It’s halfway through the National Hockey League and it’s been a very busy one. The second half will be shorter because of the Olympic Break but should have even more excitement down the stretch. For now, here is my mid-season awards.
Calder Trophy: Tyler Myers- BUF
The big rookie from Canada and born in the USA not only had dual citizenship, but now he’s already kicking ass in the NHL. He’s 5th in rookie scoring and leads all rookies in assists, plus/minus, ice time, Shorthanded ice time, and Power Play ice time. He looks likle a veteran o nthe ice and has drastically improved his club all the way to the top of the Northeast.
Runners-Up: John Tavres (NYI), Tuukka Rask (BOS)
Selke Trophy: Mike Fisher- OTT
Fisher’s had a breakout season, leading Ottawa in point scored and playing in key defensive times such as the Penalty Kill. Enough is enough, Pavel Datsyuk has enjoyed his time as the winner already, step aside for a new winner.
Runners-Up: Jordan Staal (PIT), Ryan Kesler (VAN)
Jack Adams Trophy: Joe Sacco- COL
This trophy is two guy horse race so far between Sacco and Dave Tippett of the Phoenix Coyotes. But I’m going to go with Joe Sacco because he’s pretty much signhandedly taken a unch of underachievers and very inexperienced rookies and made them into a top-tier team. That’s good in my books.
Runners-Up: Dave Tippett (PHX), Jacques Lemaire (NJD)
Norris Trophy: Duncan Keith- CHI
There’s a lot of great guys who could win this trophy but my eye goes to Keith who has led the Blackhawks with 30 points so far this season and has elevated Chicago to a whole new level. Duncan’s also very good in his own zone and plays in many key roles with Chicago.
Runners-Up: Dan Boyle (SJS), Drew Doughty (LAK)
Vezina Trophy: Ryan Miller- BUF
No question in this award, as Miller has absolutely lead his team to big time level playing. Ryan Miller has a knack for stealing games late and even if the dry offense supplied from his team can make you worrisome, no worries, Miller’s here to save the day.
Runners-Up: Ilya Bryzgalov (PHX), Martin Brodeur (NJD)
Hart Trophy: Ryan Miller- BUF
It’s the double duo for Miller, who has really stepped up his play. Nothing really new to say, so just read the above. The trophy states “The person who is most valuable to his team”. Without Miller, Buffalo would be at the bottom of the standings.
Runners-Up: Marian Gaborik (NYR), Sidney Crosby (PIT)