Addressing NHL awards talk

Hall, Giroux for MVP…

Philadelphia Flyers vs Detroit Red Wings NBCSN

MVP, usually this award is given to the player who is the most important and valuable to his team, last years winner was Connor McDavid which is understandable, brought the Oilers from irrelevant to relevant in a season. And if we base last years winner to this years winner, we have to be considering Claude Giroux and Taylor Hall as the favorites right now, correct? I mean, look yes Kucherov is playing unreal but without him, the Lightning still has three to four high scoring players. And yes Malkin has been a Russian machine but again without him, the Penguins have Crosby and Kessel, plus Brassard now. If we look at the Devils line up who in the word pops out to you besides Hall, yes, no one. Hall has made his statement now and this 30-goal season and 26-game point streak are like his thesis to the league as to why he should be considered for the MVP. Hall has 74 points(Top-10) in 62 games, 44 assists and 30 goals(T-11). On top of that Hall has single handily brought this Devils team to be a contender for a playoff spot, where last season when he was injured it was evident they needed their star player back, well return a healthy Hall and now the Devils are finally a playoff team again. Giroux, same goes for him in a sense, the Flyers missed the playoffs last year and now with Giroux playing some his best hockey the Flyers are within a top three divisional spot and points out of the Metro lead. Giroux on the season has 79 points(T-4) and 56 assists(T-3) in 67 games. It is obvious while yes Voracek is one hell of a player this Flyers team feeds off the captain’s energy and performance and that is exactly what Giroux has done, performed unbelievably and has led this Flyers team back to the playoffs.

Laine, Malkin for the Rocket…

Rocket Richard Trophy, this one seemed clear as day a couple weeks back, it seemed like it was all Ovechkin for the entirety of this season, but now another Russian player Evegani Malkin wants to be in talks for the Rocket trophy. At points, it was Kucherov and Ovechkin(something about Russians and the back of the net I see), but as Kucherov missed some time and tailed off, Malkin has joined the topic of conversation. Malkin trails Ovechkin by two goals, Ovi(40), Malkin(38). Wait, let’s not forget sophomore Patrik Laine, it seemed like Laine was in his own battle with the sophomore slump but his recent 13-goals in 9 games the Swedish sniper has emerged in the conversation as well now. Laine is tied with Malkin with 38 goals and has shown no signs of slowing down. This is going to be a down to the wire race, like any award, but with the way the Jets and Penguins are playing as a team, I think we may see one of either Laine and Malkin take it. Either or I think deserves it and Laine winning it would just add onto why this 20-year-old goal scorer is going to be around doing this for quite some time.

Klingberg or Carlson for the Norris

imagesNorris trophy, this trophy always gets messed up and given to the wrong person I feel like. But in years past it never really goes to the bets defenseman it just goes to the defenseman with the most points and at the moment that is, John Klingberg with 56 points. In a close second is John Carlson with 53 points, after that it goes, Brent Burns(52), PK Subban(50), Shayne Gostisbehere(50). I am not sure what the ruling is one this award, what the voting process is like and who picks the winner. But I think we have to consider either Carlson or Klingberg, both have taken an expanded role for there team and both have been consistently doing this all season. Carlson first off has a blue line accompanied by Brooks Orpik, Matt Niskanen, Dimitry Orlov, Michal Kempny and Madison Bowey, a bunch of alright defensemen who do not bring a ton to the table. While Klingberg went from having a down year with 49 points last year and having already exceeded that point total. Klingberg also plays with a list of decent defenseman and has carried this blue line all year. Klingberg averages 23:41 time on ice and 27.6 shifts per game, while Carlson 25:20 time on ice(top 15 ice time) and 27.0 shifts per game. This two eat some major minutes and for chalking all that time, still being able to produce the way they are, with the other defenseman they have is amazing. I would hope to see either of these guys win it, but highly doubt they will.



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