NHL Awards Finalists from the West Coast

Posted by Karen Cherrett on

Every season awards are presented to players, coaches and administrators of NHL teams for their efforts during the regular season. A number of these awards are voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association members. This season only 100 of the PHWA members were allowed to place votes, given the strange make up of the season.

Award Finalists

Here are the players who became finalists for each award from West Coast teams:

King Clancy Memorial Trophy for “leadership on and off the ice and who has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution to his community.”

Kurtis Gabriel (San Jose Sharks)

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey as voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

Patrick Marleau (San Jose Sharks)

Franke J Selke Award Voted on by the PHWA, this trophy is awarded to the NHL's best defensive forward.

Mark Stone (Vegas Golden Knights)

Hart Memorial Trophy Awarded to the player deemed most valuable to their team, as voted on by the PHWA.

Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche)

James Norris Memorial Trophy Voted on by the PHWA, this trophy goes to the NHL's top defenseman.

Cale Makar (Colorado Avalanche)

Vezina Trophy

Phillip Grubauer (Colorado Avalanche)

Marc-Andre Fleury (Vegas Golden Knights)

And the one West Coast winner from all of this was Marc-Andre Fleury who successfully won the Vezna Trophy as best NHL Goal tender for the season.

Fleury had a great season starting 36 games, winning 26, with 989 shots against, and 71 goals against for a Goals Against Average (GAA) of 1.98. He ended with a .928 save percent and had 6 shut outs. That's a pretty amazing season, that took his team to the Stanley Cup Playoffs where he continued to play amazing hockey.

This Season and Next

Given there were three finalists nominated for most of the awards, this isn’t a bad representation from West Coast teams.  Interestingly, apart from Cale Makar, most of the nominated players are veterans of the game who have played a number of games.

Patrick Marleau from the Sharks broke Gordie Howes record this year as the player who has now played the most NHL games in his career. Marleau is now 41 years old. The past season the Sharks signed him to a one-year contract which means he is now UFA and may have played his last season of hockey.

Vezna Trophy finalist Phillip Grubauer also does not have a current contract. He played his last game with the Colorado Avalanche for this season in Playoff Round 2 against the Vegas Golden Knights. Avalanche fans will wait with baited breathe to see if Avalanche GM Joe Sakic chooses to re sign Grubauer for next season, and beyond.

Cale Makar is also an Unrestricted Free Agent, currently without a contract for next season. You would hope that the Avalanche wrap him up for their team for a number of years to come, but given they have three of four key players without contracts a lot will depend on the cap situation.

Kurtis Gabriel also doesn’t have a contract with the San Jose Sharks for next season. It is unclear what direct the team administration will lean with regards to resigning him.

Marc-Andre Fleury is signed on for one more season with the Vegas Golden Knights at this stage. He seems likely to stay with the team, although earlier in the season there were rumors that he wasn’t totally happy with his situation there.  That appeared to settle as he ended the season strong, playing a large amount of games on rotation with Robin Lehner.

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