rocket is the best defenseman on the Sabres, and the best rookie so far. Some say he is way ahead of Chara when he was a rookie. If that holds true…look out!

RUNNER UP – John Tavares, NEW YORK ISLANDERS

– His play dropped a bit in December, but, still leading the Isles and all rookies in scoring.

HONORABLE MENTIONS – Matt Duchene, COLORADO & Niclas Bergfors, NEW JERSEY

MOST SPORTSMANLIKE – Martin St. Louis, TAMPA BAY

– He was a surprise player NOT picked for Team Canada, but, his numbers are high on the point side, and low on the PM side.

RUNNER UP – Brad Richards, DALLAS

– Another player that could have been on Team Canada. He is still in the top 10 in scoring, and has under 10 pm’s.

HONORABLE MENTIONS – Patrick Marleau, SAN JOSE & Zach Parise, NEW JERSEY

TOP DEFENSIVE FORWARD – Zach Parise, NEW JERSEY

– I don’t know if anyone will knock off the Devils’ star out of top spot. He plays all situations, leads the league in plus-minus, and leads the team in scoring.

RUNNER UP – Jonathon Toews, CHICAGO

– The Hawk captain is really rolling right now after his early season injury. Like Parise, a player counted on in many capacities…and excels in them too.

HONORABLE MENTIONS – Patrick Marleau, SAN JOSE & Taylor Pyatt, PHOENIX

TOP COACH  – Joe Sacco, COLORADO

– The Avs are STILL among the top teams in the West…and their coach is the main reason. He has done an incredible job in keeping this young team motivated.

RUNNER UP – Dave Tippett, PHOENIX.

– Like Sacco, Tippett is keeping the surprising ‘Yotes in the mix. He has changed the style of this team, and his disciplined approach has the Desert Dogs continuing to win in many close games.

HONORABLE MENTIONS – Lindy Ruff, BUFFALO & Terry Murray, LOS ANGELES

…so…if the NHL handed out the hardware today…that’s how she would look. More later!

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