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My full ballot for NHL trophies/all-star teams

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

With the NHL giving out its awards tonight at 7, here, as always, is my full ballot for all trophies and all-star teams for which I was entrusted with a vote by the Professional Hockey Writers Association …

HART TROPHY

1. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh
2. Patrick Kane, Chicago
3. John Tavares, N.Y. Islanders
4. Alexander Ovechkin, Washington
5. Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus

NORRIS TROPHY

1. P.K. Subban, Montreal
2. Francois Beauchemin, Anaheim
3. Kris Letang, Pittsburgh
4. Zdeno Chara, Boston
5. Ryan Suter, Minnesota

CALDER TROPHY

1. Brendan Gallagher, Montreal
2. Nail Yakupov, Edmonton
3. Jake Muzzin, Los Angeles
4. Brandon Saad, Chicago
5. Jonathan Huberdeau, Florida

LADY BYNG TROPHY

1. Patrick Kane, Chicago
2. Matt Moulson, N.Y. Islanders
3. Logan Couture, San Jose
4. Kris Letang, Pittsburgh
5. Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay

SELKE TROPHY

1. Patrice Bergeron, Boston
2. Jonathan Toews, Chicago
3. Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit
4. Pascal Dupuis, Pittsburgh
5. Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles

NHL ALL-STAR TEAM

CENTER

1. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh
2. Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay
3. John Tavares, N.Y. Islanders

RIGHT WING

1. Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay
2. Patrick Kane, Chicago
3. Pascal Dupuis, Pittsburgh

LEFT WING

1. Alexander Ovechkin, Washington
2. Chris Kunitz, Pittsburgh
3. Andrew Ladd, Winnipeg

DEFENSE

1. P.K. Subban, Montreal
2. Francois Beauchemin, Anaheim
3. Kris Letang, Pittsburgh
4. Zdeno Chara, Boston
5. Ryan Suter, Minnesota
6. Jason Garrison, Vancouver

GOALTENDER

1. Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus
2. Craig Anderson, Ottawa
3. Antti Niemi, San Jose

NHL ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

FORWARD

1. Brendan Gallagher, Montreal
2. Nail Yakupov, Edmonton
3. Brandon Saad, Chicago

DEFENSE

1. Jake Muzzin, Los Angeles
2. Justin Schultz, Edmonton

GOALTENDER

1. Jacob Markstrom, Florida

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and more, including his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the top four columnists in the country -- highest circulation category -- by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the top three columnists in the country by the National Headliners Awards. For 2013, he was named top columnist in the state by the Keystone Awards and second-place by the Pennsylvania AP Managing Editors.

18 Comments

  1. How do you decide who to vote for the Lady Byng… there could be 50 guys league wide who fit the award description

    • Official description is: “player judged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.”

      So basically, it’s whoever puts up the most points, who is also a pretty nice guy.

  2. Entrusted?

    Don’t drop it.

  3. I wonder how many ballots have Ovie fourth in the Hart?

  4. Sid played 3/4 of the games. I couldn’t vote for him.

  5. Thank you for entrusting me with it

  6. Dejan, what was your rationale for selecting Crosby for the Hart?

    I’ll hang up and listen.

  7. Pretty good.
    I like Beauch for 2nd in Norris.

  8. Ovechkin beats Crosby.

    Once again. Jinxacevic.

  9. Crosby missed the last 1/4 of the season.
    Ovechkin missed the first 1/3 of the season (disappearing act).

    So, the pouty, sulking star turns it on the last part of the season, and gets the award.
    Garage League.

  10. This opinion might not be popular, but I agree with the winner. Ovechkin got hot and carried the team into the playoffs. Without him they probably don’t even make it. Sid missed last 1/4 of season and the team didn’t miss a beat. Pens were a good team overall.

    Kevin

    • Agreed on that. I could also have seen Tavares getting it as he did a lot of the heavy lifting to get the Isles in as well. If Crosby doesn’t get hurt and puts up points at that same pace though, I think he would (and should) get it. He was basically lapping the field in points.

    • Agreed.

      I’ll add this: if not for the Hart being an award reserved exclusively for skaters, Sergei Bobrovsky is the winner. When it comes to meeting the stated criteria for the award, his resume might be the strongest of them all.

      There’s no way the Blue Jackets come anywhere close to sniffing a playoff spot without him.

  11. Wow. Server must be having issues. I made the above post at 12:34 EDT, and it has it at 8:34……

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