Hickey on hockey: Habs’ Phillip Danault merits consideration for Selke
As the NHL regular season attracts to a close, it’s time to look back at a number of the wonderful man or woman performances of 2018-19.
This is the time of year while the members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association fill out ballots for a maximum of the awards to be exceeded out at the NHL awards display in Las Vegas on the top of June. While it’s going to take a few days to sort out the five gamers worth of consideration for each award, I have an excellent concept of the players who’re going to pinnacle my listing.
During the past eight seasons, eight gamers have won the Hart Trophy because the NHL’s most treasured participant and there could be a ninth player this season as Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov takes domestic the hardware. He ran away with the NHL scoring race this season and — while there are those who will argue that Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby is still the great player in the sport and Edmonton’s 2017 Hart Trophy winner Connor McDavid is within the blend — no person can healthy Kucherov’s play this 12 months. And, as an advantage, he’s helped the Lightning bring together the excellent document in the NHL.
Another biggie is the Norris Trophy, which goes to the top defenceman. Many citizens have continually placed a long way an excessive amount of emphasis on point totals to decide this award, which explains why San Jose’s Erik Karlsson received this award two times earlier than he found out to play defence. The Sharks’ Brent Burns, the 2017 winner, leads all defencemen in factors (81) and is a physical pressure, however my pinnacle vote this time goes to Mark Giordano, who is No. 2 among blue-liners in scoring (74) and is also the NHL plus/minus leader (plus-39). He also has helped Calgary publish the first-rate file inside the Western Conference.
P.K. Subban, who has won the award, and Shea Weber, who has come close, don’t discern within the verbal exchange this season due to the fact they have handled injuries. But it’s interesting to be aware that we haven’t reached the factor where the Canadiens are the clear losers in the change with Nashville. Weber has performed five fewer video games, however, has new dreams and greater points (14-19-33, plus-17) than Subban (9-21-30, plus-four) and has a miles better plus/minus score.
Vancouver centre Elias Pettersson is my desire for the Calder Trophy, which goes to the pinnacle rookie. He illustrates the difference among a 20-yr-antique and an 18-year-vintage just like the Canadiens’ Jesper Kotkaniemi. The two-yr age difference is pondered in strength and average maturity.
Boston’s Patrice Bergeron ought to win his fifth Selke Trophy as the quality defensive forward. At 33, the Quebec City local is taking part in the maximum efficient season of his career with 32 goals and a profession-excessive seventy-nine factors. He has a plus-23 rating, and he’s some of the NHL leaders with a 56.6 consistent with cent triumphing percentage in faceoffs. There aren’t any Canadiens within the running for any of the awards but considered one of my 5 Selke votes would go to the Canadiens’ Phillip Danault, who says he has observed his position version in Bergeron.
There are more than one awards that are not decided via a vote of the writers. However, I’ll share my picks in the one’s classes.
The Vézina Trophy for a quality goaltender is voted on by way of the overall managers, and I suspect Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Lightning gets the nod over fellow Russian Sergei Bobrovsky of the Blue Jackets. Vasilevskiy has been the favourite for a maximum of the season. However, if Bobrovsky wins, it’s going to placed Columbus in an exciting role. They had Bobrovsky at the block on the trade cut-off date because he’s coming up to the open free company. He’ll be seeking out big cash and a long time, but Columbus is looking to a destiny with Elvis Merzlikins, a Latvian playing with Lugano within the Swiss League. He seems like the great goaltender outside the NHL.
The broadcasters vote on the Jack Adams Trophy for instruct of the year, and it generally goes to the bench boss who has delivered a group again from the dead, and now not necessarily to the high-quality train. They broadcasters can test off each box by way of choosing Barry Trotz, who received the Stanley Cup final 12 months with Washington and has been performing miracles this season with the New York Islanders.