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NHL Trophy Power Rankings: Kane, Panarin Star

By Colin Likas
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I’m hoping this can be a bi-weekly segment here on Blackhawk Up in which we offer power rankings for some of the major regular-season awards between now and the end of the 82-game slate. These power rankings will focus on some of the awards that are up for an actual vote, not awards that are won by having the most points, goals or anything of that nature.

Here are the awards we will look at with each power rankings:

Hart Memorial Trophy: Given to the league’s regular-season MVP. The winner is selected in a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association in all NHL cities at the end of the regular season.

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Given to a player who exhibits “outstanding sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.” The winner is selected in a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association at the end of the regular season.

Vezina Trophy: Given to the league’s top goaltender. Voted by the NHL’s general managers.

Calder Memorial Trophy: Given to the league’s top rookie. The winner is selected in a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association at the end of the regular season.

Norris Memorial Trophy: Given to the league’s top defenseman. The winner is selected in a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association at the end of the regular season.

Jack Adams Award: Given to the head coach most responsible for his team’s success. The winner is selected in a poll among members of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association at the end of the regular season.

Frank J. Selke Trophy: Given to the forward who best excels at the game’s defensive aspects. The winner is selected in a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association at the end of the regular season.

We won’t touch on the Bill Masterson Award — given to “the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey” — or the King Clancy Memorial Trophy — given to the player who “best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.” There’s too much off-ice material to dig through there in order to put together strong weekly power rankings for those two awards. Nor will we touch the Ted Lindsay Award, given to the league’s “most outstanding player,” as that throne is just too vague for me to effectively tackle every two weeks.

With that’s let’s get started with our first regular-season trophy bi-weekly power rankings.

Next: Hart Trophy Power Rankings

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