This year’s Toronto Maple Leafs award ceremony will only consist of six awards. These awards are purely chosen by me, under my discretion based on the performance of our Maple Leafs for the 2011/12 season.
Most Valuable Leaf (MVL) – Phil Kessel
Phil Kessel had a career year with 37 goals and 45 assist, though you have to give props to his new line mate Joffrey Lupul. This pairing was one of the league best dynamic duos for most of the season. Our hopes are that these two individuals can continue their success together in the 2012/13 season.
The Bud Stopper (For Best Goalie) – James Reimer
As for this award, I really did not want to award it to anyone because I did not feel that the three goalies who did start games for the Toronto Maple Leafs this season deserve the award; but i will give it to Reimer anyways. All I want from Reimer in the up-coming season is two things; first thing is stay healthy, second thing is improve on his 3.10 goals against average and .900 save percentage.
Tim Horton’s Award (For Best Defensemen) – Dion Phaneuf
Why Phaneuf receives this award is because he played all 82 games, so our captain was certainly a work horse. Plus Phaneuf improved his numbers from 30 points in the 2010/11 season to 44 points in the 2011/12 season. Phaneuf was all third on the time in power play goals.
Rookie of the Year Award – Jake Gardiner
The unanimous decision for Rookie of the Year goes to Jake Gardiner for obvious reasons. I can remember at the start of this last season when pretty much all media sources was saying expect Gardiner to stay with the Toronto Marlies this season, with a chance of some NHL games throughout the year.
Most Improved Player (MIP) – Joffrey Lupul
Joffrey Lupul has to be the Toronto Maple Leafs most improved player by a long shot. From his 31 point performance in 2010/11 season between the Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs, to being able to step up his game on the first line with Kessel and record 67 points. Lupul was also able to stay relatively healthy this season by playing 66 games.
Unsung Hero Award – Luke Schenn
This award goes to the player who recorded the most hits and block shots in a combined effort in order in win this award. Schenn registered a team leading 270 hits this season, while blocking 115 shots which is good for third on the team.
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