Indeed a banner event with regard to Florida, as the Panthers - with two nominees this year - haven't claimed an NHL Awards victory in a voted-on category during their 18 seasons of NHL life. Who's up for what? Your answers, a poll, and long-overdue open thread action after the jump...
Live television coverage provided by NBC Sports Network (7 p.m. ET) Behold the list of nominees (and for you newbs to the game: click on the award name for a description and history courtesy of bestest-buddy Wikipedia)...
Top Rookie; voted on by Professional Hockey Writers' Association (PHWA)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins(EDM, first overall pick in 2011)
- Gabriel Landeskog (COL, second overall)
Adam Henrique(NJ, fourth overall)
Top Defensive Forward; voted on by PHWA
"Best Exemplifies Perseverance, Sportsmanship and Dedication to Hockey"; voted on by PHWA
Top Goaltender; voted on by league General Managers
Top Defenseman; voted on by Professional Hockey Writers' Association
Best "Sportsmanship and Gentlemanly Conduct"
Top Head Coach; voted on by NHL Broadcasters Association
- Ken Hitchcock (STL)
Voted on by 30 GMs, select panel of team executives, and print & broadcast media representatives
- Doug Armstrong (STL)
Dale Tallon(FLA) <
"Most Outstanding Player"; voted on by NHL Players' Association
"Great Leadership Qualities On and Off the Ice"; selected by Mark Messier
"Commitment, Perseverance, and Teamwork to Enrich Lives in his Community"
League Most Valuable Player; voted on by PHWA
- Malkin (PIT)
Lesson complete. Rock on...and do join us for LBC's 2012 NHL Entry Draft Round One Live Thread on Friday night.