NHL Awards: TV Schedule, Nominees and Predictions for Who Will Win Each Award
The Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe Trophy were awarded last week and the William Jennings Award was handed out once the NHL regular season ended, but there are more awards to be handed out.
Here is information on where to watch, who is nominated and who's the favorite for each award.
When: Wednesday June 20, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. ET, 4:00 p.m. PT
Where: Encore Theater at Wynn, Las Vegas, Nevada
Watch: NBC Sports Network, CBC
2012 Awards Finalists
Each projected winner will appear in bold text.
Hart Trophy: Most valuable player
Nominees: Henrik Lundqvist, Evgeni Malkin and Steven Stamkos.
Ted Lindsay Award: NHLPA’s most outstanding player
Nominees: Evgeni Malkin, Steven Stamkos and Henrik Lundqvist
Vezina Trophy: Top goaltender
Nominees: Henrik Lundqvist, Pekka Rinne and Jonathan Quick
He arguably had his best year overall and was the best goalie in the NHL this year.
Jack Adams Award: Top head coach
Nominees: Ken Hitchcock, Paul MacLean and John Tortorella
The Rangers were expected to finish anywhere from sixth to eighth in the conference, but Tortorella led the team to a first-place finish.
The Rangers started in Europe and had an extended road trip, dealt with the pressure of HBO cameras on the road to the Winter Classic and still performed above expectations.
NHL Foundation Award
Nominees: Mike Fisher, John-Michael Liles and Matt Moulson
Each man is deserving for the award so there is no true favorite to pick.
Mark Messier Leadership Award: Exceptional leadership
Nominees: Dustin Brown, Ryan Callahan and Shane Doan
Each captain did a superb job for his team this season. Dustin Brown led his team to a Stanley Cup, but because the award is voted upon before the playoffs, I think Messier will choose Ryan Callahan for how he responded in his first year as captain of the New York Rangers.
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Top defenseman
Nominees: Zdeno Chara, Erik Karlsson and Shea Weber
Favorite: Erik Karlsson is going to win this award because of his explosive offensive numbers for the Ottawa Senators. Karlsson had 19 goals and 59 assists during the regular season. He also improved his defense and plus-minus totals drastically from the season prior.
Calder Memorial Trophy: Top rookie
Nominees: Adam Henrique, Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Favorite: Gabriel Landeskog had an exceptional year and transitioned well to NHL play. He was an offensive contributor, played two-way hockey and became a solid special teams player for the Colorado Avalanche.
Frank J. Selke Trophy: Top defensive forward
Nominees: David Backes, Patrice Bergeron and Pavel Datsyuk
Favorite: Patrice Bergeron is deserving but it is hard to bet against the favorite and three-time Selke winner Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings.
Lady Byng Trophy: Sportsmanship
Nominees: Brian Campbell, Jordan Eberle and Matt Moulson
Favorite: New York Islander Matt Moulson deserves this award because he plays in the dirty areas along the board and scores a lot of goals close to the net. His ability to do this without taking penalties often is very impressive.
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy: Perseverance
Nominees: Daniel Alfredsson, Joffrey Lupul and Max Pacioretty
Favorite: All three men overcame obstacles to have an impact this season, but the Montreal Canadiens' Pacioretty had a great rebound year after sustaining a neck injury last season.
General Manager of the Year:
Nominees: Doug Armstrong, David Poile and Dale Tallon
Favorite: Dale Tallon was criticized for lavish spending at the start of free agency, but it led the Panthers to a division title and their first playoff berth in 12 years.
Don't forget to return to the Bleacher Report NHL page for live coverage of the NHL awards Wednesday night, and Friday and Saturday for live 2012 NHL draft coverage.
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