Monday, November 7, 2011

Awards Watch: November

The absence of #fancystats in this post is because, well, Corsi isn't very useful until we start approaching the midway point.


  1. Nikolai Khabibulin: has allowed 8 goals in 8 games. Edmonton can't score, but they're still one point out of the league lead thanks to hot goaltending.
  2. Phil Kessel: leader in points, goals, plus-minus. He's been on fire.
  3. Jonathon Quick: see Khabibulin. It's just that the Oilers are four points ahead of the Kings, and Quick's stats are slightly worse.
  4. Claude Giroux: I thought Giroux would struggle a bit without Carter, but with Jagr and van Riemsdyk by his side, he seems to have actually gotten better.
  5. Marc-Andre Bergeron: Tampa is not playing good D, but they are scoring, thanks in large part to Bergeron, who leads all D in even-strength points and total points. Yes, he's logging only limited minutes, but he's been very productive in those minutes.
  1. Marc-Andre Bergeron: not going to be inconsistent here. MAB's been fantastic offensively and thankfully, for his sake, hasn't needed to play much D yet.
  2. Kris Letang: been logging over 26 minutes per game and top 5 in D scoring. If Weber doesn't win the Norris this year, it's gonna be Letang.
  3. Dion Phaneuf: seems to have taken a big step forward. Playing big, hard minutes, and successful.
  4. Dennis Wideman: this pick you'll really only understand if you watch the Caps a lot. He brings a different dimension to each facet of the game than what the Caps get from Green and what the Caps have gotten from Carlson this season (he seems "off"). Strong point totals as well.
  5. Nicklas Lidstrom: may as well. Tough to really get a grasp on the Norris race at this point.
  1. Nikolai Khabibulin: 1 GA per game. Edmonton allows plenty of shots, NK stops 'em.
  2. Jonathon Quick: similar to Khabibulin
  3. Kari Lehtonen: I don't think Dallas really deserves to be leading the West
  4. Pekka Rinne: three shutouts already?
  5. Marc-Andre Fleury: no stinkers yet.
Selke: some top penalty killers and great Corsis with high quality of competition ratings. Tough tot tell at this point.
  1. Marian Hossa
  2. Mike Richards
  3. Frans Nielsen
  4. Jonathan Toews
  5. Radim Vrbata
  1. Adam Larsson: already the leader of an underrated Devils defense corps.
  2. Sean Couturier: the only guy that might be trusted more, defensively, than Larsson.
  3. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: lighting it up, even if just at home.
  4. Luke Adam: nearly the scorer Nugent-Hopkins is.
  5. Gabriel Landeskog: a nice two-way forward already. Admittedly more based on observation than stats, here.
Jack Adams:
  1. Glen Gulutzan: the Stars may actually be better this season than last.
  2. Paul Maclean: Ottawa is playing surprisingly good hockey all-around.
  3. Tom Renney: don't look now, but the Oilers are just out of the NHL lead in points. He's paying more attention to line matching and such, and it's paying off.
  4. Ron Wilson: wasn't Toronto supposed to be terrible?
  5. Dan Bylsma: he's made us forget about Sidney Crosby.

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