While they didn’t win the ultimate prize, Erik Karlsson and Phil Kessel are leaving Sochi with some major awards.
Karlsson was named the tournament’s top defender on Sunday, Kessel the top forward, and both were selected to the Sochi All-Star team, per IIHF.com. The pair finished tied for the tournament scoring lead, with eight points, and were the only two to capture individual awards and All-Star team spots. Kessel also finished tied with Michael Grabner for the goalscoring title (five goals each).
The individual positional awards went like this:
Individual Awards as selected by the tournament directorate
Best Goalkeeper: Carey Price, Canada
Best Defenceman: Karlsson, Sweden
Best Forward: Kessel, USA
All-Star Team as selected by the media
Goalkeeper: Henrik Lundqvist, Sweden
Defenceman: Karlsson, Sweden
Defenceman: Drew Doughty, Canada
Forward: Teemu Selanne, Finland
Forward: Kessel, USA
Forward: Mikael Granlund, Finland
Tournament MVP went to Finland’s Teemu Selanne.
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It’s going to be interesting to see if Hammond can replicate the success he had last season, when he came out of nowhere to go 20-1-2 with a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage, and finish seventh in Vezina voting.