Midseason NHL Awards
The mathematical halfway point of the NHL schedule has passed making this a good time to hand out some midseason awards.
HART TROPHY (most valuable player): Martin Brodeur, New Jersey. The Devils don’t score much, but they don’t have to with Brodeur in the crease. He leads the NHL in several goaltending categories and has played in all but two of New Jersey’s 39 games.
The Devils play stifling defense in front of Brodeur, but their offense is only 19th best in the league.
Honorable mention: Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit; Ilya Kovalchuk, Atlanta; Markus Naslund, Vancouver; Ziggy Palffy, Los Angeles; Joe Sakic, Colorado; Mats Sundin, Toronto.
NORRIS TROPHY (defenseman): Rob Blake, Colorado. At age 34, Blake is enjoying his best season since 1997-98, when he won this award while playing for the Kings. He has been a force at both ends of the ice.
Honorable mention: Adrian Aucoin, New York Islanders; Adam Foote, Colorado; Sergei Gonchar, Washington; Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit; Scott Niedermayer, New Jersey; Chris Pronger, St. Louis; Mathieu Schneider, Detroit.
VEZINA TROPHY (goalie): Brodeur. See above.
Honorable mention: David Aebischer, Colorado; Ed Belfour, Toronto; Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary; Patrick Lalime, Ottawa; Chris Osgood, St. Louis; Jose Theodore, Montreal.
CALDER TROPHY (rookie): Trent Hunter, New York Islanders. Drafted 150th overall by Anaheim in 1998, the 6-foot-3 right wing didn’t play for the Mighty Ducks. Hunter was traded to the Islanders for a fourth-round pick, and he’s on pace for a 30-goal season.
Honorable mention: Patrice Ber- geron, Boston; John-Michael Liles, Colorado; Matthew Lombardi, Calgary; Joni Pitkanen, Philadelphia; Andrew Raycroft, Boston; Michael Ryder, Montreal.
SELKE TROPHY (defensive forward): Kris Draper, Detroit. The Red Wings center already has registered a career-high 18 goals, three of them short-handed. He has won 57 percent of his faceoffs and has recorded the best plus/minus rating (plus-21) among the league’s forwards.
Honorable mention: John Madden, New Jersey; Andrei Nikolishin, Colorado; Keith Primeau, Philadelphia; Todd White, Ottawa.
ADAMS TROPHY (coach): Bob Hartley, Atlanta. The Thrashers have defied all odds under the former Avalanche coach, who has kept the Thrashers together after the car accident that killed Dan Snyder and seriously injured star Dany Heatley. A defense-minded coach in Colorado, Hartley has opened up the offense in Atlanta; the Thrashers are one of the highest-scoring teams in the league.
Honorable mention: Tony Granato, Colorado; Dave Lewis, Detroit; Andy Murray, Los Angeles; Pat Quinn, Toronto; Darryl Sutter, Calgary; Barry Trotz, Nashville; Ron Wilson, San Jose.
LADY BYNG TROPHY (sportsmanship): Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa. Even though the talented right wing predicted the Senators will win the Stanley Cup, Alfredsson ranks among the league’s scoring leaders and has taken only four minor penalties.
Honorable mention: Brett Hull, Detroit; Steve Rucchin, Anaheim; Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay; Sergei Samsonov, Boston; Alex Tanguay, Colorado.
ROCKET RICHARD TROPHY (goals leader)
Rick Nash, Colubumus. Has just surpassed the 30 goal plateau and is on pace for a 50 goal season. This 19 year old is only in his second season and although the Blue Jackets are out of contention for a playoff spot, Nash is on pace to walk away with some metal. Any yeam playing the Blue jackets now realize the only way to beat them is to contain Rick Nash.