The Pittsburgh Penguins got shutout of the 2019 NHL Awards, but that was expected going into it. Still, a few players picked up votes in various categories so let’s check the results out.
Sidney Crosby finished highest on the team here at 17th place overall for what always is a very scattered vote. Matt Cullen also picked up a vote, which seems fitting for a gentlemanly veteran. And even Phil Kessel showed his face and appeared on a ballot!
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Kris Letang ended up sixth in voting, which is consistent with his normal top-10 finishes in seasons where he remains mostly healthy. Had he played 80 games instead of 65, who knows where he might have ended up?
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Cool to see Marcus Pettersson get a couple of fifth place votes (likely hometown). Also new Penguin Dominik Kahun got a vote as well.
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Sidney Crosby ended up with his best career finish in the best defensive forward award, as he continues to trend up in the eye’s of the voters. A strong fourth place finish here, with 34 first place votes. That’s a huge momentum swing for Crosby that’s pushed him relatively close to first place. It wouldn’t be shocking at all to see him make the finalists next season if his play continues.
Voting for the Frank J. Selke Trophy as selected by members of the PHWA: pic.twitter.com/ZElunlIDLc— PHWA (@ThePHWA) June 20, 2019
Awards aside, Carey Price stole the show in the opinions of many (here included). Good on him!
As expected, Crosby was no match for Nikita Kucherov’s big season. But at least Sid got a playful hug earlier in the night from the event’s host Keenan Thompson. Crosby also finished second place, though it was at quite a distance from the runaway winner, deservedly so.
The Pens didn’t walk away with any awards, including the big shiny silver trophy that matters most, but there’s always next year.