NHL: First Quarter Awards

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NHL: First Quarter Awards
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On Tuesday night, the New York Rangers played their 21st game of the season. The last team to do so, the Rangers held off the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 at home. 

Now that each team has played 20 or more games, we are one quarter of the way through the hockey season. There have been some pleasant surprises among usual underachievers (St. Louis, Ottawa), and some breakout players so far (Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Tyler Seguin).

Then there are guys like Phil Kessel. Kessel is off to a great start, and leads the All-Star ballot. It was just last season Kessel was "Mr. Irrelevant" in the new All-Star "fantasy draft."

Nikolai Khabibulin is another one we can chuckle at. Who would have thought the veteran would have the success he's having in net with Edmonton? His .936 save percentage is no fluke. 

So, let's get to the individual awards. Is Kessel deserving of the Hart Trophy? Does Khabibulin's reemergence command the Vezina? Pierre LeBrun recently posted ESPN's picks. However, some of them are arguable.

I know there will be disagreements, and some might call me words that would make a nun cry, but here's my take on who is deserving of the Hart, Vezina, Calder, Selke, Norris and Jack Adams trophies. 

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