2022 NHL Awards: PHT’s ballots for the remaining major trophies

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[UPDATE: Matthews wins the Hart and Lindsay; Seider wins the Calder; Shesterkin wins the Vezina; and Makar wins the Norris.]

A few of the 2021-22 NHL awards have been handed out and the winners of the remaining major trophies will be revealed on Tuesday night in Tampa Bay.

During a one-hour show, the NHL will announce the winners for the following trophies: Hart, Calder, Norris, Vezina, and Ted Lindsay Award. The finalists for the Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year will also be announced with the winner revealed during the 2022 NHL Draft on July 7-8.

The Pro Hockey Talk staff made our own votes before the Stanley Cup Playofs began for a collective ballot. Each place was given a numerical value with 10 points for first, 7 points for second, and 5 points for third.

Votes were submitted by PHT writers Sean Leahy, James O’Brien, and Adam Gretz, as well as Michael Finewax, Rotoworld Senior Hockey Writer/Editor, and Jake Abrahams, NBCSports.com Managing Editor of NHL content.

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HART TROPHY (Awarded to the “player judged most valuable to his team.”)

Voted on by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association

1. Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs (39 pts.)
Igor Shesterkin, New York Rangers (37 pts.)
Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers (24 pts.)
Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames (5 pts.)
Jonathan Huberdeau, Florida Panthers (5 pts.)

O’BRIEN: It’s agonizing to choose between Igor Shesterkin and Auston Matthews; I can totally understand someone excluding goalies from their ballots just to avoid the question. As great as Matthews was (blending brilliant offense with wildly underrated defense), Shesterkin put together the sort of goaltending season we only see every two decades or so. McDavid and everyone else are a distant third, which is saying something, because there were some truly special seasons beyond Matthews and Shesterkin.

ABRAHAMS: I went back and forth on Matthews and Shesterkin for my top selection. Ultimately I’m choosing Matthews for two reasons. First, the sheer rarity of what Matthews has done: 60 goals, with a goals/game average above 0.80 (he did not play a full 82 games). While others have scored 60 in this generation (Stamkos in 2011-12, Ovechkin in 2007-08), neither had a goals/game average that high because they played a full 82 games. The last time someone reached both markers (60 goals, 0.80 goals/game) was Mario Lemieux in 1995-96 (69 goals in 70 games). This is the best display of goal scoring we have seen in this era of hockey. And as far as Shesterkin goes, he is a shoe-in for Vezina, but I’m giving him a slight knock in the MVP conversation because he only made 52 starts.

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

Voted on by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association

1. Cale Makar, Colorado Avalanche (47 pts.)
2. Roman Josi, Nashville Predators (36 pts.)
3. Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning (15 pts.)
4. Charlie McAvoy, Boston Bruins (7 pts.)
5. Adam Fox, New York Rangers (5 pts.)

GRETZ: I know Josi had more points and had an amazing year, but Makar is just on a different level. He is special. He is not only the best all-around defenseman in hockey right now, I am not sure there are more than four or five players, regardless of position, that are better than him. His career has limitless potential. The definition of an impact player. A megastar. 

O’BRIEN: Josi scored the most points of any defensemen during the salary cap era, and by a comfortable margin. He enjoyed a truly bonkers season. But Cale Makar was close to Josi production-wise, and made a bigger overall impact when you look at a player’s all-around game. Hedman slightly surpasses Adam Fox, Charlie McAvoy, and some other great candidates to finish as a Norris finalist.

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CALDER TROPHY (Awarded “to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the NHL.”)

Voted on by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association

1. Moritz Seider, Detroit Red Wings (47 pts.)
2. Trevor Zegras, Anaheim Ducks (28 pts.)
3. Michael Bunting, Toronto Maple Leafs (15 pts.)
    Lucas Raymond, Detroit Red Wings (15 pts.)
4. Tanner Jeannot, Nashville Predators (5 pts.)

ABRAHAMS: This is no knock on the brilliance of Trevor Zegras, but when a defenseman puts up the type of year Seider did in his age-20 season, it’s hard not to look in that direction. Seider was the 4th-leading scorer on the Red Wings, he led all rookies with 43 assists, and he led the team (and all rookies) in average time on ice (23:03). He was also 9th in the entire league in blocked shots with 161.

FINEWAX: Moritz Seider was outstanding this season, providing Detroit with a steal at number six in the 2019 Draft. If there was a re-draft, he would have gone second behind Jack Hughes as he shows so much talent both offensively and defensively.

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VEZINA TROPHY (Awarded to the goalie “adjudged to be the best at this position.”)

Voted on by the NHL’s 32 general managers

1. Igor Shesterkin, New York Rangers (50 pts.)
2. Juuse Saros, Nashville Predators (21 pts.)
3. Jacob Markstrom, Calgary Flames (17 pts.)
4. Ilya Sorokin, New York Islanders (12 pts.)
5. Frederik Andersen, Carolina Hurricanes (5 pts.)
    Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning (5 pts.)

FINEWAX: Shesterkin was the reason the Rangers were at or near the top of the Metropolitan standings this season as he was brilliant for most of the year, faltering at the end but still ending up with 36-13-4 record to go with a 2.07 GAA and a .935 save percentage. If it wasn’t for Shesterkin, the Rangers would have battled it out for the second wild card in the East.

ABRAHAMS: It’s hard to overstate Shesterkin’s importance to the Rangers. He led the league by a wide margin in goals saved above expected, save percentage, and goals against average. At one point in the middle of the season, the Rangers went more than 2 months without winning a game that Shesterkin did not start. Markstrom’s 9 shutouts were impressive for Calgary, and Vasilevskiy is still (in my opinion) the best goalie in the league, but purely judging based upon performance this season, this award belongs to Shesterkin.

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JIM GREGORY GM of the YEAR (Presented to recognize the work of the NHL’s top general manager.)

Voted on by the NHL’s 32 general managers after the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The PHT staff ballots were submitted before the start of the postseason.

1. Bill Zito, Florida Panthers (37 pts.)
2. Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche (24 pts.)
3. Don Waddell, Carolina Hurricanes (20 pts.)
4. Julien BriseBois, Tampa Bay Lightning (12 pts.)
5. Brad Treliving, Calgary Flames (7 pts.)
6. Kyle Dubas, Toronto Maple Leafs (5 pts.)
   Doug Armstrong, St. Louis Blues (5 pts.)

LEAHY: It didn’t go as planned during the playoffs, but Zito set up his Panthers team to not only make the postseason but become Presidents’ Trophy winners and Stanley Cup contenders. Keeping players like Sam Bennett and Carter Verhaeghe while bringing in Sam Reinhart and Claude Giroux via trades paid off.

GRETZ: I would have had Zito at the top of the list but I do not like the way he handled the trade deadline for Florida. But at the same time I can not ignore the offseason work and the job he has done constructing this team and turning it into an offensive power house that should be a top Stanley Cup contender for the foreseeable future. Sakic has built one of the league’s top teams, replaced one Vezina Finalist goalie with another outstanding goalie, and had a great trade deadline.

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    Pezzetta scores shootout winner; Canadiens beat Sabres 4-3

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    BUFFALO, N.Y. ⁠— Brendan Gallagher and the Montreal Canadiens rallied back to avoid playoff elimination with less than three weeks left in their season. The Buffalo Sabres, meanwhile, are running out of chances to stay in the Eastern Conference wild-card hunt.

    Gallagher forced overtime by scoring his 200th career goal, and Michael Pezzetta scored the decisive shootout goal in a 4-3 win over the Sabres on Monday night.

    “It’s one of those things I think we earned that chance. We weren’t fantastic but we did enough on the road tonight to get a win,” Gallagher said. “Smiles all around.”

    The Canadiens could laugh, especially after Pezzetta celebrated his goal by putting his stick between his legs and riding it like a wooden horse — much like former NHL tough guy Dave “Tiger” Williams did during his 14-year NHL career spanning the 1970s and 80s.

    “I’m not sure we’ll see that again. One of a kind,” said Gallagher. “I’d be worried about falling over.”

    Pezzetta scored by driving in from the right circle to beat Eric Comrie inside the far post. Buffalo’s Jack Quinn scored in the fourth shootout round, but was matched by Montreal’s Jesse Ylonen, whose shot from in tight managed to trickle in through Comrie.

    Jordan Harris and Alex Belzile also scored for Montreal, and Jake Allen stopped 30 shots through overtime, while allowing one goal on six shootout attempts.

    Montreal would have been eliminated from playoff contention for a second straight season – and two years removed from reaching the Stanley Cup Final – with any type of loss.

    The Sabres squandered a 3-2 third-period lead to drop to 3-6-3 in their past 12. Buffalo also blew a chance to move to within four points of idle Pittsburgh, which holds the eighth and final playoff spot.

    “Just a little hesitation,” forward JJ Peterka said of the Sabres third-period lapse. “We didn’t play with much energy and we didn’t play that aggressive as we played the two periods before. I think that was the difference.”

    Buffalo’s Lukas Rousek scored a goal and added an assist while filling in for leading scorer Tage Thompson, who did not play due to an upper body injury. Peterka and defenseman Riley Stillman also scored, and Comrie stopped 38 shots through overtime, and allowed two goals on six shootout attempts.

    Montreal blew two one-goal leads to fall behind 3-2 on Stillman’s goal at the 8:31 mark of the second period.

    Gallagher scored on the fly by using Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin as a screen to snap in a shot inside the far left post. With the goal, Gallagher tied Bobby Rousseau for 24th on the Canadiens career scoring list.

    “I liked the way we corrected ourselves, it’s a sign of maturity, in the way we stayed on task,” Canadiens coach Martin St. Louis said, in recalling how the Canadiens recently unraveled in an 8-4 loss two weeks ago to Colorado, which plays a similar up-tempo style as Buffalo.


    The Sabres hosted their third Pride Night, with Russian D Ilya Lyubushkin electing not to participate in warmups by citing an anti-gay Kremlin law and fears of retribution at home in Moscow, where he has family and visits in the offseason. The remainder of the team wore dark blue jerseys with the Sabres logo on the front encircled by a rainbow-colored outline.

    During the first intermission, the Sabres broadcast a video in which GM Kevyn Adams said: “This is about recognizing someone’s humanity and true identity. We know there are people out there struggling with who they are, and we want them to know that they have an ally in the Buffalo Sabres.”


    Canadiens: At the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.

    Sabres: Host the New York Rangers on Friday night.

    Flyers chairman Scott to retire; Hilferty becomes successor

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    PHILADELPHIA — Dave Scott will retire as chairman of the Philadelphia Flyers’ parent company Comcast Spectacor and be replaced by Dan Hilferty.

    Hilferty, who was recently named CEO of Comcast Spectacor, will succeed Scott as chairman of the company on April 17 and as the team’s governor on July 1.

    Scott joined Comcast Spectacor in December 2013 and the Flyers have struggled under his reign. They will miss the playoffs for a third straight season and haven’t won a Stanley Cup since 1975.

    “Our number one goal for the Flyers will be to consistently compete for the Stanley Cup,” Hilferty said. “It is going to be a process that will take time to get on that path, but I’m confident we are headed in the right direction with Danny Briere as interim GM, Coach Tortorella, and our hiring of a President of Hockey Operations soon. Our leadership team will be fully focused to deliver on this for our fans while also continuing to make the sports complex the best location for sports and entertainment in the nation.”

    As Chairman and CEO of Comcast Spectacor, Hilferty will lead the company’s entire portfolio, including the Philadelphia Flyers. Spectacor Sports and Entertainment CEO Valerie Camillo will continue to work directly with Hilferty, overseeing the Wells Fargo Center, including its continued transformation, and lead the Flyers’ business operations.

    Pastrnak scores twice, Bruins top Hurricanes 4-3 in shootout

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    RALEIGH, N.C. — David Pastrnak’s milestone performance with the Boston Bruins came with additional responsibility.

    Minus a couple of key players, Pastrnak moved to the forefront and eclipsed the 50-goal mark by scoring twice and the Bruins won their seventh game in a row by defeating the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 in a shootout Sunday.

    Forwards Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand didn’t make the trip with the NHL-leading Bruins, so Pastrnak boosted his contributions.

    “I’ve been learning from those guys,” Pastrnak said. “You recognize when they’re not here that you have to take a step forward.”

    Pastrnak posted the 12th 50-goal season in Bruins history.

    “With Bergeron and Marchand back at home, you can see his leadership skills really come out,” Bruins coach Jim Montgomery said. “I think he put the team on his back and played the right way.”

    Charlie Coyle and Jake DeBrusk scored in the shootout in a matchup of Eastern Conference division leaders.

    Jakub Lauko also scored for the Bruins, who earned their 57th victory and are five wins shy of matching the all-time NHL record with nine regular-season games to play. Charlie McAvoy had two assists and Jeremy Swayman made 34 saves.

    “We’ve had a lot of character wins in a lot of different fashions,” Montgomery said.

    Boston tied the franchise record for wins in a season. That’s special in Montgomery’s opinion.

    “Especially when you think about all the great Bruins teams,” he said.

    Jack Drury, Brady Skjei and Sebastian Aho scored for the Hurricanes, who won three of their previous four games. Brett Pesce had two assists and Frederik Andersen stopped 35 shots.

    Carolina wiped out a two-goal deficit to secure a team point.

    “It wasn’t our best game, but I thought the third period we certainly came on,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “It’s one of those games where you say it’s probably a good point to get considering how it was looking.”

    Pastrnak’s 50th goal of the season came 4:43 into the game. He received a pass from McAvoy and skated half the length of the ice on a breakaway, though lost full control of the puck and still beat Andersen.

    Pastrnak was on track for 50 goals in March 2020, but he ended up with 48 when the COVID-19 pandemic caused an early end to the regular season.

    “You never know what can happen,” Pastrnak said.

    Drury, set up in the slot, scored his second goal of the season off a pass from Jalen Chatfield at 7:44 of the second.

    Just 1:28 later, Pastrnak’s second goal came on a power play when he blasted a shot from the left side just inside the post. Lauko’s fourth goal extended the lead at 11:46 of the second.

    Carolina pulled even at 3-3 when Skjei and Aho scored in the first four minutes of the third period.

    “We knew that was coming,” Montgomery said. “There’s no need to panic. We knew they were going to come with a push.”


    Bruins defenseman Hampus Lindholm was scratched along with Bergeron and Marchand with what Montgomery referred to as nagging injuries. The trio has accounted for 57 goals this season.

    “It shows the depth that we have,” Swayman said. “I think all of us thrive on the energy in a building like this.”

    Carolina’s only significant lineup adjustment came with center Paul Stastny in the lineup in place of Jesse Puljuharvi, who had played in eight straight games since making his debut with the Hurricanes. Puljuharvi arrived in a trade from Edmonton in late February.

    NOTES: The Bruins won two of three meetings with the Hurricanes, securing the first victory in overtime. Carolina eliminated Boston in last spring’s playoffs in seven games. … The Hurricanes maintained their string of securing a point in all seven games across different seasons while wearing green Hartford Whalers-inspired jerseys. The franchise began as the Whalers before relocation in 1997.


    Bruins: Host Nashville on Tuesday.

    Hurricanes: Host Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

    Malkin’s late goal lifts Penguins past Ovechkin, Capitals 4-3

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    PITTSBURGH — Evgeni Malkin remains a live wire. Even now, 17 seasons into a career that is likely destined for the Hall of Fame, there’s an unpredictability the Pittsburgh Penguins star plays with that can be both endearing and exasperating to teammates and coaches alike.

    The latest proof came against Washington on Saturday.

    An untimely roughing penalty in the third period helped spark a Capitals’ rally from a three-goal deficit. Malkin made up for it by burying a breakaway with 1:20 left in regulation that lifted the Penguins to a 4-3 victory.

    “His care factor and his compete level for me is off the charts and that’s what I love about him and usually when the stakes are high that’s when he’s at his best,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said. “He gets a huge goal for us tonight at a key time.”

    Malkin’s 25th goal of the season – a low wrist shot to the far post – helped the Penguins avoid a potentially messy collapse. Pittsburgh appeared to be ready to cruise to victory after Jake Guentzel‘s power-play goal 27 seconds into the third period made it 3-0.

    Washington instead stormed back, with Alex Ovechkin right in the middle of it. Ovechkin scored his 42nd goal of the season and 822nd of his career from his favorite spot in the left circle with 6:42 to go in regulation. Washington drew even when Dylan Strome flipped the puck into an open net with 2:44 to go in regulation.

    Yet instead of sagging, the Penguins surged. Malkin stripped Washington’s Anthony Mantha near center ice and broke in alone on Kuemper. Seconds later, the puck was in the net and Malkin was on one knee celebrating while pumping his fists, the kind of display of raw emotion that’s become one of his trademarks.

    “It’s a huge goal for me, and two points for the team,” Malkin said.

    Pittsburgh moved three points clear of Florida after the Panthers lost to the earlier Saturday. Both teams have nine regular-season games left.

    Ryan Poehling and Chad Ruhwedel scored a little over two minutes apart in the second period for Pittsburgh. Jake Guentzel added his team-high 32nd goal early in the third before Washington scrambled back. Casey DeSmith played spectacularly at times while finishing with 31 saves.

    Tom Wilson started the Capitals’ comeback with his ninth goal of the season 5:19 into the third. Kuemper stopped 36 shots, but was outplayed by DeSmith as Washington’s hopes of making a late push for a playoff berth took a serious hit. The Capitals are six points behind Pittsburgh with only eight games remaining.

    “It’s a tough one,” Washington center T.J. Oshie said. “I don’t think that last play was the only thing that lost the game for us. I know that (Mantha) feels terrible about it, but we trust him with the puck. It just wasn’t a good enough 60 minutes against a good hockey team over there.”

    It felt like old times for much of the night for teams that usually enter late March battling for a spot near the top of the Metropolitan Division.

    Not this season.

    While the 35-year-old Crosby is averaging over a point a game as usual and the 37-year-old Ovechkin is steadily making inroads on Wayne Gretzky’s all-time goal record, their teams have spent most of the year skating in place.

    Pittsburgh has been wildly uneven thanks in part to goaltending that has fluctuated between solid and shaky, the main reason a 17th straight playoff appearance is hardly assured. Washington, meanwhile, appears to be pointing toward the future after injuries and a small sell-off at the trade deadline.

    Pittsburgh put itself on slightly firmer footing with DeSmith making a compelling case that he should supplant Tristan Jarry as Pittsburgh’s top goaltender down the stretch.

    DeSmith was spectacular at times, including stoning Ovechkin on a breakaway near the end of the second period in which Ovechkin deked DeSmith to his knees, only to see DeSmith extend his left leg just enough to knock the puck out of harm’s way.

    “I’m not very tall,” the 6-foot DeSmith said. “But I had that one inch that I needed.”


    Capitals: Host the New York Islanders on Wednesday.

    Penguins: Visit Detroit on Tuesday.