NHL Award Winners So Far This Season
We're already over a quarter of the way through the NHL season, and several names have been popping off the screen night after night.
Whether it be the remarkable early-season efforts of squads like the Florida Panthers or Minnesota Wild, or the sensational rookie play of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, this season has been electrifying only 25 games into it.
So which names have been the most spectacular so far?
Some of the names on the NHL's hardware at the end of the year may surprise you, if this first quarter is any indication.
Vezina Trophy- Tim Thomas
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Stats: 18 Games, 13 Wins, .940 Save Percentage, 1.87 GAA, 3 Shutouts
Tim Thomas has become a household name after his historic season in 2010-11.
It was said that Thomas was supposed to slow down this season due to his age. Apparently Timmy didn't get the memo.
After the Bruins started off in the rough, they have been the hottest team in the entire league, due in large part to the play of Tim Thomas.
Can Thomas win his third Vezina in four seasons?
He certainly has my vote so far.
Hart Trophy- Phil Kessel
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Stats: 28 Games, 17 Goals, 35 Points
One of the league's best surprises has been the absolute onslaught that Phil Kessel has been inflicting on NHL team's lately.
Kessel is on pace for over 100 points this season, a huge jump from his previous season high of 64.
Although Kessel has some great players like Joffrey Lupul by his side, Kessel has been essential to the success of the Maple Leafs so far this season.
If Kessel continues at this pace, he will be the front runner for the Hart Trophy as well as the scoring title.
James Norris Trophy- Brian Campbell
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Stats: 27 Games, 2 Goals, 21 Assists, Plus-7 rating
Brian Campbell has been a bit of a surprise, but then again so have the Florida Panthers.
Currently the Cats have 34 points, good enough for the Southeast Division lead. Although the phenomenal play of Stephen Weiss, Tomas Fleischmann and Kris Versteeg have been headlining this squad, the silent and steady play of veteran Brian Campbell has anchored this team.
I'm even going to go as far as to say that Campbell may be worth his ridiculously large contract this year.
Calder Trophy- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
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Stats: 27 Games, 12 Goals, 29 Points, Plus-4 rating
This one is a no-brainer.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has been the most explosive player for the Edmonton Oilers as well as the most impressive rookie in the NHL.
RNH has 7 multi-point performances and recorded five assists on November 19th against Chicago.
Many doubted Nugent-Hopkins when he first came into the league out of training camp because of his very lanky frame.
He has not only proved them wrong, but also has turned heads across the league doing it.
Lady Byng Trophy- Pavel Datsyuk
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Stats: 26 Games, 8 Goals, 24 Points, 8 PIMS
Pavel Datsyuk got off to a bit of a slow start with a slew of minus outings and lackluster point production.
However, since he has gotten his groove back, Datsyuk has become the perennial Lady Byng and Selke Trophy candidate we all know and love.
He dazzles with his puck control and always plays the game without taking bad penalties. Datsyuk has won this award multiple times because of his respect for good, clean hockey.
Jack Adams Trophy- Dan Bylsma
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Stats: 28 Games, 36 points, 1st in Atlantic, 1st in East
Dan Bylsma has been searching for his second Stanley Cup with the Penguins ever since he stepped in mid-season to carry them to glory in 2008-09.
This year may just be that year with his roster finally returning to perfect health. Sidney Crosby is back and in full force, Malkin continues to be Malkin, and the Penguins are displaying more center depth than any team in the league.
Bylsma has shown so far this season that he has the ability to coach any team that's put in front of him. Crosby just helps.
Now if only that 'stache never existed...