The Stanley Cup has already been won and awarded to Patrick Maroon and the St. Louis Blues. Tonight, we will learn who won individual trophies for the 2018-19 regular season. Unfortunately, this year’s ceremony will not include any New Jersey Devils. No one on the 29th place team in the NHL last season was named a finalist for any of this year’s awards.
That said, it is a major ceremony and it is the last 2018-19 event of the NHL calendar. After this, it is all about next season and beyond. In a few days later, the 2019 NHL Draft will begin, pending free agents are allowed to discuss terms with other teams, the 2019-20 NHL schedule will be released, and free agency will begin in a frenzy on July 1. So why not have an open post for this final event of 2018-19?
The Time: 8:00 PM ET
The Place: Mandelay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Broadcast: TV - NBCSN and Sportsnet
The Event: The 2019 NHL Awards
The Devils: N/A.
The Host: Kenan Thompson. This will be another feather in the SNL’s star cap for the month of June. He is an executive producer of revived sketch comedy show, All That; which debuted last week. As far as whether the show will be entertaining, well, your mileage may vary.
The Finalists for Each Award: In no particular order:
Selke (Best Defensive Forward) - Patrice Bergeron, Ryan O’Reilly, Mark Stone
Lady Byng (Most Gentlemanly Player) - Aleksander Barkov, Sean Monahan, Ryan O’Reilly
Masterton (Dedication to Hockey) - Nick Foligno, Robin Lehner, Joe Thornton
Vezina (Best Goaltender): Ben Bishop, Robin Lehner, Andrei Vasilevskiy
Norris (Best Defenseman): Brent Burns, Mark Giordano, Victor Hedman
King Clancy (On/Off Ice Leadership & Humanitarian Contribution): Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Henrik Lundqvist, Jason Zucker
Messier (NHL Leadership) - Mark Giordano, Wayne Simmonds, Justin Williams
Calder (Best Rookie): Jordan Binnington, Rasmus Dahlin, Elias Pettersson
GM of the Year: Doug Armstrong, Don Sweeney, Don Waddell
Jack Adams (Coach of the Year): Craig Berube, Jon Cooper, Barry Trotz
Lindsay (NHLPA MVP): Patrick Kane, Nikita Kucherov, Connor McDavid
Hart (MVP): Sidney Crosby, Nikita Kucherov, Connor McDavid
The AAtJ Picks: The SBN NHL blogs got together and voted on six player awards: the Hart, Norris, Calder, Lady Byng, and Masterton trophies. It was an open ended vote; we did not stick with the announced finalists. However, those who won by SBN could win an actual award tonight. Some (four) of us took part. Just for kicks, here is who we picked by majority (of four, so take a grain of salt) and who won in our network vote.
Masterton - AAtJ & SBN: Lehner
Lady Byng - AAtJ & SBN: Barkov
Selke - AAtJ & SBN: Stone
Calder - AAtJ & SBN: Pettersson
Norris - AAtJ & SBN: Giordano
Hart - AATJ & SBN: Kucherov
There was no difference who the majority of us (four) picked and the larger network. Will it mean these six will actually win tonight? We shall find out.
So If No Devils Are Involved, Can We Use The Comments to Discuss Anything Devils Related?: Sure. General Manager meetings took place earlier in the day. If anything came out of that, you can discuss it too. Draft stuff? OK. Other news? You bet.
Your Time: This is the post where you can discuss the NHL Awards show - or anything else Devils related - as it happens. All rules still apply as usual. No swearing, no streams, no trolling, no beefs, and nothing inappropriate. Thank you for reading and commenting.