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Connor McDavid wins the Hart, Carlson wins the Norris, and more in the PHWA's mid-season award voting

Josh Vold   ·   23 janvier 2020
To begin the 2019-20 season, there were a lot of questions surrounding Connor McDavid and how he'll be able to perform after suffering a near career-ending injury last April.

The injury hasn't held McDavid back at all this season, as he's currently leading the league in scoring with 76 points in 49 games and is on pace for his best season to date. He appears to be the favorite to take home the Art Ross Trophy and will likely win either the Ted Lindsay Award or Hart Trophy (or both) come June.

The Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted their votes for the mid-season awards on Thursday, and unsurprisingly, McDavid was voted as the Hart Trophy winner.

Nathan MacKinnon, who is third in league scoring with 30 goals and 42 assists in 49 games this season, was voted as the runner-up, coming in at third place in Hart Trophy voting was David Pastrnak, who leads the league in goals (37) and will likely take home the first "Rocket"" Richard Trophy of his career this season.

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Norris Trophy (to the defenceman who demonstrates the greatest all-round ability in the position)

1. John Carlson (13-47-60) 2. Roman Josi (14-34-48) 3. Dougie Hamilton (14-26-40)

John Carlson was voted as the Norris Trophy winner for the first half of the season. We all remember the hot start he had to the season, and he even had a short stint as the league's leading scorer before being overtaken by McDavid. He now leads all defencemen with 60 points in 49 games. He's a big reason why the Washington Capitals find themselves at the top of the league standings once again.

Selke Trophy (to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game)

1. Sean Couturier (13-30-43) 2. Patrice Bergeron (21-20-41) 3. Ryan O'Reilly (9-34-43)

At this point in the season, it appears that Philadelphia Flyers forward Sean Couturier is the favorite to take home his first career Selke Trophy. The 27-year-old has 13 goals and 43 points in 50 games and he has won nearly 60% of his defensive zone draws.

Calder Trophy (to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition)

1. Cale Makar (11-26-37) 2. Quinn Hughes (5-29-34) 3. Victor Olofsson (16-19-35)

We knew that there would be a Hughes brother in contention for rookie of the year, but most people expected it to be the 2019 first overall pick Jack Hughes, not his brother Quinn. It doesn't matter much anyway, because the award has been Cale Makar's to lose for almost the entire season. Not only does he lead all rookies in scoring with 37 points in 41 games, he's also tied for seventh in scoring out of all NHL defenceman. He's on pace for nearly 67 points this season, which would be the fourth highest season ever by a rookie defenceman.

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct, combined with a high standard of playing ability)

1. Nathan MacKinnon (30-42-70, 8 PIM) 2. Auston Matthews (34-23-57, 6 PIM) 3. Ryan O'Reilly (9-34-43, 8 PIM)

The Lady Byng is usually awarded to the player who has the least penalty minutes, which is Auston Matthews, but MacKinnon has showed this season that he is much more deserving of the award. On top of his 74 points this season, he also only has 8 penalty minutes this season. His ability to produce high numbers while still staying composed is impressive and is a big reason why the Avalanche are second in the Central Division.

Vezina Trophy (to the goaltender adjudged to be best at his position)

1. Connor Hellebuyck (2.74 GAA, .917 Sv%) 2. Ben Bishop (2.28 GAA, .921 Sv%) 3. Darcy Kuemper (2.17 GAA, .918 Sv%)

Hellebuyck was voted as the Vezina winner for his .917 save percentage and 2.17 goals against average. He's also fourth in the league with 21 wins. He's been solid for the Jets and has them sitting three points out of a playoff spot.

Jack Adams Award (to the coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success)

1. Mike Sullivan 2. John Tortorella 3. Craig Berube

The Pittsburgh Penguins struggled early to start the season, but they were able to get them back on track. Several key Penguins players have gone down with injury this season, most notably Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel, and Evgeni Malkin. Despite all that, Mike Sullivan has still managed to get them to second place in the Metropolitan Division with 67 points.

Jim Gregory GM of the Year Award (to the general manager adjudged to have contributed most to his team's success)

1. Joe Sakic 2. John Chayka 3. Doug Armstrong

It hasn't been that long since we watched the Colorado Avalanche finish dead last in the league with only 48 points. Despite having stars like Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog, they weren't having any success. They were awarded with the fourth overall pick at that year's draft, and with that selection they took Cale Makar, who has been a star for the Avs this season and is the favorite to win the Calder Trophy. Three seasons later and they are now a real contender for the Stanley Cup. Other notable moves Sakic has made are : drafting MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen, Tyson Jost, and recent World Junior gold medal winner Bowen Byram.

He also made few big trades this past summer, acquiring Andre Burakovsky from Washington for Scott Kasmachuk, a 2020 second round pick, and 2020 third round pick. He also made waves this summer when he sent his number one defenceman Tyson Barrie and Alex Kerfoot to Toronto in exchange for Nazem Kadri, Calle Rosen, and a 2020 third round pick.

In 46 games this season, Burakovsky has 15 goals and 33 points, while Kadri has 17 goals and 31 points. The Avalanche sit second in the Central Division.

Rod Langway Award (to the defenceman who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game)

1. Jaccob Slavin (4-19-23, +27) 2. Victor Hedman (9-32-41, +11) 3. Roman Josi (14-34-48, +23)

Jaccob Slavin has been solid on the Hurricanes' blue line this season. Not only does he have four goals and 23 points in 50 games this season, he's also second on the team with a plus/minus rating of +27 and leads the team in takeaways with 54. Carolina currently hangs onto the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Comeback Player of the Year Award (to the player who returned to a previous high level of performance that was interrupted by sub par play, long-term injury, or illness)

1. William Nylander (22-21-43) 2. Anthony Duclair (21-12-33) 3. Max Pacioretty (21-26-47)

Nylander was voted as the winner for comeback of year following his contract stand-off from a year ago. He has 22 goals and 43 points in 49 games this season and is on pace for 71 points, which would be a new career high.



For the most part, I agree with the PHWA's decisions, but after the details about McDavid's knee injury were released in the trailer for 'Whatever It Takes', a documentary about his recovery process, I think there's no question that he should have won the award for comeback player of the year. It's likely that he'll be taking home the Masterton Trophy come June.

There's still a lot of hockey left to play this season, and it's going to be exciting to see who will get to take home some real hardware at the end of the season.

Tell us in the comments who your picks are for these awards.



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