NHL Awards 2014: The Injustices

Many of the awards handed out tonight came complete with a full list of candidates. For these awards, I'll look at which candidates were overrated, underrated, and downright snubbed.

Hart Trophy:

Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th)
1. Sidney Crosby, PIT 1341 (128-8-1-0-0)
2. Ryan Getzlaf, ANA 877 (5-96-28-5-0)
3. Claude Giroux, PHI 435 (2-15-42-27-19)
4. Semyon Varlamov, COL 256 (1-8-23-22-9)
5. Patrice Bergeron, BOS 137 (0-4-9-17-13)
6. Tyler Seguin, DAL 84 (0-1-6-12-11)
7. Joe Pavelski, SJ 71 (0-0-3-11-23)
8. Anze Kopitar, LA 58 (0-0-4-9-11)
9. Jonathan Toews, CHI 53 (0-2-4-4-7)
10. Ben Bishop, TB 52 (0-0-5-6-9)

Overrated: Tyler Seguin

Seguin actually had an excellent season, finishing 4th in total points. Most players on this list belong here, so Seguin's selection is more of a compliment to them than a slight to him. With that being said, Dallas' offensive success was equally due to Seguin and Benn (Although both had major PP struggles at times), and their overall team success lied most heavily on Kari Lehtonen.

Underrated: Ben Bishop

Bishop had some help from a strong cast of young forwards in front of him, but with Anders Lindback behind him, he was forced to have a big season to land the #2 spot in the Atlantic division. Candidates 5-9 were all just pieces of teams that had plenty of guys to complement them sufficiently.

Snub: Alex Ovechkin

Was he lazy at times? Yeah. Did his team underachieve? Definitely. Even though the Caps finished 9th in the conference, this season could have been much worse. It wasn't like the Richard winner was scoring useless goals. On many occasions, he found the back of the net late to force overtime or win. For his ability to score when his team needed it most, Ovi deserved to be in the top 10.

Vezina Award:

Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd)

1. Tuukka Rask, BOS 103 (16-6-5)
2. Semyon Varlamov, COL 90 (9-13-6)
3. Ben Bishop, TB 32 (1-6-9)
4. Carey Price, MTL 26 (2-3-7)
5. Jonathan Quick, LA 9 (1-1-1)
6. Henrik Lundqvist, NYR 5 (1-0-0)
7. Steve Mason, PHI 3 (0-1-0)
8. Sergei Bobrovsky, CBJ 1 (0-0-1)
Kari Lehtonen, DAL 1 (0-0-1)

Overrated: Jonathan Quick

The fact that Mason and Bobrovsky on got 1 vote keeps them form this "honor". Statistically, Quick was unable to stand out from his backups, and when he was actually playing, he didn't do much to put additional points on the board over an average replacement.

Underrated: Kari Lehtonen

Lehtonen, on the other hand, stood out as far superior to his back ups and was the most important player on the ice for the Stars this season. Lehtonen deserved far more than a single 3rd place votes for his efforts. Since this is a Penguins board it's not very clear to you guys, but I hold Lehtonen in the same regard I hold Fleury.

Snub: Marc Andre Fleury

You don't have to agree with me that he deserved to be in the Top 3 (if not #1), but after having a noticeable impact on the standings, Fleury deserved to finish above the likes of Mason, Quick, and Bobrovsky at the very least. For those of you who don't want to hear about Fleury, Jonathan Bernier was also snubbed.

GM of the Year:

Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd)
1. Bob Murray, ANA 66 (9-6-3)
2. Marc Bergevin, MTL 49 (7-4-2)
3. Dean Lombardi, LA 33 (3-4-6)
4. Stan Bowman, CHI 29 (3-4-2)
5. Jim Nill, DAL 27 (4-0-7)
6. Peter Chiarelli, BOS 23 (2-3-4)
7. Chuck Fletcher, MIN 21 (2-3-2)
8. Steve Yzerman, TB 19 (2-2-3)
9. Ken Holland, DET 14 (1-3-0)
10. Greg Sherman, COL 10 (2-0-0)
11. Glen Sather, NYR 9 (0-2-3)
12. Jarmo Kekalainen, CBJ 8 (0-2-2)
13. Doug Armstrong, STL 6 (0-2-0)
14. Dale Tallon, FLA 1 (0-0-1)

Overrated: Jim Nill

Bringing in Seguin and drafting Val weren't bad moves at all, but as it stands, it seems as though the Seguin trade may actually just be an even trade (Erikson and Smith help Boston's depth). Dallas was fortunate to slip into the 8 spot after Mike Smith's leg injury led to an epic collapse in the desert. Finishing a couple of spots higher than last year shouldn't be enough to spring Nill into the top 5. Marc Bergevin also deserves consideration for this "award".

Underrated: Glen Sather

Marc Bergevin has become a candidate for this award largely due to his ability to bring in a coach who has gotten more out of his players than the previous regime. After bringing in AV and finally starting to see some production out of the Ranger's many skilled forwards, Sather managed to rid himself of Taylor Pyatt and bring in Martin St. Louis for his money hungry captain.

Snub: Ray Shero

The fact that nearly half the league is on this list, while last season's GM of the year isn't brings my attention to him. Turning Tyler Kennedy's rights into the top goalie in the WHL, as well as bringing in strong depth forwards in Lee Stempniak and Marcel Goc at a manageable cost should be enough to land him a spot on the same list that Dale Tallon snuck on to.

Lady Byng Trophy:

Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th)

1. Ryan O’Reilly, COL 1181 (110-5-8-1-3)
2. Martin St. Louis, NYR 358 (4-20-27-11-10)
3. Patrick Marleau, SJ 323 (3-15-23-21-10)
4. Tyler Seguin, DAL 289 (2-23-15-7-12)
5. Frans Nielsen, NYI 182 (1-15-6-9-10)
6. Marcus Johansson, WSH 128 (1-7-7-9-7)
7. Teemu Selanne, ANA 115 (5-4-4-4-5)
8. Matt Duchene, COL 104 (1-3-8-9-6)
9. Daniel Alfredsson, DET 97 (1-5-6-6-4)
10. Anze Kopitar, LA 61 (2-4-1-2-2)

Overrated: Tyler Seguin

Seguin picked up 18 PIM in a cleanly played season, but suprisingly finished ahead of others with no more than 18 PIM despite his reputation for diving in Boston and being undisciplined outside of the rink.

Underrated: Marcus Johansson

4 PIM in 80 games. Although not quite as impressive as O'Rielly, he certainly deserved to be looked at in the top 3.

Snub: Patrick Kane

With fewer penalty minutes than Kopitar and a much more impressive impact on the scoreboard, Kane deserved to be on this list. Maligned defenseman Rob Scuderi's 2 PIM in 50+ games also deserves consideration.

Jack Adams Award:

Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd)
1. Patrick Roy, COL 399 (68-19-2)
2. Mike Babcock, DET 163 (11-31-15)
3. Jon Cooper, TB 136 (5-29-24)
4. Claude Julien, BOS 68 (6-8-14)
5. Bruce Boudreau, ANA 24 (1-4-7)
6. Craig Berube, PHI 23 (1-4-6)
7. Ken Hitchcock, STL 14 (2-0-4)
8. Todd Richards, CBJ 6 (0-0-6)
9. Joel Quenneville, CHI 5 (1-0-0)
10. Lindy Ruff, DAL 5 (0-0-5)
11. Dan Bylsma, PIT 4 (0-0-4)
Todd McLellan, SJ 4 (0-0-4)
13. Mike Yeo, MIN 2 (0-0-2)
14. Michel Therrien, MTL 1 (0-0-1)
Barry Trotz, NSH 1 (0-0-1)

Overrated: Craig Berube

After Peter Laviollete's poor start, Berube stepped in and little changed. Finally, after 10 games, the Flyers began to play like they had in 2012, and ended the season in the 3rd spot in the Metropolitan division. Maybe Laviolette would have done as well had he not been fired, maybe not. Regardless, finishing 3rd in the Metro with that strong group of forwards and a "vezina candidate" in net hardly deserves the #6 spot.

Underrated: Dan Bylsma

Finishing 8th in the conference with the 2nd most man games lost = 2nd place. Running away with the Metro with the most man games lost = 11th place? Say what you will about the playoffs, but for Bylsma to finish so far back after doing a great job in the regular season makes no sense. Therrien is also underrated.

Snub: Daryl Sutter

A strong regular season that saw all 3 of his goalies putting up strong numbers behind a well coached defense should have been enough to give him consideration in a year with 15 candidates, including Barry Trotz.

Norris Trophy:

Pts. 1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th
1. Duncan Keith, CHI 1033 (68-35-17-7-2)
2. Zdeno Chara, BOS 667 (21-39-22-19-17)
3. Shea Weber, NSH 638 (26-23-29-19-15)
4. Ryan Suter, MIN 351 (9-12-20-22-11)
5. Alex Pietrangelo, STL 304 (3-13-18-25-18)
6. Drew Doughty, LA 284 (8-6-17-18-23)
7. Erik Karlsson, OTT 70 (0-5-3-4-8)
8. Ryan McDonagh, NYR 53 (0-1-4-5-11)
9. Victor Hedman, TB 42 (1-1-0-5-10)
10. Mark Giordano, CGY 36 (1-0-2-3-7)
11. Matt Niskanen, PIT 36 (0-1-2-5-4)

Overrated: Zdeno Chara

Chara has built a strong reputation and aura around himself, based on his size and powerful slapshot. When it comes down to actually performing, Chara isn't as versatile or skilled as guys like Suter, Weber, Pietrangelo, etc.

Underrated: Mark Giordano

Boy, it's tough to look like a good defenseman in front of Kari Ramo and Reto Berra. With an impressive year offensively and solid play in his own zone, Gio was surprisingly low on a list that often favors offensive defenseman.

Snub: Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Along with Keith Yandle, Larsson had a fantastic year on the Phoenix blue line and was a surprising omission from this list. Expect him to make a serious run next year, as he is constantly improving.

Calder Trophy:

Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th)
1. Nathan MacKinnon, COL 1347 (130-6-1-0-0)
2. Ondrej Palat, TB 791 (5-78-29-15-5)
3. Tyler Johnson, TB 352 (0-13-29-30-26)
4. Torey Krug, BOS 287 (1-9-23-25-24)
5. Olli Maatta, PIT 225 (0-11-18-16-10)
6. Jacob Trouba, WPG 213 (1-11-17-9-14)
7. Hampus Lindholm, ANA 208 (0-7-15-22-18)
8. Sean Monahan, CGY 38 (0-2-2-3-5)
9. Frederik Andersen, ANA 25 (0-0-0-4-13)
10. Chris Kreider, NYR 20 (0-0-1-3-6)

Overrated: Torey Krug

The Bruins forward defenseman put up solid numbers, but nearly half of them came on the PP. When he wasn't the 4th forward 2nd defenseman on the PP unit, he was seeing reduced minutes on defense due to his shaky defensive play.

Underrated: Hampus Lindholm

A 30 point year capped off with a +29 rating made this season an impressive one for Lindholm. Only Krug has better offensive numbers among rookie d-men, but Lindholm is a far superior defender.

Snub: None

There were a lot of guys who played like Calder nominees, but injuries/uncontrollable circumstances kept them from consideration. Tomas Hertl, Brandon Pirri, and Mark Scheifele are prime examples.

Selke Trophy:

Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th)
1. Patrice Bergeron, BOS 1,283 (112-21-2-2-0)
2. Anze Kopitar, LA 840 (20-66-26-15-3)
3. Jonathan Toews, CHI 624 (2-36-57-20-7)
4. David Backes, STL 415 (3-5-31-59-18)
5. Marian Hossa, CHI 66 (0-5-2-2-15)
6. Ryan O’Reilly, COL 58 (0-0-3-10-13)
7. Tomas Plekanec, MTL 45 (0-0-4-5-10)
8. Joe Pavelski, SJ 32 (0-0-2-3-13)
9. Sean Couturier, PHI 30 (0-1-2-1-10)
10. Ryan Getzlaf, ANA 22 (0-1-1-2-4)

Overrated: Sean Couturier

Nobody on this list stood out to me as being overrated, so I'll pick on the guy who had 1 more point this season than Pascal Dupuis had last year. This award obviously factors offense into determining who is the best two way forward, and despite being second on his team in ice time, Cooter couldn't hit 40 points. To his credit, he averaged 3:25 of SH TOI, and likely received votes for this reason.

Underrated: Ryan O'Reilly

Not only did he do an excellent job of playing a strong 2-way game when he was on the ice, he made sure that his teammates weren't forced to do the same when he was escorted off the ice. A deserving winner of the Lady Byng, O'Reilly had everything necessary for Selke consideration except a big name.

Snub: Bryan Little

With 64 points, a +8, and being top 20 in SH TOI, Little arguably did enough to slip into the bottom of this list. With that being said, most of the names on this list have a strong case to be here. I'd put him over Cooter as it's clear that offense matters in this ranking (otherwise, Jay McClement would be a candidate).

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