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NHL Awards: Offensive Awards

by Anthony Pucik
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Getzlaf and Crosby shine in the present, while MacKinnon shows how bright the NHL's future is.

With the NHL Awards just two days away, Anthony Pucik predicts who he thinks will win all the awards in Vegas. To conclude the series, he takes a look at who will win the NHL's top offensive honors. 

Calder Memorial Trophy

Finalists: Tyler Johnson (Tampa Bay Lightning), Ondrej Palat (Tampa Bay Lightning), Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche)

Although all three of these rookies had fantastic rookie seasons, I cannot see this award going to anyone by MacKinnon. The 18-year old lead all rookies in goals (24), assists (39), points (63) and power play goals (8). Although Johnson, who is 23, was tied with MacKinnon in goals and Palat, also 23, was only four points behind MacKinnon for the rookie league lead, I think that what MacKinnon was able to do this year was something special. And at such a young age, I can easily see MacKinnon up for the Hart Trophy in a few years if he keeps this up. All three of these players have promising futures, but it’s the Avalanche’s number one overall pick from this year’s draft that takes the Calder and showed why he deserved to be picked so high. 

Hart Memorial Trophy

Finalists: Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins), Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks), Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers)

It’s easy to say each of these teams would be much worse off without the three above players mentioned. Each of them was crucial to their team’s success this season and is without a doubt the MVP of his respective team. But the most valuable of all would have to be Sidney Crosby. Crosby found himself atop the league in points (104) and seventh in goals with 36 this season. His play helped the Penguins clinch their second straight division title, scoring at least a point in 75 percent of the games he played in. He was runner up last year, but I think this year Crosby earns his second Hart Trophy.

Ted Lindsay Award

Finalists: Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins), Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks), Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers)

The same three players that are up for the Hart are also being recognized as finalists for Most Outstanding Player in the NHL as voted on by members of the NHLPA, which makes sense because MVP candidates are certainly worthy of being recognized as the Most Outstanding Player. Because it can really be a tossup for the Hart between these three of these candidates, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Lindsay goes to someone other than Crosby, and if I had to pick between Getzlaf and Giroux I would go with Getzlaf. The Ducks captain finished second in the league in points (87) and had 1.13 points per game, which was third best in the league. He is one of the main reasons that Anaheim had so much success in the regular season, and I believe his efforts will be enough to make him the first Duck to ever win the Lindsay Award.