Welcome to Part 2 of the two part 2012 NHL Awards Predictions posts. If you missed Part 1, read it here. If you did read it, hopefully you enjoyed it and will like this one as well.
The 2012 NHL Awards is live from Las Vegas, Nevada once again. Although this time, it will be held at the Wynn Las Vegas, instead of the Palms, where it has been at least the last couple of years.
Read Part 2 of the NHL Awards Predictions after the jump.
Frank J. Selke Trophy
This trophy goes to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.
1. David Backes (St. Louis Blues)
2. Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins)
3. Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings)
Prediction: Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins)
This choice was tough because all three could win it. I first chose Pavel Datsyuk, but now I’m going with Patrice Bergeron. The stats don’t lie. Bergeron had a +/- of 36, more than Datsyuk and Backes. Hard choice, but I have to go with Patrice Bergeron.
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy
This trophy is given to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.
1. Brian Campbell (Florida Panthers)
2. Jordan Eberle (Edmonton Oilers)
3. Matt Moulson (New York Islanders)
Prediction: Jordan Eberle (Edmonton Oilers)
I go with Jordan Eberle because he is disciplined and skilled player. Eberle had only ten penalty minutes in 78 games played and had the most points of the three, with 76 points. A skilled player that will be getting acknowledged in Vegas this week.
Calder Memorial Trophy
This award is given to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League.
1. Adam Henrique (New Jersey Devils)
2. Gabriel Landeskog (Colorado Avalanche)
3. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Edmonton Oilers)
Prediction: Gabriel Landeskog (Colorado Avalanche)
This is one was very tough to chose, especially after the Stanley Cup Finals where Adam Henrique was playing great hockey throughout the playoffs. Although, this award was selected at the end of the regular season, not playoffs. So, Henrique will not win this award.
Then, it came down to Landeskog and Nugent-Hopkins. I had to go with Gabriel Landeskog because he showed me that he was the all-around player during the season. I loved his physical play and scoring touch. Hard to go wrong with either won of the three though.
James Norris Memorial Trophy
This award is given to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position.
1. Zdeno Chara (Boston Bruins)
2. Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators)
3. Shea Weber (Nashville Predators)
Prediction: Zdeno Chara (Boston Bruins)
As much as it kills me to write this, but I think Zdeno Chara wins. Chara has the best +/- of them all with 33 and he plays excellent defense. Chara is the man you want to shut-down the opposition’s best line.
Shea Weber is second and Erik Karlsson is third. You ask, “Why is Karlsson third?”. Karlsson is an offensive defenseman. He isn’t a great D-MAN. A coach wouldn’t put him on to shut down top lines compared to Chara or Weber.
This great award is given to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at this position as voted by the general managers of all NHL clubs.
1. Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers)
2. Pekka Rinne (Nashville Predators)
3. Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles Kings)
Prediction: Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles Kings)
This one comes down to Henrik Lundqvist or Jonathan Quick, in my opinion. Pekka Rinne did not have a great playoffs, and it showed. Quick should win this due to the best playing ability in the NHL and winning the Stanley Cup, but I think Lundqvist will win it. Mainly because there are more eyes on the Eastern Conference than the Western. It will be a shame if Quick loses, but at the same time, I won’t be surprised.
Hart Memorial Trophy
This award is given to the player judged to be the most valuable to his team.
1. Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers)
2. Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins)
3. Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Prediction: Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers)
This award should go to a player who played in the playoffs. That scratched Steven Stamkos off the list already. So now it comes down to Evgeni Malkin or Henrik Lundqvist. I go with the Lundqvist because the Rangers would not be in the playoffs without him. He led the team to the Eastern Conference Finals due to his great goaltending.
Evgeni Malkin could be the MVP because he led his team to the playoffs, without Sidney Crosby most of the season. Malkin had a great season, but because of the first round exit, he shouldn’t win.
Hope you enjoyed these two part prediction posts. America loves predictions and opinions, so why not give it to them.