Your canidate for the Awards

Well with all teams at or above 41 games I think it is time for us to look at the year end trophies and predict who will win them.

Presidents Trophy- Top NHL team

I’m picking the Avs. Despite being 3 points away from the Wings, they have 3 games in hand
Prince of Wales Trophy- Best Eastern Conference Team

Toronto is first but I think that Ottawa will end up 1st yet again. They are doing very well and have a couple games in hand over the Leafs.

Clarence Campbell Trophy- Best Western Conference Team

I picked the Avs (refer to the Presidents)

Jack Adams Award- Best Coach

This is tough but I am leaning toward Darryl Sutter. I picked Calgary to be around 25th in the league in the Preseason.

Calder Trophy- Best Rookie

Well I like Joni Pitkanen, but Michael Ryder of Montreal to me has looked most impressive, with Trent Hunter a close second with Joni

King Clancy- Leadership and Humanitarian

Well I am not too sure on this one. As far as leadership is concerned I think Steve Yzerman but I don’t follow community contributions, so help me out on this one.

The Hart Trophy- NHL MVP

I always think that a goalie is by far the MVP on any team which would make me think Brodeur… but Ilya Kovalchuk is playing on a surprising Atlanta team, and should they make it I think he should get it.

Jennings Trophy- Goalie with fewest GA

I think that Brodeur will get it, even though he will play more games than the rest. 1.82 GAA, #1 in the league.

Lady Byng-Displays Gentlemanly Conduct

Steve Reinprecht has no PIMS in 20 games…not too shabby.

Norris Trophy- Top defenseman

I always which that they would give it to a defensive defenseman, but that won’t happen. Gonchar is #1 in points, but is a minus well lets say a lot. I like Souray, but Mathieu Schneider is doing superb.

Masterton Trophy- Perseverance, Sportsmanship, and Dedication

Once again, I am not too good at these, but Cujo has been through hell and back this year, and I am surprised that hasn’t done anything too bad PR wise.

Lester Patrick- Outstanding Service to hockey in US

I don’t have the slightest clue. How about Marc Andre Fleury…sorry

Lester B. Pearson Award- same thing as the Hart, except the NHLPA chooses

They usually go with a proven player, so not Ilya. Naslund looks like a good choice.

Rocket Richard Trophy- Most Goals

Hey Rick Nash is leading the pack. I don’t know how, but he is. With 25 I think he has just as good a chance as any.

Art Ross- Top Point Scorer

I think Sakic will do it once again. 48 so far, and strong play by the Avs makes me think he will win it

Selke- Top defensive forward-

Bobby Holik has looked most impressive this year, still not $9,000,000.00 impressive.

Vezina- I think Brodeur has it yet again, unless he stumbles and Boucher keeps getting 5 game shutout streaks. I like Aebischer too.

And Conne Smythe- Tell you when the Stanley Cup Finals come along.