Wysh List: Breaking down the 2019 NHL Awards nominations

It is an yearly rite that seemed to skip a year: Where was the regular outrage over the NHL Awards nominations? The nominations appeared to arrive and then depart the public awareness quicker than that“Hellboy“ remake with Chief Hopper from“Stranger Things.“
Part of me hopes that it’s because the Professional Hockey Writers Association made it (mostly) right this season. Most of me thinks the award-winning were just overwhelmed with the shock and amazement of the very unpredictable postseason in almost 15 years. It’s tough to get riled up within the Selke Trophy nominations if the Columbus Blue Jackets are winning their first playoff series in franchise history over one of the very successful regular-season teams in hockey history, you understand?
So, as a public service, here’s a breakdown of the big awards and some analysis. I did not incorporate the Masterton Trophy, that will go to Robin Lehner; the Lady Byng, which the referees and linesmen must vote on instead of the authors; and the Mark Messier Leadership Award, a vanity project that needs to have vanished when its sponsorship did.
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Hart Trophy (most valuable player)
Nominees: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins; Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning; Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
Surprisingly absent: Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames
Frustratingly absent: Boston Bruins, Brad Marchand Likely winner: Kucherov
It’s easy to understand the way Connor McDavid became just the sixth player in the past 51 years to become a Hart finalist despite his group not qualifying for the postseason.
Last year, he finished fifth for the award in a year where assistance in the Republicans had crystallized approximately four players: Taylor Hall, Nathan MacKinnon, Anze Kopitar and Claude Giroux. This season, Kucherov was a lock for a finalist. Crosby had support. But beyond them, it was wide open. So McDavid discovered enough votes during his 116-point season, the Oilers‘ putrid numbers without him on the ice and that which we assume is a significant quantity of shame for being stuck in the bottomless abyss of the organization.
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The irony is that through the Oilers finished closer to a playoff spot this season — a still-embarrassing 11-point perimeter — McDavid’s performance was arguably more impressive last season, completing 38 points ahead of Edmonton’s second-leading scorer Leon Draisaitl. The margin was only 11 points this season. Ordinarily, that gap is a leading index of Hart candidates. Unless, obviously, you’re Marchand, who finished 19 points ahead of David Pastrnak but took a back seat to McDavid here.
Obviously, you know I feel all this is moot: McDavid should not win the Hart and shouldn’t be a finalist because his group finished 11 points out of a playoff game. I went into this in greater detail past season, but the abridged version is: The Hart’s description mentions“worth to his group.“ The Hart is not entirely beholden to wins and losses, but it’s not without consideration of the candidate’s team and what worth his functionality holds within the context of the team. Hence, there’s very little value in a performance that results in a team ending far out of the playoffs; in actuality, an individual could assert McDavid’s performance was actually deleterious to the Oilers‘ real need, which had been to increase their draft lottery chances as best as possible.
Without Crosby, the Penguins don’t make the playoffs. With no Kucherov, the Lightning do not challenge history. With no Marchand or Ryan O’Reilly, that were on my own ballot, the Bruins and Blues don’t place where they put in playoff seeds. Without McDavid, the Oilers are… still nowhere near the playoffs. There is a reason only six non-playoff players have been nominated for the Hart, and there is a reason just one of them captured it: Mario Lemieux in 1986, whose team finished two points out of a playoff place. Or, nine closer than McDavid’s staff did this season.

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