NHL Award Nominees Announced

May 1, 2007

The finalists for the NHL awards were announced today. Below are a list of the awards and nominees, along with who I believe the winners should be.

Hart Trophy (MVP of the Season)

Nominees: Martin Brodeur, Sidney Crosby, Roberto Luongo

My Pick: This is a hard one, as my favorite player on my favorite team is one of the nominees. Still, as much of a close race as it is, I think you have to go with Roberto Luongo in this one. The award is for the player most valuable to his own team. Crosby may be the best player in the NHL, but nobody is more valuable to his team than Luongo.


Vezina Trophy (Top Goaltender)

Nominees: Roberto Luongo, Martin Brodeur, Henrik Lundqvist, Miikka Kiprusoff

My Pick: For the first time in NHL history, there was a tie in the voting, so for this year’s Vezina there are four nominees. This is 100% between Brodeur and Luongo, and as good of a season as Brodeur had (and I wouldn’t at all be surprised if he won), you have to give the award to Roberto Luongo. He played on a weaker team, faced more shots, and he deserves this award.


Calder Trophy (Top rookie of the year)

Nominees: Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, Peter Stastny

My Pick: Evgeni Malkin was supposed to be the shoo-in for this award at the beginning of the season, but he faced some solid competition throughout the season. However, he still managed to come out as the best rookie of the year, so Evgeni Malkin gets my vote.


James Norris Trophy (Top Defenseman)

Nominees: Niklas Lidstrom, Scott Neidermayer, Chris Pronger

My Pick: If he had played the entire season, Chris Pronger would win this award. But he didn’t, so I’m going to say Niklas Lidstrom should win the Norris. He had a great season all year long, and helped the Red Wings take 1st overall in the Western Conference.


Jack Adams Award (Top Coach)

Nominees: Lindy Ruff (Buffalo), Alain Vigneault (Vancouver), Michel Therrien (Pittsburgh)

My Pick: I don’t think I’m being biased, but I’m going to say Alain Vigneault deserves this award. Lindy Ruff did an amazing job with Buffalo, but he also had a lot better players to work with. Vigneault took a team that nobody thought would make the playoffs, to a 105 point finish, and 1st in their division.


Frank J. Selke Trophy (Best Defensive forward)

Nominees: Rod Brind’Amour, Samuel Pahlsson, Jay Pandolfo

My Pick: I’m going with Samuel Pahlsson for best defensive forward. He is one of the most unheralded players in the league, and a major reason why Anaheim had such a great season.


Lester B. Pearson Award (Most outstanding player, as voted on by the players)

Nominees: Vincent Lecavalier, Roberto Luongo, Sidney Crosby

My Pick: It’s basically the same award as the Hart Trophy, except a different group of people are voting. If you take it literally and choose “the most outstanding player” from this past season, Sidney Crosby is the winner.


  1. haha i like hockey i guess haha:)

  2. I like all of your picks but I think that Luongo will win the Pearson. If you remember Naslund won it a few years ago (where is that Naslund?) and Forsberg won the rest of the awards but his peers named Naslund their MVP. I think Luongo will win this one.

  3. I really do think Crosby will win the Pearson. It’s voted by the players, as the “most outstanding” player. I believe that Crosby should, and will, win it.

    I am actually changing my opinion as to who will win the Vezina. I think Brodeur will win it, while Luongo will win the Hart.

  4. Even though you might be a Canuck homer, Luongo deserves every single award he’s nominated for this year. The only place I disagree with you is the Calder. I think Malkin’s teammate Staal should get it. He played more minutes, tougher minutes, and is an all around much better player. Goals usually takes it though – too bad.

  5. 1 Question, where is Selanne? He should win every award, including Vezina.

  6. Aren’t you missing a bunch of trophies on there dude???

  7. Well, not really. I ignored the ones that were already awarded, such as the Art Ross (Sidney Crosby), Rocket Richard (Lecavalier), etc.

  8. I think it’s Luongo all the way. Check out my reasons why: http://chrischen.ca/who-should-win-the-nhl-mvp-tonight.html

  9. u just picked everyone that was from Vancouver in each category you douche

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