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FTP Picks for the NHL Awards…


I wanted to quickly throw out my selections for the NHL Awards this evening. I participated in Puck Daddy’s poll earlier in the summer and actually had a couple of guys on podium that weren’t even nominated!

I won’t beat around the bush… here are my selections with a quick sentence about each…

Hart Memorial Trophy:

Henrik Sedin

Though a case could be made for Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin, Sedin was by far his team’s and the league’s MVP all season long…especially when you consider that he played a good portion of the year without his usual line-mate and brother, Daniel.

Vezina Trophy:

Ryan Miller

Miller was the best goaltender in the league throughout the season and he singlehandedly gave the light scoring Sabres a chance in every single game that they played.

Frank J. Selke

Ryan Kesler

Though I believe that Jordan Staal is a worthy candidate and Pavel Datsyuk can win it any day of the week, this year Ryan Kesler was by far the best defensive forward in the game…he made a believer out of me during the Olympics when he was winning EVERY face-off.

Lady Byng Trophy

Pavel Datsyuk

Though something is telling me to go with Marty St. Louis, Datsyuk is my man.

Calder Memorial Trophy

Tyler Myers

I will be the first to tell you that Jimmy Howard had an unbelievable season, however I think I graduated high school with him back in 1993…Myers came in at a tough position and thrived!

James Norris Trophy

Duncan Keith

Duncan Keith was probably the best all around defenseman in the game this season and the voters will recognize that fact tonight… it is worth noting that Doughty doesn’t have long to wait to get his.

Masterton Trophy

Kurtis Foster

Though I feel that this award should be going to “The Monster,” I am going with Kurtis Foster, who completed a nice comeback this season.

Jack Adams Award

Dave Tippett

Tippett did an amazing job with a team that no one wanted to give any respect too…look for big things moving forward, no matter where they play the games.


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1 Comment

  1. Ozman51

    June 23, 2010 at 5:20 pm


    I don’t think Sedin even Sniffs it. Staal is a bigger contender for Selke than people are giving him credit for.

    If Mike Green wins the Norris I am done with awards apart from the Cup, they will all be meaningless at that point.