The NHL Awards take place tomorrow night (Wednesday, June 20), and though Vancouver’s finest hockey club didn’t have the greatest season, a couple Canucks are nominated for prizes.
While some of the categories are hotly contested—the Hart Trophy, for instance—the ones involving Canucks are fairly straightforward.
Here’s what we think might happen to the nominated Canucks.
Brock Boeser – Calder Trophy (best rookie)
It was an incredible season from Boeser, as the rookie led the Canucks in scoring with 55 points despite missing 20 games.
He was easily Vancouver’s best and most exciting player, as well as the main reason to watch Canucks games most nights.
The shoulder injury that took him out of the team’s last stretch of games robbed Canucks fans of getting full value for their tickets, but it also more or less guaranteed that he wasn’t going to win the Calder.
It was probably already not going to happen, given the phenomenal season from Mathew Barzal of the New York Islanders.
There were a few factors that Barzal enjoyed in Long Island that weren’t available to Boeser. For instance, Barzal had the benefit of playing lesser competition behind star centre John Tavares. He also had a legitimate goal scorer on his wing in Jordan Eberle, and was among the league leaders in secondary assists.
But Barzal’s 85 points in 82 games (one more point than Tavares for the team lead) was exceptional and is hard to dismiss.
Does Boeser win?
No. Expect the Canucks sniper to come second behind Barzal but ahead of Arizona’s Clayton Keller.
Daniel and Henrik Sedin – King Clancy Memorial Trophy (humanitarian contribution)
The Sedins are up against P.K. Subban of the Nashville Predators and Jason Zucker of the Minnesota Wild for the Clancy honour, given to the player who “best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community."
Henrik already won the Clancy in 2016 for the work he and his brother have done in the community, including a $1.5 million donation to the B.C. Children’s Hospital, as well as the creation of the Sedin Family Foundation.
They’ve also helped the Canucks for Kids Fund raise $42 million since they joined the team.
Do the Sedins win?
Yes. They’ve been pillars in the community for years and though Subban and Zucker have done a lot of good as well, this is a chance for the NHL to send off two extraordinary players who also happen to be exemplary citizens.
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