2021 NHL Awards: PHT’s ballots for the remaining major trophies

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The NHL will be announcing the remaining winners of the 2020-21 awards Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN (livestream).

Co-hosted by NBC Sports’ Kenny Albert and Sportsnet’s Kyle Bukauskas with the help of current and former NHL stars, the 30-minute show will reveal the winners of the Calder Trophy, Hart Trophy, James Norris Trophy, Ted Lindsay Award and Vezina Trophy.

Prior to the start of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Pro Hockey Talk team submitted their ballots for the major individual NHL awards. (Note: No PHT staff who are part of the Professional Hockey Writers Association had a vote in this season’s NHL awards.)

Here’s our voting breakdown for what’s left using the NHL’s 5-3-1 points allocation for places:

HART TROPHY – “to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team.”

Voted on by members of the PHWA

1. Connor McDavid, Edmonton – 25 points (5-0-0)
2. Auston Matthews, Toronto – 12 points (0-4-0)
3. Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado – 4 points (0-1-1)
4. Brad Marchand, Boston – 3 points (0-0-3)
5. Juuse Saros, Nashville – 1 point (0-0-1)

James O’Brien, NHL writer

1. Connor McDavid
2. Auston Matthews
3. Brad Marchand

Anyone picking a player other than McDavid for the Hart Trophy should do some real soul-searching, because seriously. This McDavid season competes only with the best individual accomplishments we’ve seen in NHL history. From there, it’s Auston Matthews and everyone else.

Marisa Ingemi, NHL writer

1. Connor McDavid
2. Auston Matthews
3. Brad Marchand

Sean Leahy, NHL writer

1. Connor McDavid
2. Auston Matthews
3. Juuse Saros

An historic season for the NHL’s best player. The only player with 100 points and the closest competitor was teammate Leon Draisaitl who was 21 points away. McDavid averaged 1.88 points per game in this shortened season with 68 of his points coming at even strength. In any other year, Matthews might walk away with the MVP. Not this one.

Michael Finewax, NBC Sports Edge Senior Hockey Writer/Editor

1. Connor McDavid
2. Auston Matthews
3. Nathan MacKinnon

Adam Gretz, NHL writer

1. Connor McDavid
2. Nathan MacKinnon
3. Brad Marchand

[COVERAGE OF THE 2021 NHL AWARDS SHOW BEGINS AT 7:30 P.M. ET – NBCSN]

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CALDER TROPHY – “to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League.”

Voted on by members of the PHWA

1. Kirill Kaprizov, Minnesota – 25 points (5-0-0)
2. Jason Robertson, Dallas – 13 points (0-4-1)
3. Alex Nedeljkovic, Carolina – 5 points (0-1-2)
4. Igor Shesterkin, Edmonton – 2 points (0-0-2)

Michael Finewax, NBC Sports Edge Senior Hockey Writer/Editor

1. Kirill Kaprizov
2. Alex Nedeljkovic
3. Jason Robertson

Kaprizov had 27 goals and 51 points this season, finishing eighth among NHL goal scorers. That was more than enough to win the Calder, although Nedeljkovic made it very close at the end with a 1.90 GAA as well as a .932 save percentage.

James O’Brien, NHL writer

1. Kirill Kaprizov
2. Jason Robertson
3. Alex Nedeljkovic

It was … cute that Robertson made it seem like Kaprizov might have some Calder competition, and it’s fascinating to wonder if Nedeljkovic would have made a bigger push if he wasn’t battling for starts. But Kaprizov made a huge impact — both in how we view the Wild, and just by being one of the best forwards in the NHL this season.

Marisa Ingemi, NHL writer

1. Kirill Kaprizov
2. Jason Robertson
3. Igor Shesterkin

Sean Leahy, NHL writer

1. Kirill Kaprizov
2. Jason Robertson
3. Alex Nedeljkovic

The Russian star gave the Wild a shot of energy they needed. Kaprizov led all rookies with 27 goals, 51 points, 0.93 points per game, and was one even strength point (39) behind Robertson for the lead among all rookies.

Adam Gretz, NHL writer

1. Kirill Kaprizov
2. Jason Robertson
3. Igor Shesterkin

NORRIS TROPHY – “to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position.”

Voted on by members of the PHWA

1. Adam Fox, New York Rangers – 23 points (4-1-0)
2. Cale Makar, Colorado – 9 points (0-3-0)
3. Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay – 8 points (1-1-0)
4. Charlie McAvoy, Boston – 2 points (0-0-2)
5. Adam Pelech, Dougie Hamilton, Shea Theodore – 1 point (0-0-1)

Marisa Ingemi, NHL writer

1. Adam Fox
2. Victor Hedman
3. Charlie McAvoy

Fox led all defensemen in scoring, but more than that, he was on the ice in every situation. He picked up six additional minutes in ice time this season, too, so his strengths have developed with more time on the ice. Hedman comes in second because he had a Hedman type of season, and the McAvoy, who keeps getting closer to being the top defenseman in the league.

Sean Leahy, NHL writer

1. Adam Fox
2. Cale Makar
3. Adam Pelech

Adam Gretz, NHL writer

1. Adam Fox
2. Cale Makar
3. Shea Theodore

The Rangers are absolutely loaded with young talent and as long as they do not screw it up I think much better days are ahead. Out of all the young players they have nobody has been more impressive so far than Fox. He is not just one of the league’s best young defensemen. He is one of the league’s best defensemen. Period. He is absolutely worthy of winning the Norris this season. Great defensively, impact player offensively. This is actually a tough decision because I thought Makar is right there this year as well, but I gave Fox the edge because he played more games and did not have as much talent around him.

James O’Brien, NHL writer

1. Adam Fox
2. Cale Makar
3. Charlie McAvoy

This is so, so close, because while Makar missed time, Fox and a handful others only produced a bit more than he did overall. Fox and Makar are a coin flip; throw Dougie Hamilton in that trio as three defensemen whose total value (offense and defense) were pretty mind-blowing. Maybe chalk it up to the Hurricanes’ wealth of options, but Hamilton didn’t serve as a workhorse to the same degree as McAvoy, whose defensive impact remains extremely impressive. Truly, there were some great candidates for the Norris Trophy this year, but Fox’s mix of quality and quantity gets him the 2020-21 nod. If Makar can stay healthy, he might win a bucket of these, though.

Michael Finewax, NBC Sports Edge Senior Hockey Writer/Editor

1. Victor Hedman
2. Adam Fox
3. Dougie Hamilton

Hedman is still the best all-around defenseman in the NHL and would have outscored everyone had he not played through his injury. Fox was outstanding for six weeks, as was Hamilton. Cale Makar would have received more consideration had not injuries taken its toll on his season.

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VEZINA TROPHY – “to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at this position”

Voted on by the NHL’s general managers

1. Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay – 25 points (5-0-0)
2. Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas – 13 points (0-4-1)
3. Juuse Saros, Nashville – 6 points (0-1-3)
4. Philipp Grubauer, Colorado – 1 point (0-0-1)

James O’Brien, NHL writer

1. Andrei Vasilevskiy
2. Marc-Andre Fleury
3. Juuse Saros

For some time, Vasilevskiy was a no-brainer, and very well might have bumped Brad Marchand as my third Hart Trophy finalist. Maybe chalk it up to an excessive workload, but Vasilevskiy slipped — just not far enough to lose the Vezina in my eyes. That said, there were four goalies (at least) with Vezina chops: Vasilevskiy, MAF, Saros, and Semyon Varlamov.

Adam Gretz, NHL writer

1. Andrei Vasilevskiy
2. Marc-Andre Fleury
3. Juuse Saros

Keep saying this over and over, but it is almost unfair that a team as good as the Lightning has a goalie as good as Vasilevskiy. He is not only the best goalie in the league, he also takes on a huge workload in terms of starts and appearances and never seems to slow down. The best goalie in hockey overall, and he played like it again this year.

Marisa Ingemi, NHL writer

1. Andrei Vasilevskiy
2. Marc-Andre Fleury
3. Juuse Saros

Sometimes how dominant Vasilevskiy has been during his era isn’t quantified properly. He’s been one of the most elite goalies in the game for years now, and this season was arguably his best yet. Fleury has continued to be one of the elite goalies in the game as well, and what Saros did to lead Nashville into the playoffs, with the second-best saves above expected in the league.

Michael Finewax, NBC Sports Edge Senior Hockey Writer/Editor

1. Andre Vasilevskiy
2. Marc-Andre Fleury
3. Philipp Grubauer

Sean Leahy, NHL writer

1. Andrei Vasilevskiy
2. Juuse Saros
3. Marc-Andre Fleury

2021 NHL Award finalists and winners:

Hart Trophy: Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews, Nathan MacKinnon
Norris Trophy: Adam Fox, Victor Hedman, Cale Makar
Calder Memorial Trophy: Kirill Kaprizov, Alex Nedeljkovic, Jason Robertson
Vezina Trophy: Marc-Andre Fleury, Philipp Grubauer, Andrei Vasilevskiy

Ted Lindsay Award: Sidney Crosby, Auston Matthews, Connor McDavid
King Clancy: Pekka Rinne
Jack Adams Award: Rod Brind’Amour
Selke Trophy: Aleksander Barkov
Masterton Trophy: Oskar Lindblom
Jim Gregory GM of the Year Award: Lou Lamoriello
Lady Byng Trophy: Jaccob Slavin
Mark Messier Leadership Award: Patrice Bergeron
Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award: Kevin Hodgson

Canucks’ Ilya Mikheyev to have season-ending knee surgery

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Vancouver Canucks right wing Ilya Mikheyev is set to have season-ending surgery on his left knee.

Canucks general manager Patrik Allvin said Friday night the 28-year-old Russian forward tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the team’s first preseason game Sept. 25. Mikheyev will undergo surgery next week and is expected to be ready for training camp in the fall.

Mikheyev was originally listed as week-to-week with the injury and played 45 regular-season games, finishing with 13 goals and 15 assists. He scored in his final appearance Friday night, a 5-2 home victory over Columbus.

Mikheyev signed a four-year, $19 million contract as a free agent last summer.

Maple Leafs’ Matthews out at least 3 weeks with knee injury

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Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews will miss at least three weeks with a sprained knee.

The team announced the reigning MVP’s anticipated absence Friday, two days after Matthews was injured in Toronto’s victory against the New York Rangers.

Matthews is expected to miss at least six games and could be out for a few more. The timing of the injury coinciding with the NHL All-Star break and the Maple Leafs bye week prevents this from costing Matthews more time out of the lineup.

After being voted an All-Star by fans, Matthews is now out of the event scheduled for Feb. 3-4 in Sunrise, Florida. The league announced Aleskander Barkov from the host Florida Panthers will take Matthews’ place on the Atlantic Division All-Star roster.

Matthews, who won the Hart Trophy last season after leading the NHL with 60 goals, has 53 points in 47 games this season.

Caufield opted for surgery with Habs out of playoff race

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MONTREAL — Montreal Canadiens winger Cole Caufield said Friday he wouldn’t be having season-ending surgery on his right shoulder if the team were in playoff contention.

But with the Canadiens near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, the 22-year-old Caufield said he decided to have the surgery to protect his long-term health. The procedure is scheduled to be performed by Dr. Peter Millett on Wednesday.

“I didn’t want to stop playing,” Caufield said. “I had a couple tests done to look at it more clearly but, in the end, like it could’ve been one more fall and it could have been even worse.”

Caufield, who leads the Canadiens with 26 goals in 46 games, had three different medical opinions on his shoulder before concluding that his season was over.

“I think they’ve seen a lot more than I have and they know the differences and what they like or don’t like about it,” he said about the medical opinions. “Long term, I think this is what’s best but for sure it was tough to sit out that game against Toronto on Saturday night.”

Caufield initially felt the injury in an awkward fall during Montreal’s 4-2 loss at Dallas on Dec. 23. He said his right shoulder popped, and he replaced it himself.

Caufield felt it again in the Habs’ 4-3 loss at Nashville on Jan. 12. The club announced on Jan. 21 that Caufield would miss the rest of the season.

Caufield is nearing the end of his three-year, entry-level contract and will be a restricted free agent this summer.

All-Star Matty Beniers to miss next 2 games for Kraken

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SEATTLE — Seattle Kraken rookie All-Star Matty Beniers will miss the team’s final two games before the All-Star break after taking a big hit from Vancouver’s Tyler Myers earlier this week.

Seattle coach Dave Hakstol said after morning skate Friday that Beniers would not play Friday night against Calgary or Saturday against Columbus. Hakstol did not speculate on Beniers’ availability for next weekend’s All-Star Game in Florida.

The team has not specified what kind of injury Beniers sustained from the hit. He was barreled over by Myers away from the play early in the second period in Wednesday’s 6-1 victory over Vancouver. Myers was penalized for interference on the play. Beniers returned briefly for one shift later in the period but did not play in the third period.

Beniers is Seattle’s lone All-Star selection this season. He leads all rookies in goals (17) and points (36), and is fifth in total ice time for rookies.

Seattle also placed defenseman Justin Schultz on injured reserve and recalled forward Max McCormick from Coachella Valley of the AHL. Hakstol said Schultz is improving but there’s no timeline on his return.