The NHL announced the rest of its award winners on Monday, including top defenceman, goalie, rookie, and including the MVP to his team.
Months ago, I wrote about who I thought should receive the various awards: Vezina can be found here and the others here. This was before the finalists were even announced, so they really are my thoughts rather than picking a one-in-three winner. Full voting breakdown from the PHWA can be found here. We had a fifth-place Hart vote for J.T. Miller. You’ll want to peruse the rest.
(Maybe they should have spread this out a bit more? One before each of Game 1, 2, and 3, and then the Lindsay/Hart before Game 4? It seems weird to give the Lady Byng winner their own day for a trophy win and yet all the major trophies are all on the same day, but I digress.)
My initial pick for the Calder was Cale Makar with Adam Fox in second and Quinn Hughes third. Obviously, Fox wasn't nominated, and Dominik Kubalik was, so that changes the equation. It seemed at least somewhat likely that three defencemen would get the nod, but it was not to be.
The winner: Cale Makar. The final point tally was relatively close, but Makar had double the first-place votes of second-place Hughes, and Makar was either first or second on every ballot.
I know this will anger Vancouver fans, but I outlined in my awards linked at the top why Makar should have been the Calder. It's a situation where fans won't help but feel slighted, and yet this was a year where any of three players (I still think Fox should have been nominated over Kubalik) could have won and there probably shouldn't be much consternation. It really was a special year for rookies, particularly on the back end, in the NHL.
On the bright side for Canucks faithful, as pointed out by Cam on Twitter, this made it three straight years that a Canuck was nominated for the Calder with Brock Boeser back in 2018, Elias Pettersson last year (which he won), and Hughes with the runner-u