Hart Trophy, Martin St. Louis (League MVP) - Aside from the points, St. Louis is also enjoying his best +/- stat since his Hart Trophy season of 2003-04. Losing one of the top players in the game in Steven Stamkos left a lot of hockey fans and writers wonder what the Lightning would do until he returned. They are currently third in the Eastern Conference thanks in large part to goaltender Ben Bishop, but even more so to their first year Captain, Marty St. Louis.
Now, with less buildup, here are my picks for the rest of the awards handed out by the NHL:
Vezina Trophy, Ben Bishop (Top Goaltender) - First in the league in save percentage at .935%. Tied for first in the league in shutouts with four. Tied for second in the league in goals against average with 1.86. Third in the league with 22 wins. No other goalie has as comprehensive of a 2013-14 season to his credit.
Norris Trophy, Duncan Keith (Top Defenseman) - It's not just his point totals, but much like Bishop, Keith has had an all-around incredible season. His 43 points (16 from the powerplay) are joined with a +17 rating, just six penalty minutes and 115 shots. His ice-time is over 24 minutes a game and he plays all the important minutes for a powerful Blackhawks team.
Selke Trophy, Jonathan Toews (Top Defensive Forward) - Other players deserve a look here - Patrice Bergeron, Anze Kopitar, Pavel Datsyuk, John Tavares, even Antoine Vermette. Vermette leads the league in short-handed faceoffs won. The tie breaker here is that Toews finds a way to put up points and raise his overall game while going against a lot of the opposing teams best players.
Calder Trophy, Nathan MacKinnon (Rookie of the Year) - This was the closest race of them all. If Tomas Hertl had stayed healthy he may have been here. Tampa Bay's Tyler Johnson is playing big minutes and producing. Chris Kreider is finding his groove in New York and Torey Krug is showing that his playoff performance last year wasn't a fluke. Florida's Barkov has looked incredibly poised for an 18 year old and the Kings Toffoli hasn't had a minus rating for the entire season. MacKinnon gets the nod here, though, as he leads the league in rookie scoring. If he continues his recent scoring surge (8 goals in his last 10 games) he will take a stronger hold on the top rookie race.
Jack Adams Award, Bruce Boudreau (Coach of the Year) - It's not because the Ducks have the most points in the league. It's because no one expected them to have the most points in the league. Boudreau has his defensemen playing on another level this season; impressive considering the youth of Cam Fowler, Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen and the amount of production he's gotten out of veterans Francois Beauchemin, Ben Lovejoy and Bryan Allen. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry lead an impressive crop of forwards who haven't slowed their production throughout the year. All of this with the great goaltending of Jonas Hiller and up and coming backups Viktor Fasth and Frederik Andersen and this team is poised to make a serious run this year. Craig Berube deserves a lot of consideration as well for leading a struggling Flyers team that was floundering near the bottom of the league into a legitimate playoff contender.
GM of the Year, Greg Sherman - The Colorado Avalanche have gone from picking first in the last Entry Draft to sitting in the fifth spot in a competitive Western Conference with 59 points - which would be second in the East. Since he was hired in June of 2009, Sherman and his staff have drafted Matt Duchene (2009), Joey Hishon (2010), Gabriel Landeskog (2011) and Nathan MacKinnon (2013). He pulled the trigger on a deal for number one goalie Semyon Varlamov. This year we are finally seeing his solid drafting and team building come to fruition. Yes, Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic have helped speed along the process, but it was Sherman who has led the charge in laying the groundwork for the Colorado Avalanche.
** It would have been so easy to put someone from the Tampa Bay Lightning in almost every section. Coach Jon Cooper and GM Steve Yzerman could have easily found their way into their respective slots on this list. Giving every award to the Lightning just isn't going to happen at the end of the year, though. I love Tampa, but these are my best guesses. **