Kyle Connor of the Winnipeg Jets, Jaccob Slavin of the Carolina Hurricanes, and Jared Spurgeon of the Minnesota Wild are the three finalists for the 2021-22 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy. The award, which is voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, is given “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.”
Slavin was the winner last season.
The 2021-22 NHL Award winners will be revealed during the Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Final.
The case for Kyle Connor: The Jets forward set career highs in 2021-22 with 47 goals, 46 assists, and 93 points in 79 games. He finished fourth among all forwards averaging 21:47 of total ice time and racked up only four total penalty minutes this season. This is Connor’s first time up for the award and he is also the first Lady Byng Trophy finalist in Jets/Atlanta Thrashers history.
The case for Jaccob Slavin: Last year’s winner, the Hurricanes defenseman led the team in total ice time (1,858:52) and helped the franchise lead the NHL in fewest goals allowed (202), helping Antti Raanta and Frederik Andersen to win the William M. Jennings Trophy. Slavin put up career highs with 38 assists in 42 points and was whistled for only 10 penalty minutes in 79 games. A win would make him the first player to take home the Lady Byng Trophy in consecutive seasons since Martin St. Louis (2009-10, 2010-11).
The case for Jared Spurgeon: A finalist for the award last season, the Wild defenseman hit double digits in goals (10) for the fifth time in his career and reached the 40 point-mark for the second time in four seasons. He played 1,374:45 over 65 games and served only 10 minutes in penalty time, the seventh time in 12 NHL seasons he’s been whistled for 10 or fewer penalty minutes — and escaped punishment for a questionable hit on Christian Dvorak in January. (The fine for his cross-check on Buchnevich doesn’t come into play as all voting is done before the playoffs begin.) A win would make him the first player in franchise history to capture the award
Finalists for the 2021-22 Jack Adams Award, which is voted on by the NHL Broadcasters’ Association, will be announced on Thursday.
NHL Award finalists announcement schedule:
Norris Trophy: Victor Hedman, Roman Josi, Cale Makar
Vezina Trophy: Jacob Markstrom, Juuse Saros, Igor Shesterkin
Calder Trophy: Michael Bunting, Moritz Seider, Trevor Zegras
Hart Trophy: Auston Matthews, Connor McDavid, Igor Shesterkin
Ted Lindsay Award: Roman Josi, Auston Matthews, Connor McDavid
Masterton Trophy: Zdeno Chara, Kevin Hayes, Carey Price
Selke Trophy: Aleksander Barkov, Patrice Bergeron, Elias Lindholm
Thursday, May 19: Jack Adams Award
Friday, May 20: King Clancy Memorial Trophy
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