Aside from Cuba Gooding Jr. spicing up the proceedings with his spirited cameo during the NHL Awards Show on Tuesday night, the event went about how you would have expected. Sidney Crosby took home the Hart. Duncan Keith the Norris. Nathan MacKinnon was rightly crowned Rookie of the Year, and Tuukka Rask earned the Vezina.
In today's post, I'm joined by my colleague Corey Pronman. In the spirit of full disclosure, our entire PHWA ballots for this year are below. And in the spirit of projection, which we love to do in this blog, here’s an early look at how my 2015 ballot might look.
To the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team
Craig's five selections:
1. Sidney Crosby, Penguins
2. Semyon Varlamov, Avalanche
3. Ryan Getzlaf, Ducks
4. Patrice Bergeron, Bruins
5. Claude Giroux, Flyers
The thought process: After spending hours last year settling on Alex Ovechkin over Jonathan Toews and John Tavares, this one was a no-brainer. Crosby put up 104 points, the only NHL player to crack 100 this season. He was the only NHL player to crack 90. Dan Bylsma also leaned heavily on him in tough defensive matchups because of the injuries and lack of depth up front for the Penguins.