Friday, June 15, 2007

NHL Awards Review

Senators sniper Dany Heatley was the lone Senator to receive recognition at tonight's ceremony in downtown Toronto, earning a first-team All-Star spot as RW for his record season. The 26-year old, fresh off his second season with the team, recorded his second consecutive 50 goal season, just two goals behind Rocket Richard Trophy winner Vincent Lecavalier. Heatley added a personal best 55 assists during the 06-07 season, for a Senators franchise record (and personal best) 105 points. He finished 4th in NHL scoring behind three dynamite centres, Lecavalier (108), Joe Thornton (114) and Art Ross, Lester B. Pearson and Hart winner Sidney Crosby. Rounding out the first all-star team were Alexander Ovechkin at left winger, Crosby at centre, Conn Smythe winner and Stanley Cup Champion Scott Neidermayer and Norris victor Nicklas Lidstrom on defense, with Vezina winner Martin Brodeur in nets. Without a doubt, Heatley finds himself in very illustrious company.

No other Senator managed to place among the top three vote-getters in any category (let alone win one of hockey's celebrated awards), however several Senators did receive consideration for their impressive seasons. They are as follows:

Hart - Most Valuable Player
Dany Heatley 12th (16th in 02-03 with Atlanta and 11th in 05-06 with Ottawa)
Daniel Alfredsson 16th (17th in 03-04 and 5th in 05-06)

Norris - Best Defenseman
Tom Preissing 15th
Chris Phillips 18th
Anton Volchenkov 23rd
(all first-time nominees)

Jack Adams - Best Coach
Bryan Murray 10th (Winner in 83-84, 8th in 84-85, 4th in 85-86, 7th in 88-89 all with Washington; 4th in 91-92, 11th in 92-93 with Detroit; 9th in 05-06 with Ottawa)

Lady Byng - Most Gentlemanly
Daniel Alfredsson 21st (21st in 00-01, 19th in 02-03, 2nd in 03-04, 4th in 05-06)
Tom Preissing 41st

Selke - Best Defensive Forward
Mike Fisher 5th (3rd in 05-06)
Daniel Alfredsson 11th (20th in 02-03, 4th in 05-06)
Chris Kelly 19th
Dany Heatley 47th
Antoine Vermette 50th