Dark-Horse Candidates for NHL Awards in 2016-17

December 16th, 2016 by Allan Mitchell Leave a reply »
The NHL season is about 30 games old, and we are seeing award candidates emerge across the major categories. No one can be surprised that Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins is posting an amazing resume or even that Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers is delivering at a high level.

There is probably more than a little surprise over the comeback season of Jakub Voracek of the Philadelphia Flyers, and if he wins the Art Ross Trophy as leading scorer, it will be considered a major upset.

At this point in the season, it is possible to pair unlikely names with major awards on merit. There are still many games to go, but fans in NHL cities have plenty to cheer about from underdog players.

Here's a look at this season's dark-horse candidates for each major NHL individual regular-season award.

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