Ramblings: Award Winners; Prospect Scouting Lists; Flyers, Habs & Jackets Notes (Jun 22)

Alexander MacLean

2022-06-22

We saw the NHL announce their awards last night, and you can find the full breakdown in lots of places quickly if you google it. There's not a lot of fantasy value to be gained from awards and all, but they are a fun way to wrap-up the season, and look ahead to potential winners next year. Let's do just that with my way-too-early picks for next year's awards:

Hart Trophy

2021-22 Winner: Auston Matthews

2022-23 Predicted winner: Kirill Kaprizov

With Minnesota in the prime of their contention window, but lacking the cap space to acquire many more difference makers, Kaprizov is going to have to shoulder a heavy load next year while this team keeps pace with Colorado in the Central. It's also boring to pick a repeat winner.

Norris Trophy

21/22: Cale Makar

22/23: Miro Heiskanen

Heiskanen got a bit of love this year, and probably could have been higher on a lot of ballots. He plays every part of the game well, and plays a lot. With John Klingberg likely leaving in the offseason, the D-core in Dallas is Miro's to run. Having to carry around Ryan Suter while playing his off-side, Heiskanen really hasn't had the shackles off for a full season… yet.

Vezina Trophy

21/22: Igor Shesterkin

22/23: Ilya Sorokin

When Sorokin carries a left-for-dead Islanders team to the playoffs next year, and plays 60 games on route, it's going to be tough to vote for anyone else here. Shesterkin's season was historic, and he will certainly be a challenger, but there's maybe a workload question to be asked at some point too.

Calder Trophy

21/22: Moritz Seider

22/23: Marco Rossi

Who else do we think is going to come in on a cheap contract to centre my HartTrophy winner Kaprizov? Rossi has had the time to get healthy, train, get his skates back underneath him, and he's not ready to show why so many were shocked that he fell out of the top-10 in his draft year.

Lady Byng Trophy

21/22: Kyle Connor

22/23: Mitch Marner

Marner is ust as deserving as some of the other winners, and a better player overall. All it's going to take is one season with a couple less tripping and puck-over-glass penalties and her will have it in the bag.

Selke Trophy

21/22: Patrice Bergeron

22/23: Anthony Cirelli