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The Professional Hockey Writers’ Association has collected the votes and halfway through his rookie year, the consensus from 117 voters is that Quinn Hughes, the Vancouver Canucks’ super rookie, is the league’s second-best freshman.
The Colorado Avalanche’s Cale Makar was rated as the best rookie so far, with the Buffalo Sabres’ Victor Olofsson rated third.
“We’re proud of the work our members put in throughout the entire season, crunching numbers, following trends and speaking to sources to gather the best ballot possible,” PHWA president Frank Seravalli said in a media release. “The Midseason Awards are the latest example of that, beginning an independent evaluation process in January that won’t conclude until early April when the real ballots are returned.”
Last year, six of the eight PHWA midseason awards winners proved to be winners of the official end-of-season NHL awards. The Hart Trophy, Norris Trophy, Calder Trophy, Lady Byng Trophy and Selke Trophy are all handed out based on PHWA voting, while the Vezina Trophy is handed out by the league’s 31 general managers and the Jim Gregory Award is voted on by a panel of 41, which includes the league’s general managers plus a handful of league executives and members of the media.
The midseason voting also includes a pair of unofficial awards: the Rod Langway Award and the Comeback Player of the Year.
At the end of the season, on top of voting for the Hart, Norris, Calder, Lady Byng and Selke trophies, PHWA members vote on the Masterton Trophy and Conn Smythe Trophy, as well as determining the annual NHL All-Star and All-Rookie teams.
The PHWA engaged in midseason awards voting from its founding in 1962 through 1968. The practice was revived in 2018. The PHWA has more than 300 dues-paying members in all 32 NHL markets, including Seattle, and also around the globe.
The PHWA’s Vancouver chapter includes Patrick Johnston (chapter chair, Postmedia), Ben Kuzma (Postmedia), Ed Willes (Postmedia), Iain MacIntyre (Sportsnet), Thomas Drance (The Athletic), Harman Dayal (The Athletic), Daniel Wagner (Glacier Media), Gemma Karstens-Smith (The Canadian Press), Jim Morris (The Canadian Press), Rob Williams (Daily Hive), Nathan Caddell (The Georgia Straight), Mike Halford (TSN 1040) and Jason Brough (TSN 1040).
Full voting results
Hart Trophy — to the player adjudged to be most valuable to his team
1. Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
2. Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
3. David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins
Norris Trophy — to the defenceman who demonstrates the greatest all-around ability in the position
1. John Carlson, Washington Capitals
2. Roman Josi, Nashville Predators
3. Dougie Hamilton, Carolina Hurricanes
Selke Trophy — to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game
1. Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers
2. Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins
3. Ryan O’Reilly, St. Louis Blues
Calder Trophy — to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition
1. Cale Makar, Colorado Avalanche
2. Quinn Hughes, Vancouver Canucks
3. Victor Olofsson, Buffalo Sabres
Lady Byng Trophy — to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability
1. Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
2. Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs
3. Ryan O’Reilly, St. Louis Blues
Vezina Trophy — to the goaltender adjudged to be the best at his position
1. Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets
2. Ben Bishop, Dallas Stars
3. Darcy Kuemper, Arizona Coyotes
Jack Adams Award — to the coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success
1. Mike Sullivan, Pittsburgh Penguins
2. John Tortorella, Columbus Blue Jackets
3. Craig Berube, St. Louis Blues
Jim Gregory GM of the Year Award — to the general manager adjusted to have contributed most to his team’s success
1. Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche
2. John Chayka, Arizona Coyotes
3. Doug Armstrong, St. Louis Blues
Rod Langway Award — to the defenceman who best excels in the defensive aspect of the game
1. Jaccob Slavin, Carolina Hurricanes
2. Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning
3. Roman Josi, Nashville Predators
Comeback Player of the Year Award — to the player who returned to a previous high level of performance that was interrupted by subpar play, long-term injury or major illness
1. William Nylander, Toronto Maple Leafs
2. Anthony Duclair, Ottawa Senators
3. Max Pacioretty, Vegas Golden Knights
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