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NHL Awards Picks Part 2

April 13, 2010
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Now that the regular season has come to a close, its time for us to make our picks on the NHL Awards.  We here at Blackhawks Down Low don’t get votes like the guys who write for the newspapers, but if we could, these would be our picks. We’ve included our predictions on which player will win based on the actual votes and who we think should win. Here’s part 2 of 2.

Vezina Trophy

ChiBlackhawks: Will go to and should go to Ryan Miller. He’s been stellar all season. Not 100% of the season, but as close as we can get to that.

Andrew: Will go to Ryan Miller.  Olympics might not officially count for the award, but go ahead and try to tell me that people won’t have that in the back of their minds when voting.

I think Miller should get it, but I just want to give an honorable mention to Ilya Bryzgalov and Craig Anderson.  Both of those guys essentially played way above their expected levels and put their teams into the playoffs.

Selke Trophy

ChiBlackhawks: Will go to Pavel Datsyuk. See the Ovechkin rationale. Also, he had 160-something takeaways. The man’s a pickpocket of the highest degree.

Should go to Jonathan Toews, because I can’t think of anybody else who isn’t named Ryan Kesler.

Andrew: Will go to Pavel Datsyuk because his name is perpetually engraved into the trophy for a reason. This goal probably clinched it for him if the entire season wasn’t enough. (Click here for video since I refuse to post it in here).

Kane would probably win it if he wasn’t so damn lazy.  Should have spent the summer lifting weights instead of punching cab drivers. (THIS IS A JOKE)

Norris Memorial Trophy

ChiBlackhawks: Will go to Duncan Keith because Mike Green is made for snubbing. Sorry, Caps fans.
Should go to Duncan Keith, despite the dip in performance, because I’m biased. Also, maybe Mike Green’s good enough to be a shutdown kind of guy too, but his coach doesn’t seem to think so, or he’d be playing more PK minutes, amirite?
Andrew: Will go to Duncan Keith.  Even though he had a bit of a hard time towards the end of the year, he was the best defenseman throughout the year.  Mike Green can score, but he doesn’t have anything on Dunc in his own zone.
Honorable mention goes to Drew Doughty because this kid is like 3 months younger than me and makes me feel like I’ve wasted my entire life because he’s already a candidate for best defenseman in the NHL. BRB gotta go drop out of school to start playing hockey real quick.
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