NHL First Quarter Awards Breakdown: Nicklas Lidstrom Out of Norris Race?

November 27th, 2010 by Mickey McGuire Leave a reply »
The National Hockey League has passed the first quarter of their season, and a lot of players have already started campaigning for the NHL Awards Show in June. Obviously, nobody has publicly stated anything; their on-ice play has done the talking for them.

Usually, there are predictions made early in the season about who is going to win what award before teams have even played ten games. An example of this was Tim Thomas' early season dominance in net. He has since slowed down, and no longer has numbers that would set numerous records. The sample size is just too small. After the quarter mark passes, fans have a better gauge on who has a legitimate shot to win the NHL awards at the end of the season.

The most important awards are the Hart Trophy, Norris Trophy, Vezina Trophy and Calder Trophy. Those are the awards I will be taking a look at.

Calder Trophy

1. RW Jeff Skinner, Carolina Hurricanes 7G, 12A, -4 in 22 GP
2. G Sergei Bobrovsky, Philadelphia Flyers 12-3-2, .926 SV%, 2.13 GAA in 17 GP
3. D John Carlson, Washington Capitals 3G, 8A, +8, 55 BKS in 24 GP

Jeff Skinner has absolutely been the strongest rookie this seaso ...

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