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Continued: NHL Insider: Selecting the regular-season award winners

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 13, 2014 - 8:55 AM

Best defensive forward, voted on by the PHWA.

You don’t get a true appreciation of Patrice Bergeron unless you watch him every day. He doesn’t have a weakness. Offensively, defensively, positionally, stick work, work ethic and faceoffs, the guy is as complete a player as there is the NHL. He was Boston’s second-leading scorer and had a plus-minus near 40.

Runners-up: Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles; Jonathan Toews, Chicago; David Backes, St. Louis; Ryan O’Reilly, Colorado.

Lady Byng Trophy

Most gentlemanly, voted on by the PHWA.

Jared Spurgeon, the Wild’s second-leading-scoring defenseman, logs 22 minutes, 41 seconds a game, leads the team with a plus-16 and has accumulated 14 penalty minutes in 66 games. He has a ridiculous 26 penalty minutes in 228 games. To play as many minutes as he does in a top-two or top-four role and rarely take obstruction penalties shows how smart and how steady he is.

Runners-up: Matt Duchene, Colorado; Patrick Kane, Chicago; Patrick Marleau, San Jose; Brian Campbell, Florida.

Vezina Trophy

Best goalie, voted on by general managers.

Semyon Varlamov turned his 11-21-3 record last season into 41-14-6 this year, breaking Patrick Roy’s Avalanche team record for victories. In a tough conference and hellacious division, he has a 2.41 goals-against average and .927 save percentage. He’s also playing behind a blue line that many feel is the team’s weakness.

Runners-up: Tuukka Rask, Boston; Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay; Carey Price, Montreal; Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus.

Jack Adams Trophy

Coach of the Year, voted on by broadcasters.

There is tons of skill. Up front, the Avs are lethal. But this is still a team that was so bad last year and had such little defensive structure that it “earned” the right to draft MacKinnnon first overall. The Avs hit the 50-win mark in a division where no one felt they would challenge Chicago or St. Louis for the Central title. Like him or not, Patrick Roy has done a heck of a job in his rookie season.

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