In every team sport, there are certain milestones and achievements awarded for individual excellence. The ultimate goal is to win a championship, but if you can pick up some individual accolades along the way, that's pretty special too.
The NHL awards are handed out in shiny, sparkly Las Vegas in over-the-top non-hockey fashion at season's end. It appears to be an attempt to link the NHL to pop culture but usually falls miles short. Everyone likes movie stars, most people like music, a couple of people like Nickelback and no one likes Gary Bettman.
Combining this eclectic stew into the NHL award show is unnatural and awkward, and it generates about as much interest in hockey as the Pro Bowl does for the NFL.
The culmination of the season is arguably the greatest postseason tournament in all of sports. It is certainly more deserving than the medley that has been put before us in the past.
That's enough of my feelings regarding the presentation of the awards. It's a disservice to those players who are in the discussion to receive said trophy or trophies.
This preseason was unique for obvious reasons, but it still provided the same optimism as any ordinary NHL season. The delayed start saw a few teams fall flat on their collective faces and others get out in front of the pack.
This slideshow will look at the preseason individual favorites to take home the NHL hardware and how they have fared so far. I will also offer some additional players who have stepped up and are deserving of a look for each specific award.
Here's to hoping that we won't be seeing a Creed comeback tour during this summer's NHL awards. Enjoy now!