Not much doubt about this one, if he stays healthy. He’s as fun to watch as Ovechkin, and, perhaps due to the language barrier, his mouth is less shitty than his teammate Crosby’s. Finalists: Kopitar, Stastny
Selke: Sami Pahlsson
Sami is finally getting the recognition he deserves playing on a team at or near the top of the standings, and I think he might pull this one out. He has shut down the best in the playoffs, including Sakic and Iginla. Finalists: Pandolfo, Brind’Amour.
Jack Adams: Lindy Ruff
I like to think this award goes to who does the most with the least or who does the best to turn a team around, and not just whoever happens to be sitting behind the bench of the top team. This year, two of those apply to Lindy. Finalists: Ted Nolan, Paul Maurice.
Hart Trophy: Scott Niedermayer
Scott is having a hall of fame season, but he’s likely to be overshadowed by the fact that Chris Pronger is on his team. It shouldn’t matter. Finalists: Nicklas Lidstrom, Joe Thornton.
Norris Trophy: Scott Niedermayer
Every time he is on the ice, the other team seems to lose its ability to score and the Ducks gain a chance. Finalists: Pronger, Lidstrom.
Vezina: Ryan Miller
This is a tight race. There is a lot of quality here, but I admire every cog in the Buffalo machine and their resilience and clutch play. Not only are they winning, but they are winning in ways that show me they will run away with the East. That is almost never true of the regular season champion. Finalists: Kiprusoff, Roloson.
GM of the Year: Doug Wilson
He’s not winning this award yet, but after the deadline, something tells me he will. Finalists: Brian Burke (Pronger trade), Lou Lamoriello (Cap magic).