NHL Awards with Andrew Santangelo
Written by Pub Sports Radio on March 29, 2020
The 2019-2020 NHL is currently under suspension like many other leagues like the NBA, NHL, MLB, etc. The regular season was in the home stretch with about 10-13 games left depending on the team. It is still to be seen if the season will be finished but for now, it is on hold while the NHL has postponed its award ceremony, draft combine, draft in 2020 until further notice. Here is a list of who could have won some of the 2019-2020 NHL awards.
HART TROPHY (MVP) Leon Draisaitl- Edmonton Oilers:
Draisaitl was in the midst of a career season with Edmonton trying to help them reach the postseason for the first time since the 2016-2017 season. He has played in all 71 games to this point in the season. Draisaitl currently leads all NHL skaters in points with 110, fourth in goals with 43 and leads the league in assists with 67 on the season. While top teammate Connor McDavid might be the most recognized Oiler, Draisaitl the 1st round pick in 2014 has had the more successful season. In a six-game McDavid absence, Draisaitl led Edmonton to 3 wins and an overtime loss for points in four of the six games, attributing four goals and eight assists in those six games.
Under Consideration: Connor McDavid (EDM), Nathan MacKinnon (COL), Artemi Panarin (NYR), David Pastrnak (BOS)
Vezina Trophy (Goaltender) Tuukka Rask- Boston Bruins:
Rask has helped lead the Bruins to the most points in the NHL and is currently the only 100-point team. The Bruins goaltender has been unstoppable this season leading the NHL in GAA with 2.12. He has the second-best SV% in the league only behind Anton Khudobin of the Stars but Khudobin has played in 11 fewer games. Rask is seventh in the league in wins with 26 on the season. He has the least amount of losses in goalies that have played 40 or more games.
Under Consideration: Connor Hellebuyck(WPG), Andrei Vasilevskiy(TB), Ben Bishop(DAL), Carter Hart(PHI)
Norris Trophy (Defenseman) Roman Josi- Nashville Predators:
Josi may not be leading any of the offensive scorings for a defenseman but his combined play on the offensive and defensive end of the ice is what gives him the extra edge. Josi is currently second in points by a defender at 65 which falls 10 points behind the leader in John Carlson, defenseman for the Capitals. The big difference between the two is where they stand on preventing goals, as with 5 on 5 play Predators give up 2.08 goals per 60 minutes where the Capitals allow 3.00 per 60 with Carlson on the ice. Lastly, Josi’s WAR is 3.2 compared to 1.4 with Carlson. The other defender that Josi is competing with is Victor Hedman of the Lightning. Even though they have similar defensive numbers, Josi’s offense is what carries him to win the award.
Under Consideration: John Carlson(WSH), Victor Hedman(TB), Dougie Hamilton (CAR)
Calder Trophy (Rookie) Cale Makar- Colorado Avalanche:
The 21-year old has jumped straight into the league playing like a veteran with 50 points in 57 games. This has him second in points for rookies behind only Quinn Hughes who has 53 points on the season. Makar has played in 11 fewer games than Hughes which proves the worth of Makar a little more being right behind Hughes. Makar is sixth in goals for rookies with 12 on the season. While being up there on top of the rookies in points in how many games, the one knock would be the time he missed due to injury if the league would penalize him for that. Makar has had the best all-around season for rookies so far this season. He leads rookie defenseman with 31 even strength points on the season. Along with Hughes, Dominik Kubalik would be another name to look out for as he leads all rookies in goals with 30 and is third in the league in points with 46.
Under Consideration: Quinn Hughes(VAN), Dominik Kubalik(CHI), Denis Gurianov (DAL)