A Preview of The NHL Awards

Brian GrayContributor IApril 29, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 26: (L-R) Alexaner Semin #28,  Alex Ovechkin #8, Nicklas Backstrom #19 and Mike Green #52 of the Washington Capitals celebrate their goal at 16:44 of the second period against the New York Rangers during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 26, 2009 in New York, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

As the NHL season is over and the playoffs are well underway, i would like to present my choices for the Major Awards, some of the Nominees have already been announced, and some have not, and we know the Result of some of the trophies as they are awarded based off of Stats...

The following awards have already been announced and will be awarded officially at the NHL Awards Ceremony

President's Trophy: San Jose Sharks

They were the best team in the regular season regardless of what happened in the first round of the playoffs. They were led by the play of Evgeni Nabokov, Joe Thornton, Dan Boyle, and Jonathan Cheechoo, and were the top team consistently all season just beating out the Boston Bruins and the Detroit Red Wings.

Maurice Richard: Alex Ovechkin

Dominated the goal scoring category by ten goals over the next highest total which was 46 by Jeff Carter of Philadelphia. Now has 116 Goals over the last two seasons and i do not believe its gonna stop there.

Art Ross: Evgeni Malkin

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Won a close race for this award with Alex Ovechkin followed by his teammate Sidney Crosby. Malkin had a very productive year where he also lead the league with 78 assists.

William M. Jennings: Tim Thomas/Manny Fernandez

Both contributed over 25 games to win this award, the Bruins were the only team in the NHL to not allow 200 goals this season, helped by Thomas's league leading 2.10 GAA.

Now for the guessing games... the non-guaranteed awards that always are fun to predict.

Vezina Trophy

Nominees: Steve Mason, Tim Thomas, and Niklas Backstrom

Predicted Winner: Steve Mason

Steve Mason will win this award for three reasons, he played on a very weak defensively team compared to the other two nominees, and posted 10 shutouts, had a very decent 2.29 GAA and Led the Columbus BlueJackets to the playoffs. While Tim Thomas does seem like a logical choice, as he had a 2.10 GAA, he only played 54 games, and he played on the team that allowed the fewest goals against in the league, not to mention they have the likes of Zdeno Chara and Dennis Wideman who played phenomenally this year, Backstrom finishes 3rd due to the fact that despite his 37 wins and 2.33 GAA his team failed to make the playoffs.

Norris Trophy

Nominees: Mike Green, Zdeno Chara, Niklaus Lidstrom

Predicted Winner: Mike Green

Green has been an offensive explosion this year, Green Led all defenders with 31 goals and 73 points and really made his presence known during Washingtonโ€™s power play since 18 of those goals were scored on a man-advantage. Chara and Lidstrom while worthy finalists, did not put up anywhere near the same numbers and while Lidstorm did have a plus minus of +32, Green wasn't that far behind with a + 24, which was better than Zdeno Chara.

Calder Trophy

Nominees: Steve Mason, Bobby Ryan, Kris Versteeg

Winner: Steve Mason

Yep, not only will he win the Vezina, Steve Mason will bring home rookie of the year, the only knock i have on him is his play in the playoffs, however remember this award is not based on the playoffs, only regular season, which he was stellar, recorded 10 shutouts (#1 in the league), ranked second with a 2.29 save percentage, eighth with 3,664 minutes, ninth with 33 wins, 10th with 61 games and 11th with a .916 save percentage. Enough Said.

Selke Award

Nominees: Pavel Datsyuk, Ryan Kesler, and Mike Richards

Winner: Pavel Datsyuk

Datsyuk outscored both Richards and Kesler by logging 32 goals and 65 assists for 97 points (4th in the NHL).ย  Datsyuk was third in the NHL with a plus-34 rating and won 56% of his faceoffs (9th overall). Just by statistics alone, Datsyuk will win his second straight Selke award.

Hart Trophy

Nominees: Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Pavel Datsyuk

Winner: Alex Ovechkin

Its a tough Choice, but due to Malkin playing with another 100 point producer i give this award to Alex Ovechkin. He simply outclassed the league with his 56 goals this year and is the main reason Washington finished 2nd in the East behind only the Boston Bruins, gone are the days of Washington struggling to score because of Ovechkin. Malkin had a great year, however, i believe Ovechkin was more valuable to his team. I mean the next offensive player after him in goals was Semin with 34, and yes he and Backstrom had high assist totals but that was because they kept giving Ovechkin the puck. This is a non-playoff team without Ovechkin, at least Pittsburgh would still have Crosby. With Detroit i still believe they are a more defensive minded team than Pittsburgh or Washington, and they have a supporting cast there capable of still making the playoffs without Datsyuk.

That's what i have right now, i may update later as more finalists are named. Please feel free to comment your objections this is how i personally see it happening, but i do value others opinions. Also i know i am not an English major so if you feel up to editing it please feel free, i will not take offense trust me.