For this end-of-season edition, I'll trim the top-5 plus 5 honorable mentions format to simply top-3.
- Tim Thomas--the save percentage record. Hasek won the Hart in a lower-scoring era with a lower save percentage; Thomas should get the Hart now.
- Corey Perry--possession demon he is not, but you can't ignore his 50-48-98. I thought that when Hiller went down Anaheim was done, and now they have home ice!
- Jonathan Toews--strong two-way play, ice time in all situations, and good raw totals. And my inability to pick Stamkos because of St. Louis, Daniel Sedin because of Kesler, and so forth.
- Zdeno Chara--after reviewing my shortlist, I'm finding it hard not to pick Chara. Even though he was well behind the points lead among D, he logged lots of minutes and was possibly the best even strength player of the lot
- Nicklas Lidstrom
- Lubomir Visnovsky
- Tim Thomas--lock.
- Pekka Rinne--very good numbers, would have won in another year.
- Roberto Luongo--rocketed up the standings.
- Ryan Callahan--I was torn between Callahan and Zetterberg, but Z doesn't kill penalties as much as Cally.
- Henrik Zetterberg
- Pavel Datsyuk--both studs at ES.
- John Carlson--look who else likes Carlson.
- Michael Grabner--a heavy lifter for NYI gets the nod.
- Jeff Skinner--great year from the youngest NHLer.
Jack Adams Award:
- Dan Bylsma (PIT)--how many coaches get their teams to improve in possession without their top two centers?
- Alain Vigneault (VAN)--just a great team in Vancouver.
- Todd McLellan (SJS)--his team just took off in mid-January, becoming the most dominant team in the league.
Here are my leaders by version of Awards Watch: