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MASSMUTUAL EAST DIVISION

Hart Trophy

Leader: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins, 21 points (three first-place votes)

Runners-up: Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins, 19 (two first-place votes); Artemi Panarin, New York Rangers; 4

Others receiving points: Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals, 1

Leader last week: Crosby, 25 (unanimous No. 1)

Why I picked Crosby: “The Penguins were without Evgeni Malkin for two months but have hardly missed a beat thanks in part to Crosby’s leadership on and off the ice. Not the first time we’ve seen this from him.” — Mike Zeisberger, staff writer

Norris Trophy

Leader: Adam Fox, Rangers, 25 (unanimous No. 1)

Runners-up: John Carlson, Capitals, 12; Kris Letang, Penguins, 6

Others receiving points: Charlie McAvoy, Bruins, 2

Leader last week: Fox, 23 (four first-place votes)

Why I picked Fox: “He has put his name among the elite offensive defensemen in his second NHL season.” — Tom Gulitti, staff writer

Vezina Trophy

Leader: Semyon Varlamov, New York Islanders, 23 (four first-place votes)

Runners-up: Tristan Jarry, Penguins, 11 (one first-place vote); Igor Shesterkin, Rangers, 6

Others receiving points: Tuukka Rask, Bruins, 1; Vitek Vanecek, Capitals, 1

Leader last week: Varlamov, 23 (four first-place votes)

Why I picked Varlamov: “He is the difference right now for the Islanders, playing extremely well behind a team that is playing well in front of him. He’s making the saves he’s supposed to make and, of late, all the saves on tough chances against too. He’s been the steadiest goalie in the East all season.” — Dan Rosen, senior writer

Calder Trophy

Leader: Ty Smith, New Jersey Devils, 21 (four first-place votes)

Runners-up: Shesterkin, Rangers, 10 (one first-place vote); K’Andre Miller, Rangers 10

Others receiving points: Vanecek, 3; Oliver Wahlstrom, Islanders, 1

Leader last week: Smith, Devils, 23 (four first-place votes)

Why I picked Smith: “He is back from upper-body injury and continuing the steady play that has made him the best rookie in the East for most of the season.” — Amalie Benjamin, staff writer

 

HONDA WEST DIVISION

Hart Trophy

Leader: Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche, 21 (three first-place votes)

Runners-up: Mark Stone, Vegas Golden Knights, 11 (one first-place vote); Kirill Kaprizov, Minnesota Wild, 9 (one first-place vote)

Others receiving points: Mikko Rantanen, Avalanche, 4

Leader last week: MacKinnon, 21 (three first-place votes)

Why I picked MacKinnon: “It seems like MacKinnon is having multipoint games every night. It’s almost a guarantee. He’s remarkable.” — Brian Compton, deputy managing editor

Norris Trophy

Leader: Shea Theodore, Golden Knights, 19 (three first-place votes)

Runners-up: Cale Makar, Avalanche, 17 (two first-place votes); Jakob Chychrun, Arizona Coyotes, 5

Others receiving points: Drew Doughty, Kings, 4

Leader last week: Theodore, 19 (three first-place votes)

Why I picked Theodore: “He is a driving force for one of the best teams in the NHL.” — Nicholas J. Cotsonika, columnist

Vezina Trophy

Leader: Philipp Grubauer, Avalanche, 23 (four first-place votes)

Runners-up: Marc-Andre Fleury, Golden Knights, 17 (one first-place vote); Cam Talbot, Wild, 5

Others receiving votes: None

Leader last week: Fleury, 21 (three first-place votes)

Why I picked Grubauer: “Maybe Grubauer and Fleury should arm wrestle to decide the best in the West. I’m kidding, but it is tough to choose between the two. I’m still impressed with how Grubauer’s handled the workload this season for the Avalanche. He’s played 30-plus games in previous seasons, but those were 82-game seasons.” — Tracey Myers, staff writer

Video: ARI@COL: Grubauer robs Keller on the rush

Calder Trophy

Leader: Kaprizov, 25 (unanimous No. 1)

Runners-up: Kaapo Kahkonen, Wild, 9; Gabriel Vilardi, Kings, 5

Others receiving points: Mikey Anderson, Kings, 4; Zach Whitecloud, Golden Knights, 2

Leader last week: Kaprizov, 25 points (unanimous No. 1)

Why I picked Kaprizov: “With less than two weeks to go in the season, Kaprizov has lapped the West Division field. No questions asked.” — Shawn P. Roarke, senior director of editorial

 

DISCOVER CENTRAL DIVISION

Hart Trophy

Leader: Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers, 14 (two first-place votes)

Runners-up: Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks, 13 (one first-place vote), Sebastian Aho, Carolina Hurricanes, 8 (one first-place vote)

Others receiving points: Jonathan Huberdeau, Panthers, 5 (one first-place vote); Juuse Saros, Nashville Predators, 3; Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning, 1; Jason Robertson, Dallas Stars, 1

Leader last week: Kane, 23 (four first-place votes)

Why I picked Barkov: “The Panthers are going to the Stanley Cup Playoffs on the back of Barkov, who carries them in every way. The captain is dangerous at even strength, on the power play and shorthanded.” — Roarke

Video: FLA@CHI: Barkov whips home wrister on 2-on-1 rush

Norris Trophy

Leader: Hedman, 23 (four first-place votes)

Runners-up: Dougie Hamilton, Hurricanes, 17 (one first-place vote); MacKenzie Weegar, Panthers, 2; John Klingberg, Stars, 2

Others receiving points: Ryan Ellis, Predators, 1

Leader last week: Hedman, 25 (unanimous No. 1)

Why I picked Hedman: “His offensive production slowed this past week, but he still played a ton of minutes and is one of the biggest reasons why the Lightning are still battling for a division title.” — Compton

Vezina Trophy

Leader: Andrei Vasilevskiy, Lightning, 23 (four first-place votes)

Runners-up: Saros, 17 (one first-place vote); Alex Nedeljkovic, Hurricanes, 3

Others receiving points: Kevin Lankinen, Blackhawks, 1; James Reimer, Hurricanes, 1

Leader last week: Vasilevskiy, 25 (unanimous No. 1)

Why I picked Vasilevskiy: “He leads the NHL in wins and has the Lightning fighting to win the division title.” — Myers

Calder Trophy

Leader: Robertson, Stars, 25 (unanimous No. 1)

Runners-up: Alex Nedeljkovic, Hurricanes, 9; Lankinen, 5

Others receiving points: Pius Suter, Blackhawks, 4; Eeli Tolvanen, Predators, 2

Leader last week: Robertson, 23 (four first-place votes)

Why I picked Robertson: “He has given ‘Dollar Bill’ Kaprizov a run for his money in the Calder race NHL-wide. But will he have done enough to win the trophy?” — Cotsonika

 

SCOTIA NORTH DIVISION

Hart Trophy

Leader: Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers, 25 (unanimous No. 1)

Runners-up: Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs, 15; Leon Draisaitl, Oilers, 3

Others receiving points: Mitchell Marner, Maple Leafs, 1; Mark Scheifele, Jets, 1

Leader last week: McDavid, 25 (unanimous No. 1)

Why I picked McDavid: “One hundred points in a shortened season? McDavid has the ability to make the impossible possible and he’s going to make a lot of voting for postseason awards easy.” — Tim Campbell, staff writer

Norris Trophy

Leader: Darnell Nurse, Oilers, 25 (unanimous No. 1)

Runners-up: Tyson Barrie, Oilers, 6; Quinn Hughes, Vancouver Canucks, 4; Morgan Rielly, Maple Leafs, 4; Jeff Petry, Montreal Canadiens, 4

Others receiving points: Thomas Chabot, Ottawa Senators, 1; Neal Pionk, Jets, 1

Leader last week: Nurse, 25 (unanimous No. 1)

Why I picked Nurse: “He has turned into the No. 1 defenseman the Oilers have been searching for a long time. The offensive upside has always been there, but it’s been his ability to shut down the opposition’s top guns that has been particularly impressive.” — Zeisberger

Vezina Trophy

Leader: Connor Hellebuyck, Jets, 21 (three first-place votes)

Runners-up: Mike Smith, Oilers, 16 (two first-place votes); Jack Campbell, Maple Leafs, 4

Others receiving points: Thatcher Demko, Canucks, 2; Jacob Markstrom, Calgary Flames, 2

Leader last week: Hellebuyck, 25 (unanimous No. 1)

Why I picked Hellebuyck: “Jets coach Paul Maurice said in March that Hellebuyck is ‘the best goalie I’ve ever had and it’s not particularly close,’ a true testament to how valuable he has been. His ability to bounce back after a bad game is one reason he’s gained the trust of his teammates night in and night out.” — Mike G. Morreale, staff writer

Calder Trophy

Leader: Josh Norris, Senators, 21 (three first-place votes)

Runners-up: Tim Stutzle, Senators, 19 (two first-place votes); Alexander Romanov, Canadiens, 2; Nils Hoglander, Canucks, 2

Others receiving points: Juuso Valimaki, Flames, 1

Leader last week: Norris, 21 (three first-place votes)

Why I picked Norris: “He wasn’t the biggest name among rookies this season, but it’s clear he’s opened some eyes about what his eventual ceiling can be.” — Benjamin

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