2010 NHL Awards: Early Picks for Top Hardware Winners

March 8th, 2010 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
It's March, the season is winding down, but far from over, playoff positioning is about as solid as Jell-O and picking a clear cut, Stanley Cup favorite at this point is a fool's errand. So, let's start predicting who will win individual NHL awards in June! Actually, while overall team performances and playoff outcomes are still pretty hard to judge, the competition for some of the NHL's player (and coach) awards is cooling down as some have clearly emerged the one's to beat this year. What follows are my predictions for who will be walking away with some hardware at the end of the NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas, Nev. in June. However, you will notice that there are a couple of noticeable omissions from the list of major awards. The Art Ross Trophy (most points in the regular season) and the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy (most goals in the regular season) are purely determined by stats. There is no judgment to make, the numbers will determine the winner. That said, go ahead and pencil in Sid and Ovi for both, you'll only have to erase one in June. The Lady Bing is another trophy determined largely, but not entirely, by penalty minutes, or, the lack thereof. Nevertheless, ...

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