2014 NHL Awards : Who Should Win

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Las Vegas, Nevada is widely considered as ‘sin-city’ for its ‘what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas’ tagline. It’s been featured in various movies, both of the serious nature (Leaving Las Vegas) and the comedic (The Hangover). Billing itself as the ‘entertainment capital of the world’ it is the 31st most populous city in the entire United States.

This year, the National Hockey League returns to the strip for the 2014 NHL awards show, where the best players and performances showcasing the best game in the world get honored.

Broadcaster George Stroumboulopoulos will host the event at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas on June 24, 2014, live at 7pm EST on NBCSN in the United States and CBC in Canada.

Two weeks ago, I asked my staff at Islanders Insight to cast their vote for each of the major awards. Since it was prior to the actual finalists being announced, it is now fun to look back and see some of the differences in opinions to whom was actually nominated.

I have attempted to note the projected winner in italics.

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175px-Hhof_hartHart Trophy (NHL Most Valuable Player)

The nominees are:

Sidney Crosby – Pittsburgh Penguins

Ryan Getzlaf – Anaheim Ducks

Claude Giroux – Philadelphia Flyers

Staff picks:

Andy Rich Mike Chris Eric
Crosby Perry Crosby Crosby Perry
Shane Peter Reagan Joe Powers Joe Pantorno Jon
Crosby Crosby Crosby Perry Perry Crosby

 

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Vezina Trophy (Best Goaltender)

The nominees are:

Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche

Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins

Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning

Staff Picks:

Andy Rich Mike Chris Eric
Rask Rask Rask Rask Bishop
Shane Peter Reagan Joe Powers Joe Pantorno Jon
Bishop Rask Rask Bishop Rask Rask

 

175px-Hhof_calderCalder Trophy (Top Rookie)

The nominees are:

Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche

Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay Lightning

Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning

Staff Picks:

Andy Rich Mike Chris Eric
MacKinnon McKinnon MacKinnon MacKinnon MacKinnon
Shane Peter Reagan Joe Powers Joe Pantorno Jon
MacKinnon MacKinnon MacKinnon MacKinnon MacKinnon MacKinnon

 

175px-Hhof_norrisNorris Trophy (NHL’s Best Defenseman)

The nominees are:

Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks

Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins

Shea Weber, Nashville Predators

Staff Picks:

Andy Rich Mike Chris Eric
Weber Keith Suter Suter Keith
Shane Peter Reagan Joe Powers Joe Pantorno Jon
McDonagh Keith Keith Pietrangelo McDonagh Keith

 

175px-Hhof_mastertonMasterton Award (Dedication to Hockey)

The nominees:

Dominic Moore, New York Rangers

Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils

Manny Malhotra, Carolina Hurricanes

Staff Picks:

Andy Rich Mike Chris Eric
Letang Letang Peverley Peverley Letang
Shane Peter Reagan Joe Powers Joe Pantorno Jon
Letang Letang Letang Letang Letang Letang

 

175px-Hhof_jack_adamsJack Adams (Coach of the Year)

The nominees:

Mike Babcock, Detroit Red Wings

Jon Cooper, Tampa Bay Lightning

Patrick Roy, Colorado Avalanche

Staff Picks:

Andy Rich Mike Chris Eric
Babcock Babcock Babcock Roy Richards
Shane Peter Reagan Joe Powers Joe Pantorno Jon
Babcock Babcock Roy Roy Roy Roy

 

175px-Hhof_selkeSelke Award (Best Defensive Forward)

The nominees:

Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins

Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings

Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

Staff Picks:

Andy Rich Mike Chris Eric
Bergeron Bergeron Kopitar Kopitar Bergeron
Shane Peter Reagan Joe Powers Joe Pantorno Jon
O’Reilly Bergeron Bergeron Kopitar Bergeron Bergeron

 

175px-LadybyngtrophyLady Byng (Sportsmanlike and Gentlemanly Play)

The nominees:

Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks

Martin St. Louis, New York Rangers

Ryan O’Reilly, Colorado Avalanche

Staff Picks:

Andy Rich Mike Chris Eric
O’Reilly Selanne O’Reilly O’Reilly O’Reilly
Shane Peter Reagan Joe Powers Joe Pantorno Jon
Selanne Moulson O’Reilly O’Reilly Marleau O’Reilly

 

General Manager Of The YearGM-of-the-Year

There are no finalists announced for this award, just a straight winner handed the trophy at the awards presentation.

 

 

Staff Picks:

Andy Rich Mike Chris Eric
Bergevin Bowman Murray Bergevin Murray
Shane Peter Reagan Joe Powers Joe Pantorno Jon
Bowman Bowman Bowman Armstrong Armstrong Bowman

 

Well, there you have it. Fun to look back and see what the staff selected even before the finalists were announced. Cannot believe we were all wrong on the Masterton, with nobody even picking a finalist to win. Cannot see Dominic Moore not getting it for his inspirational story after losing his 32 year old wife to a rare liver disease. It’s very difficult to not root for him to succeed, no matter what jersey he wears while on the ice.

 

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