* Oprah voice * You will receive a trophy! You get a trophy! And you get a trophy!
That is correct. Christmas may be in the back view, but we're still in a generous mood. We distribute 31 badges and medals, ribbons and trophies in our NHL Power Rankings: Midseason Awards Edition .
According to tradition, all teams are sorted in descending order according to the current impressiveness.
However, the write-ups include details of the personalized award given to each hockey club (or club member) at a semi-formal banquet held Thursday morning in an unnamed city legion hosted by Mickey Gervais. (Ricky was busy.)
1. Washington Capitals
Most fascinating backup goalie. Rookie Ilya Samsonov is a brilliant 12: 2: 1 with a saving of 0.921. He was perfect on the street (8-0-0) and gradually built up a case where the capitals could survive if they didn't sign Braden Holtby again.
2. St. Louis Blues
Best championship hangover cure. Just keep winning what the blues did better in one clip than any other team in the west (.686). This despite the loss of its most dynamic sniper, Vladimir Tarasenko, right at the gates; attract a captain who plays in an uncertain future; and played more hockey than anyone else last season.
3. Tampa Bay Lightning
Sleeping Giant Award. A fight start and an easy schedule made people forget the Bolts as if they had forgotten Dre. Big mistake. The Lightning are now sixth in percentage points, fourth in goal difference and their goalkeeper was just fine. Warning, Boston and Toronto: get nervous.
4. Pittsburgh Penguins
Most Resilient Award. Considering the color scheme and the persistence of the penguins, they are the DeWalt of the ice hockey teams. Despite the blows they can handle – Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang, Patric Hornqvist, Justin Schultz, Nick Bjugstad and Brian Dumoulin all missed a lot of time – they continue to drill everything on their way.
5. Toronto Maple Leafs
Most headlines (repeat master). Never a boring moment in the center of the hockey universe. A dramatic change of coaches, a series of injuries, some drastic hot and cold stripes, a chase with 50 goals and highlight hits for and against fans and the media were plenty to chew on. Feels like Auston Matthews & # 39; little lawsuit and Mitch Marner's contract dispute 12 years ago.
6. Colorado Avalanche
Medium-term Calder Trophy. To 21-year-old defender Cale Makar, who worked almost playfully while playing in big minutes and an ice-swept approach to a critical position.
7. Boston Bruins
Sharpshooter Award. David Pastrnak, who leads the Rocket Richard Trophy race (32 goals) despite seeing less ice age than the rest of the NHL's top eight goalscorers.
8. Vegas Golden Knights
Thief in the (K) Night Trophy. To Mark Stone, who ran away with most of the league players (60).
9. Dallas Stars
Tandem trophy. Despite a terrible start, the stars are the stingiest hockey club in the NHL, thanks in large part to a last line of defense – goalkeeper Ben Bishop and Anton Khudobin – who bump into each other and do their magic smoothly.
10. New York Islanders
Low-Event Hockey Award. It's incredible that the islanders in the Metropolitan rose to be a competitor when they fired the second-last shots (29.1 per game) and scored the bottom 10 goals.
11. Winnipeg Jets
Blue Line Perseverance Plaque. The ability of the jets not only to remain on the hunt in the first half, but to look deadly at times, is remarkable given the litany of injuries and departures that have devastated their rear end.
12. Vancouver Canucks
Team that you least want to bet on. The very entertaining Canucks are wildly inconsistent, ride long series of victories and also dive for routes. You could outstrip the Pacific or miss the postseason again. It is everyone's guess and nobody is safe on the money line.
13. Carolina Hurricanes
The Ingenuity Medal of Honor. Andrei Svechnikov, who broke the NHL lacrosse gate barrier, did it again.
14. Arizona Coyotes
Mortgage the Future Award (awarded by Jarmo Kekalainen). The coyotes courageously stepped out of the closet to secure the largest price in the trading period more than two months before the deadline. If Taylor Hall can help restore hockey revenue to Glendale in April, it's worth it.
15. Florida Panthers
Superstar Nobody Talks About Award. Jonathan Huberdeau quietly surpassing Patrick Kane, Jack Eichel, Auston Matthews, Nikita Kucherov and Alex Ovechkin.
16. Edmonton Oilers
The goal that is worth waiting for. To Connor McDavid, who waited five seasons for his first NHL goal in his hometown, but made sure it was unforgettable.
WHAT A MOVEMENT. WHAT A GOAL.
New Year, the same Connor McDavid. pic.twitter.com/mwNERgAx0X
– Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) January 7, 2020
17th Philadelphia Flyers
Oskar Strong Price. We're moving for you, Mr. Lindblom.
18. Calgary Flames
Best performance in a drama. For David Rittich, Flames' new number 1 goalkeeper, who keeps the club going with controversies, trade rumors, inconsistencies and one of the most serious setbacks in running support we can remember.
19. Nashville Predators
sacrificial lamb price. To the recently deceased Peter Laviolette, who received his running papers after receiving no average goalkeeping effort or remarkable offensive performance from the pred's well-compensated strikers. (We're not looking at you, Calle Jarnkrok and Nick Bonino.) You can run a franchise to one of the deepest playoffs ever, but if your message doesn't produce any results …
20. Columbus Blue Jackets
Fan Initiative of the Year. Amanda Myers, who raised over $ 10,800 to pay coach John Tortorella's $ 20,000 fine for demanding poor watch management in the event of a loss.
21. Minnesota Wild
Deny the tank price. Even though it is in the wilderness long-term interest to follow the Detroit model, Bruce Boudreau's bunch cannot help but try to win hockey games and fight hard for the bladder.
22. Chicago Blackhawks
Award "Where are you going from here?" Chicago's crumbling dynasty is almost as fascinating as its rise. Do you think Corey Crawford or Robin Lehner? How will you gracefully break away from the Brent Seabrook contract? Do some of the icons – Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith – end their careers in another sweater?
23. Buffalo Sabers
Speaker of the Winter. To the new Sabers trainer Ralph Krueger, whose press conferences become eloquence exercises and who is the last to throw a player under the bus.
24. New York Rangers
Premium Trade Bait Award. Chris Kreider, a pending UFA whose hard-boiled game would be on the rise in April and is likely to be the most sought-after loan on the market next month.
25. Montreal Canadiens
Price for spaghetti on the wall. GM Marc Bergevin and coach Claude Julien, who continue to spend an $ 700,000 Ilya Kovalchuk (check), hoping that this season he can save everything by holding on and praying.
26. San Jose Sharks
Head-Scratching Stat Award. The San Jose Sharks somehow found a way to easily lead the league in terms of penalties (88.5) while still overall scoring more goals than anyone else in the West.
27. Anaheim Ducks
Cannot buy a Goal Award. When you combine the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons, no player had more difficulty putting the biscuit in the basket than the once powerful ducks, who have averaged just 2.44 goals per game over the past 18 months. Poor John Gibson.
28. Los Angeles Kings
Geographic Rivalry of the Year: Drew Doughty vs. Western Canada (but Edmonton, you are cool).
"I like coming to Edmonton because it's a good game against these two boys."
“Calgary is different. To be honest, I don't care to speak to their media or to be there at all. But I'm sure I would like to win there. "
-Doughty aamulla (kunpa kaikki puhuisivat noin suoraan)
– Jouni Nieminen (@OnsideWithJouni) December 7, 2019
29. Senators from Ottawa
Comeback player of the year. Anthony Duclair, who jumped off a respected coach (John Tortorella), wondered if he was NHL-worthy for a hard-earned all-star game invitation.
30. New Jersey Devils
Maybe it wasn't the coaching award. The New Jersey Devils have lost another 10 games since firing John Hynes last month. In the meantime, Hynes was brought back from Nashville.
31. Detroit Red Wings
Cringey PR Move Award. To Dylan Larkin. Hey, we love each other as D-Boss, but publicly avoiding the All Star game and saying you'd rather have days off when you're only there once (2016) is not a good look.