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Look for defenseman Drew Doughty, front right, and the Los Angeles Kings to make a big splash in the NHL this season.

Paul Sakuma, ASSOCIATED PRESS

NHL 2011-12 preview: Russo's predictions

  • Article by: Michael Russo
  • October 5, 2011 - 7:58 PM

A look at award winners from 2010-11 and Michael Russo's predictions for 2011-12:

HART TROPHY (MVP)

2010-11: Corey Perry, Anaheim

Russo's pick: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay

NORRIS TROPHY (OUTSTANDING DEFENSEMAN)

2010-11: Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit

Russo's pick: Drew Doughty, Los Angeles

VEZINA TROPHY (OUTSTANDING GOALTENDER)

2010-11: Tim Thomas, Boston

Russo's pick: Tim Thomas, Boston

CALDER TROPHY (ROOKIE OF THE YEAR)

2010-11: Jeff Skinner, Carolina

Russo's pick: Matt Read, Philadelphia

LADY BYNG TROPHY (MOST GENTLEMANLY)

2010-11: Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay

Russo's pick: Brad Richards, N.Y. Rangers

SELKE TROPHY (BEST DEFENSIVE FORWARD)

2010-11: Ryan Kesler, Vancouver

Russo's pick: Mike Richards, Los Angeles

JACK ADAMS AWARD (COACH OF THE YEAR)

2010-11: Dan Bylsma, Pittsburgh

Russo's pick: Terry Murray, Los Angeles

ART ROSS TROPHY (TOP POINT-GETTER)

2010-11: Daniel Sedin, Vancouver

Russo's pick: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh

MAURICE RICHARD TROPHY (TOP GOAL-SCORER)

2010-11: Corey Perry, Anaheim

Russo's pick: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay

RUSSO PICKS THE PLAYOFFS

Eastern Conference champion: Tampa Bay

Western Conference champion: Los Angeles

Stanley Cup champion: Los Angeles

(Who was the only beat writer in the league to nail a Boston-Vancouver final last year? You got it. So bank this one: Kings in six.)

Conn Smythe Trophy (Playoff MVP):

Drew Doughty, D, Kings

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