I know you’re dying, just dying to know who won the rest of the NHL Awards. I mean, you know that NBCSNPDQASAPTYAGN felt it was a high priority in terms of television viewership that they put it at that ever popular time when all the eyes would be on them: 6:30pm on Monday evening. Sure , it was aired just prior to NHL Live. But, it seems like it could have been done on another night when there wasn’t hockey, when it would be fleshed out a little more. Nope.
For the show, the folks at NBC and the NHL decided that no one has seen the old Oilers players who won all the championships enough. Yes, they all have the “Edmonton connection” as do the teams that are playing in the bubble in the capital of Alberta. However, watching and listening to old hockey players try to have something interesting to say to their heirs apparent, was a little painful. Well, all except for the goalie talk between Grant Fuhr and current Vezina winner, Connor Hellebuyck. That I had hoped would continue on. In fact, I would watch/ listen to that podcast. Goalies are probably a lot more interesting than most hockey players.
Okay, so the stuff you cannot live without:
Calder Memorial Trophy: Cale Makar (D) Colorado Avalanche
IT wasn’t a surprise that Makar took home the award for the best first year player.The 2019 Hobey Baker winner was highly coveted by the Avalanche despite his commitment to UMass, for which he played his college hockey for two years.
Ted Lindsay Award : Leon Draisaitl (F) Edmonton Oilers
Nor was it a surprise that the players would vote for Draisaitl for the Ted Lindsay Award since he was a shoe-in for the Hart. Draisaitl had a career year when Connor McDavid struggled to stay on the ice.
Vezina Trophy: Connor Hellebuyck (G) Winnipeg Jets
Most hockey writers seemed to think that Hellebuyck should win the Vezina over Tuukka Rask, even though the latter’s numbers were better. However, Hellebuyck bore the brunt of the Jets’ load, starting 56 games and appearing in 58 of the Jets’ 71 games played. He also becomes the first Jets’ goaltender to win the Vezina.
Norris Memorial Trophy: Roman Josi (D) Nashville Predators
Josi had a career year despite his team not faring as well. He had 16 goals, 49 assists for 65 points. Most notably, he broke my heart when he scored two goals against the Bruins at TD Garden just before Christmas. I still love him, though.
Hart Memorial Trophy: Leon Draisaitl (F) Edmonton Oilers
No brainer. He was dominant this season. He deserved it no matter where the Oilers finished in the standings.
So, Boston only won one award, Bruce Cassidy’s Jack Adams. Oh yeah: Pasta was co-winner of the Rocket Richard and Tuukka and Jaro won the Jennings. I guess that’s good enough.