Montreal Canadiens Net-Minder cleans up at 2015 NHL Awards
We asked our FanPicks’ FanSpot blog readers to vote for who they thought would win the NHL Hart trophy (M.V.P.) on June 24th 2015 in Las Vegas during the annual Awards show.
As has been the case all season long, our savvy hockey fantasy contest players voted, overwhelmingly, for Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price to come away with the M.V.P. trophy… their votes proved prophetic.
Daily fantasy sports contest general managers continue to prove time and time again that they are astute and knowledgeable in a wide array of athletic competitions.
This comes as no surprise to the folks at FanSpot, quite the contrary, in fact FanPicks’ daily blog boasts the TagLine “Sharpen Your Sports IQ“. As such the readers voting in the offered polls (in the latest case, for the NHL Hart trophy winner), evidentally value arming themselves with as much sports knowledge as possible.
It comes as no surprise that fantasy sports general managers and researchers voted that Carey Price would win in a landslide (68%), what may have been somewhat surprising was the fact that Price cleaned up at the award show, one might even say that it was the Carey Price show. Price opened the night as the evenings first Trophy recipient; winning the Ted Lindsay Award; Most Outstanding Player (selected by members of the NHLPA ).
Below is the list of NHL awards in chronological order :
*Red denotes a trophy won by Carey Price
- Ted Lindsay Award
- Selke Trophy
- Norris Trophy
- Jack Adams Award
- GM of the Year Award
- Rocket Richard Trophy
- King Clancy Award
- Mark Messier Leadership Award
- NHL Foundation Player Award
- Art Ross Trophy
- Calder Trophy
- Vezina Trophy
- William M. Jennings Trophy
- Lady Byng Trophy
- Bill Masterton Trophy
- Hart Trophy
Following his claiming of the night’s inaugural trophy, Carey Price was able to rest (for perhaps the first time in the 2014-2015 NHL season). Astute daily fantasy sports general managers could make an educated guess that the next time Price would be asked to leave his seat would be for the Vezina Trophy; NHL goaltender adjudged to be the best at this position (selected by the NHL 30 General Managers) announcement.
Sure enough, Price did indeed win the Vezina. As effortlessly as an educated fantasy hockey GM picks a “cap-less” winning line-up. This time however the stoic and unflappable Price would not be given the luxury of reclaiming his seat.
Rather the terrific, young (27 year old) goalie would in fact be asked to stay on the stage to be bestowed yet another award. This time, the man who rewrote the 105 year old Montreal Canadiens hockey franchise’s record book, would be called upon to lay claim to the William M. Jennings Trophy; Given to the goaltender(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against it.
2 more trophies would be handed out, allowing a brief respite for Carey Price, until the final and most prestigious award was scheduled to be allocated. The Hart Trophy; Awarded to the player judged most valuable to his team in the National Hockey League (NHL) (selected by members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association).
As with all great fairy tale stories, it doesn’t take a fantasy draft genius to ascertain how this star studded evening would end. Sure enough, Carey Price laid claim the the NHL’s MVP award. Although perhaps the term”laid claim” isn’t fitting enough. The young man from Anaheim Lake, British Columbia did not simply “lay claim” the NHL’s most valuable player trophy.
That would be akin to saying that a daily fantasy sports general manager winning a fantasy hockey draft contest by a “landslide score” over his nearest competitor simply “won” the latest hockey cash draft.
Carey Price did not simply win the Hart Trophy… he won the Hart Trophy “going away”. Leaving the other two nominees in his dust.
1. Carey Price, MTL 1498 Total Points
(139 1st place votes-14 2nd place votes –2 3rd place votes-0 4th place votes-0 5th place votes)
2. Alex Ovechkin, WSH 888 Total Points (8-75-45-18-4)
3. John Tavares, NYI 739 Total Points (4-41-63-27-16)