If the Awards Were Handed Out Today
This is just a personal and opinionated speculation on NHL Awards, and if they were to be handed out today.
Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators; early season favourites thus far. Lead the Eastern Conference and have played less games than most.
West Champs: Detroit Red Wings; the season is still young, and Nashville is tight, but the Red Wings would have the best shot between the two.
Conn Smythe: Daniel Alfredsson; if Ottawa’s winning the Cup, it’s going to be on Captain Clutch, 3 game winners and two shorthanded goals in 6 wins.
President’s Trophy: Detroit Red Wings; they do lead the league, don’t they? Regardless of games played.
Art Ross (top scorer): Jaromir Jagr; Jags looks to be back to his old self with a new attitude.
Hart Memorial (MVP): Tomas Vokoun; it’s a tough call, but Vokoun has kept his boys in every one of their victories. And their losses? Well, they don’t have any.
Lady Byng (gentlemanly): Todd White; Why not? Who really gives a crap about the Lady Byng anyways. The line on White, 2 goals 9 assists +7 and 0 PIM. Not bad considering the influx of penalties.
Vezina (goalie): Tomas Vokoun; read the Hart Trophy explanation.
Lester B. Pearson (MVP as judged by players): Jaromir Jagr; I’d hate to play against a guy that scores a third of his team’s goals.
Calder Memorial (rookie): Alexander Ovechkin; any question about this one? 10 points in 8 games on a bad.. (no) horrendous team!
James Norris (defenseman): Tomas Kaberle; on a volatile and rushing team, Kaberle is carrying a load on defense. Averaging close to 30 minutes a game and is carrying, the mostly offensive minded, Bryan McCabe’s sloppy play. Kaberle has 7 points and a +5 rating on a team that, although hot, is only a game over .500 on the year, if you count OT losses as ordinary losses.
These are the early season favourites. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if we see some changes as the season progresses.