NHL Lester Awards

Apr 7, 2008


It’s time to hand out the NHL Awards.

Hart Trophy (MVP) – Alexander Ovechkin
Ovechkin led Washington to a 3 seed with his record-setting season.  He scored the most goals by a Left Wing ever.  His 65 goals and 112 points were both tops in the league.

Art Ross Trophy (Points Leader) – Alexander Ovechkin
This is the first of the awards that aren’t up for debate.  Ovechkin’s 112 goals topped the league.  Next on the list was Evgeni Malkin with 106.

Maurice Richard Trophy (Goals Leader) – Alexander Ovechkin
Another Ovechkin award that isn’t up for debate.  Ovechkin’s 65 goals topped everybody.  Also in the 50 goal group were Ilya Kovalchuk and Jarome Iginla.

Jack Adams Award (Coach of the Year) – Guy Carbonneau
After missing the playoffs last year with 90 points, Montreal improved by 14 points, which earned them the top seed in the East.  Detroit won the Presidents’ Trophy with the league’s best record, but they are always good. 

Calder Memorial Trophy (Rookie of the Year) – Patrick Kane
The 2007 #1 pick did not disappoint in his first season.  He led all rookies with 72 points.  He was third in goals and second in assists among rookies.  Nicklas Backstrom was a close second.

Norris Trophy (Top Defenseman) – Nicklas Lindstrom
Lindstrom led all defensemen with 70 points, 60 assists, and a +40 +/- rating.  He had the second best +/- rating in the league behind teammate Pavel Datsyuk (+41).

Vezina Trophy (Top Goalie) – Evgeni Nabokov
Evgeni won an impressive 46 games for San Jose this year.  He finished tied for third with a 2.14 Goals Against Average (GAA).  He saved 91% of the shots on net.  He also tied for third with 6 shutouts.

William H. Jennings Trophy (Lowest GAA) – Chris Osgood
The last award is not up for debate either.  Chris Osgood led all goalies with at least 25 games played with a 2.09 GAA.  Jean-Sebastien Giguere was second at 2.12.


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One Response so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry Novak
    April 7th, 2008 at 11:14 am #

    Great choices. Ovechkin put the Caps on his back.
    Here is hoping for a Caps/Penguins 2nd round matchup.
    Ovechkin vs Crosby will be one of the Biggest name matchups we have seen.
    Looking back to 1993, If the Isles didn’t knock off the Penguins we might have had Mario Lemuiex vs Gretzky in a Finals. That would have been the NHL version of Bird vs Magic.

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