Dobber’s PHWA Ballot – 2016 NHL Awards



I had a vote on some of the #NHLAwards – here is my ballot (and my reasoning).


Thank you to the PHWA for making me the first fantasy hockey writer to become a member and allowing me to participate in the voting process again this year.


As it’s been for the last couple of years now, the PHWA asked that all the writers keep their ballots to themselves until after the awards have been handed out. Now that they have been, I can open up. Here is my ballot, along with my explanation and reasoning – and also the actual winners.




Actual Finalists: Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby, Jamie Benn


Actual Winner: Kane by a mile


My Ballot:

1. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

2. Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks

3. Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals

4. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

5. Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars



Last year I was almost identical to the actual voting. This year, not so much. Kane led the league in scoring wire-to-wire, so there was little doubt. But to me, Thornton deserved a Top 3 mention because of his tremendous season not only in terms of production, but in getting his Sharks into the playoffs when not everyone thought it was a sure thing. And Holtby’s season was so tremendous that he should have more love (he finished fourth in voting, Thornton was fifth).

I didn’t have Crosby in the Top 3 because he produced so poorly in the first 10 weeks of the season.




Actual Finalists: Drew Doughty, Erik Karlsson, Brent Burns


Actual Winner: Doughty


My Ballot:

1. Erik Karlsson, Ottawa

2. Brent Burns, San Jose

3. Drew Doughty, Los Angeles

4. Roman Josi, Nashville

5. Kris Letang, Pittsburgh



Slide Doughty from third to first, and exchange Letang and Josi, and I’m pretty much in agreement with everyone. What I should point out is how Doughty finished 11th in Hart voting and Karlsson finished ninth…but Doughty was ahead of Karlsson in Norris voting.

Anyway, my belief is that Erik Karlsson is fine defensively. This notion that he’s terrible is ludicrous. He’s no