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2014 NHL Award Show Predictions

NHL Award Show Predictions

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With the Stanley Cup awarded to the Los Angeles Kings and the NHL season over, it is now time to focus on the NHL Awards and who will be bringing hardware back from Las Vegas. While seemingly every award is subjective, some redefined the phrase simple as there was absolutely no doubt about who the leading player in certain categories were.

Jack Adams Trophy: Patrick Roy

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Jack Adams Trophy: Patrick Roy

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Arguably the greatest goalie of all time, Roy was everything the young Avalanche needed to return to the postseason. Roy climbed the coaching ladder and made the big jump from coaching junior hockey to coaching in the NHL look easy.

Calder Trophy: Nathan MacKinnon

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Calder Trophy: Nathan MacKinnon

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Nathan MacKinnon, the kid from Sidney Crosby’s hometown, lit up the competition this year, amassing 63 points and leading the Colorado Avalanche back to the playoffs. The speed demon will surely build upon his amazing rookie season, and the Calder will only be the beginning for the teenager.

Lady Byng Trophy: Ryan O'Reilly

Ryan O'Reilly
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Lady Byng Trophy: Ryan O'Reilly

Ryan O'Reilly
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The Avalanche will clean up at the award show as O'Reilly had a whopping two penalty minutes all season. His 64 points were a career high and the best is yet to come as few players combine two-way acumen, offensive productivity and ability to stay out of the penalty box.

Vezina Trophy: Tuukka Rask

Tuukka Rask
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Vezina Trophy: Tuukka Rask

Tuukka Rask
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The Finn came up big time and again for the Bruins as he backstopped them to the league’s best record. Rask will be a first-time winner, but it’s doubtful it’ll be his last. His technically sound form is what makes him tough to beat and will help add a Vezina to his mantle.

Selke Trophy: Patrice Bergeron

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Selke Trophy: Patrice Bergeron

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Patrice Bergeon did everything for the Presidents' Trophy winning Boston Bruins. His faceoff acumen, penalty killing grit and timely offense help make Bergeron the league’s preeminent two-way center. Look for No. 37 to win his second Selke Trophy to add to his illustrious resume.

Norris Trophy: Shea Weber

Shea Weber
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Norris Trophy: Shea Weber

Shea Weber
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Weber has been snubbed in the past, but this year he will surely bring the Norris Trophy to the Music City. The former Kelowna Rocket does everything on the Predators’ blue line and is looking like he’s worth every cent of the over $ 100 million Nashville paid to retain his services in 2012.

Hart Trophy/Lindsay Award: Sidney Crosby

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Hart Trophy/Lindsay Award: Sidney Crosby

Sidney Crosby
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“Sid the Kid” played his first full season in four years and looked like the Crosby we all know, recording 104 points and becoming the lone NHL player to hit the century mark. Look for No. 87 to win the Hart for MVP voted by the writers and the Lindsay for MVP voted on the players