The NHL season could also be over however the very enjoyable and entertaining NHL awards are on Wednesday night time. Let’s run by way of the awards and talk about who ought to win.
What a season. The St. Louis Blues pulled probably the most improbably of comebacks after they went from the final place staff in January to the NHL Stanley Cup Champions in June. It’s a narrative you’ve heard a thousand instances and can hear a thousand extra.
A brand new coach, a brand new goaltender and a really catchy music propelled this staff from the underside of the barrel to the highest of the world in solely six months.
The season is over, however the enjoyable is simply starting. The NHL offseason kicks off with the NHL awards on Wednesday night, which marks our final night time of enjoyable earlier than we begin speaking about Mitch Marner’s contract all summer time.
Right here’s a preview of the awards and what to anticipate on Wednesday night time.
Frank J. Selke Trophy
We’d as properly kick this off with the Selke Trophy, which is the one trophy circuitously tied to a statistic that’s nonetheless a whole lock. Patrice Bergeron is the best defensive ahead in NHL historical past. Sooner or later sooner or later, this trophy shall be named after Bergeron.
They’ll rename it the Patrice Bergeron Trophy a number of years after he wins his ninth or 10th trophy. It’s his to lose.
At 33, Bergeron is coming off of arguably his greatest season. He had 32 objectives and 47 assists this season, hitting a career-high 79 factors. In solely 65 video games.
His 56.6 p.c faceoff win share is nice for eighth within the NHL and his 56.eight p.c Corsi score is the perfect among the many three finalists. Bergeron was constructed to win this award.
A fifth Selke Trophy win would put Patrice Bergeron one forward of Montreal Canadiens nice Bob Gainey, leaving him alone atop the defensive ahead mountain with probably the most total wins.
There’s little doubt he ultimately grabs his fifth trophy, however it could be shocking to see him not get it in considered one of his greatest seasons within the NHL.
If he doesn’t get it, both Ryan O’Reilly or Mark Stone shall be celebrating their first Selke win. Each Stone and O’Reilly had a few of their best seasons, offensively and defensively.
O’Reilly is the recent option to overthrow the king, given how properly he performed within the NHL playoffs (which doesn’t have an effect on voting) and Stone could be the primary non-center to win the award since Jere Lehtinen in 2002-03.
Prediction: Do you even should ask? (Patrice. It’s going to be Patrice).