Fantasy Hockey Oscars

Russ

2018-03-06

 

Inspired by Sunday night’s Academy Awards, which I didn’t watch, I will attempt to put a fantasy hockey spin on the old classic. There will be no red carpet fawning or lists of the best and worst dressed players, that stuff is for The Hockey News.

 

Costume Design

 

Rest assured, those awful Toronto Maple Leafs white uniforms (sponsored by Wite Out and Benjamin Moore Paints) they wore during Saturday night’s outdoor game did not make the list. There are four Original Six franchises amongst the nominees. This award is subjective and very much in the eye of the beholder.

 

Western Conference Nominees

 

Chicago Blackhawks

St. Louis Blues

Winnipeg Jets

 

Eastern Conference Nominees

 

Detroit Red Wings

Montreal Canadiens

Toronto Maple Leafs

 

Winner – Toronto Maple Leafs. Just a classic look with that old school maple leaf on the front. Take how great those jerseys look, along with how bright the future appears to be and you’ve got a winning combination in Hogtown.

 

Best Performance in a Comedy

 

Western Conference Nominees

 

Brock Boeser (Vancouver Canucks) – 61-29-26-55 (next best on team has 46 points), tied for 10th in NHL with 10 power-play goals, 23 power-play points, second highest rookie scorer

 

Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks) – 66-24-38-62 (next best on team has 45 points), fifth most shots on goal in NHL (236)

 

Eastern Conference Nominees

 

Josh Bailey (New York Islanders) 62-16-48-64, ninth in league with 28 power-play points

 

Mathew Barzal (New York Islanders) 66-18-49-67, top rookie scorer, two more points than John Tavares

 

Mark Stone (Ottawa Senators) 55-20-40-60 (next best on team has 47 points)

 

Winner – Mark Stone. The Senators season has been a circus with talk of dealing their franchise player, trading of veterans and poor attendance numbers. Through it all, Stone has weathered the turmoil and is four points away from a career best campaign with 18 games remaining on the slate.

 

Foreign Language Film

 

Western Conference Nominees

 

Leon Draisaitl (Germany, Edmonton Oilers) – 61-21-37-58

 

William Karlsson (Sweden, Vegas Golden Knights) – 65-35-24-59, tied for third in NHL goal scoring, leads league in plus/minus (plus-39)

 

John Klingberg (Sweden, Dallas Stars) – 65-7-48-55, leads NHL in defence scoring