As predicted, Carey Price was the big winner at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas. The Canadiens netminder swept the Hart and Vezina taking home the prestigious league MVP and top goalie. He also won the Ted Lindsay Award as voted on by the players for Most Outstanding Player and was the recipient of the Jennings Trophy for fewest goals allowed in the regular season. Price made history becoming the first goalie to sweep all four awards.
He easily outdistanced runner-up Alex Ovechkin for the Hart garnering 139 of 157 first place votes to outpoint Ovechkin 1498 to 888. Islanders center John Tavares was third with 739. Ovechkin received eight first place votes while Devan Dubnyk got six and Tavares had four. Dubnyk came in fourth and Sidney Crosby finished fifth ahead of Ryan Getzlaf and Rick Nash.
In winning the Hart, Price became the first netminder to take home league MVP since Montreal’s Jose Theodore in 2002 when he swept both MVP and Vezina. Price is the seventh goalie to win the Hart joining Theodore, Dominik Hasek, Jacques Plante, Al Rollins, Chuck Raynor and Ray Worters.
Erik Karlsson won his second Norris for league’s best defenseman beating out Drew Doughty and P.K. Subban. Doughty actually received more first place votes (53) to Karlsson’s 44 but the Ottawa blueliner had a combined 15 more votes for second and third to outpoint Doughty 964-889. Subban finished third with 801. Shea Weber, Roman Josi and Mark Giordano rounded out the top six. Duncan Keith was seventh and Kris Letang eighth while Ryan McDonagh finished 11th and Anton Stralman 13th. Curiously, Victor Hedman received no votes.
In a very close vote, Aaron Ekblad edged out Mark Stone and Johnny Gaudreau to win the Calder as the league’s top rookie. The 2014 first overall pick came within two points (39) of Bobby Orr’s old mark for most points (41) by a 18-year old defenseman at the start of a season. The Panthers defenseman finished with 71 first place votes to Stone’s 47 and Gaudreau’s 33. Ekblad received 1147 points while Stone had 1078 and Gaudreau 1026. Filip Forsberg, John Klingberg and Mike Hoffman rounded out the top six with Rangers forward Kevin Hayes finishing seventh and Isles’ rookie Anders Lee was ninth.
Patrice Bergeron took home his third Selke for league’s best defensive forward edging Jonathan Toews 1083 to 1051. His 75 first place votes were 24 more than Toews. Anze Kopitar was a distant third with David Backes a point behind for fourth. Pavel Datsyuk was fifth. Rick Nash finished 16th.
Bob Hartley won the Jack Adams for top coach beating out Alain Vigneault and Peter Laviolette. Hartley won handily with 37 first place votes to Vigneault’s 14 with Laviolette receiving six while Paul Maurice got six to finish fourth. Hartley scored 237 points to Vigneault’s 121. Barry Trotz was sixth and Mike Babcock seventh.
Steve Yzerman took home top General Manager honors outpointing Glen Sather 80-49. Bob Murray was third. Islanders GM Garth Snow finished fifth.
Other awards handed out included Jiri Hudler winning the Lady Byng, Jamie Benn receiving the Art Ross, Ovechkin getting the Maurice Richard, Henrik Zetterberg receiving the King Clancy and Toews presented with the Mark Messier Leadership Award. Dubnyk took home the Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance edging Andrew Hammond and Kris Letang. Personally, I would’ve given it to Letang for what he overcame. He came back from a stroke and probably would’ve won the Norris if he didn’t get hurt. Brent Burns was presented with the NHL Foundation Player Award for outstanding charitable and community work. Well done.
Here are the All-Star Teams and All-Rookie Teams.
2014-15 1st All-Stars
G Carey Price
D Erik Karlsson
D P.K. Subban
C John Tavares
RW Jakub Voracek
LW Alex Ovechkin
NHL 2nd All-Stars
G Devan Dubnyk
D Drew Doughty
D Shea Weber
C Sidney Crosby
RW Vladimir Tarasenko
LW Jamie Benn
The voting for this is odd. Tyler Johnson had 8 total votes and was ninth at center behind Bergeron, Toews and one-dimensional Tyler Seguin. Rick Nash was third behind Benn on left wing. Justified. Corey Perry was ninth at right wing behind Jiri Hudler, Nick Foligno and Radim Vrbata. Huh? In another oddity, Hedman didn’t get one single vote. But Marc Staal got a vote and so did Tyson Barrie. Are the people that vote blind?
G Jake Allen
D Aaron Ekblad
D John Klingberg
F Filip Forsberg
F Johnny Gaudreau
F Mark Stone
If there were a 2nd All-Rookie Team, it would look like this.
G Andrew Hammond
D Matt Dumba
D Damon Severson
F Mike Hoffman
F Kevin Hayes
F Anders Lee
Honorable Mentions-Evgeny Kuznetsov, Bo Horvat, Riley Sheahan, Andrew Hutchinson, Melker Karlsson, Adam Lowry, Josh Jooris