NHL Individual Awards Predictions

Sydney Crosby and Connor McDavid stand side by side.
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At the end of every NHL season, there are awards handed out to an individual or teams  outstanding performances. These include the Vezina Trophy. Hart Memorial Trophy, and Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy. This article will show our predictions for each of the individual awards that will be handed out in Las Vegas this June.

Award List

First time winners

Past winner

Won multiple awards

Explanations

Connor McDavid is our front runner for the Hart trophy, he has played very well leading his team in points, which is also second in the entire NHL. This only being his first full NHL season as he missed half of last season with a shoulder injury.

Brent Burns skates up the ice with the puck.
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Brent Burns is one of the most respected players in the NHL which is why we picked him to win the Lady Byng. He is a highly skilled offensive defenseman ranked third in the NHL in points, which is also why we predict him winning the Ted Lindsay award.

Goaltender Devan Dubnyk was almost out of professional hockey in 2015, but has had a rebirth in Minnesota since arriving during the 2014-15 season. He just recently played in the NHL all-star game and is one of the bright spots for the Wild. He should be nominated at least for the Vezina if he doesn’t win it.

Devan Dubnyk makes an amazing save.
Original Photo by Larry Wong/Edmonton Journal/Postmedia News.

Number one overall pick in the 2016 NHL draft, Auston Matthews is having a great rookie campaign leading the young Toronto team in the Atlantic division who hold a playoff spot for now. He is the leading point scorer among rookies and should easily win the Calder.

Sidney Crosby is back on track and once again is looking like the best player in the NHL. He currently leads the NHL in goals and in points. He currently sits at 1004 career points. Picking him to win the Art Ross and “Rocket” Richard trophies was a no brainer.

Rasmus Ristolainen propels Buffalo to a win over the Islanders.
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This is a long shot in most people’s eyes, but we have picked Rasmus Ristolainen to win the Norris Trophy. He is the Sabres’ best defenseman in only his 3rd full season. He plays close to 23 minutes a game and helps quaterback the Sabres number one ranked powerplay in the league. If he doesn’t win this, he should at least be a finalist.

Jaromir Jagr is the ageless wonder of the NHL, he is 45 years old and says he could play until he’s 50. He won the Bill Masterson last year and should win it again this year.

Jaromir Jagr skates towards him team after scoring a goal.
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Mikko Koivu has been one of the better and most consistent players for the Minnesota Wild in his career with the team. He is one of the elite two-way players in the NHL and has been for the length of his career. Right now he boasts having one of the top +/- numbers in the entire league.

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