Predictions for 2013 NHL Awards Winners
Hart (MVP) – Alex Ovechkin. I think the runner up should be John Tavares. The Islanders don’t make the playoffs without him, but he finished 17th in the league in scoring while Ovechkin finished 3rd while leading the league in goals. Crosby wins it if he stays healthy all year.
Lady Byng (Sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct) – Patrick Kane. This is an odd pick and I don’t know who the finalists will be, but Kane finished 5th in the league in scoring with just 8 penalty minutes.
Vezina (best goaltender) – My pick is Bobrovsky, but I think Niemi will be a close second in the voting.
Calder (best rookie) – Jonathan Huberdeau. This kid tied for the rookie scoring lead with 31 points and logged the most ice time out of any rookie forward, similar to what last year’s winner, Gabriel Landeskog did.
Norris (best defenseman) – This is tough to choose, since 2 of the 3 finalists, Letang and Subban, missed time this season. I think the other candidate, Ryan Suter, should win the award based on consistency, point-scoring, and because he’s the most valuable to his team out of all three players. Suter is the only all-star caliber/scoring defenseman on his team, unlike Subban who has Andrei Markov and Letang who has Paul Martin. He also averaged the most time on ice out of all three by two minutes.
Jack Adams (best coach) – Paul MacLean has to almost unanimously win this award. He took a depleted Ottawa team that had its starting goaltender, best defenseman, and best forward out of the lineup for an extended period of time and turned it into a playoff team that is most likely going to advance to the second round of the playoffs. It’s a no brainer for me.
Selke (best defensive forward) – Chris Kunitz. The player who wins this award usually has one of the top plus minuses in the league, which Kunitz is (second with a +30 rating). He also finished seventh in the league in scoring and plays penalty kill consistently.