It’s a crazy week full of rumours, trades and speculation as to which order the players will be taken in Round 1 of the draft this Friday.
But before we get there, the league is taking time to celebrate the best of the best from the 2018-19 season at the NHL Awards Wednesday night.
The NHL returns to Vegas again for the 2019 awards show, which this year will be hosted by Kenan ‘Knuckle Puck’ Thompson.
As a little reminder, below is the full list of finalists and winners for each award, with links off to stories where you can find more information.
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Hart Trophy: Sidney Crosby, Nikita Kucherov, Connor McDavid
Winner: Nikita Kucherov — Winner of the Ted Lindsay Award and the Hart, Kucherov caps off a wonderful season with two of the top honours.
Vezina Trophy: Ben Bishop, Robin Lehner, Andrei Vasilevskiy
Winner: Andrei Vasilevskiy — He is the second Russian-born goaltender to win the Vezina Trophy.
Norris Trophy: Brent Burns, Mark Giordano, Victor Hedman
Winner: Mark Giordano — With 74 points in 78 games, Giordano takes home his first Norris Trophy.
Selke Trophy: Patrice Bergeron, Ryan O’Reilly, Mark Stone
Winner: Ryan O’Reilly — His third NHL award and first Selke Trophy, O’Reilly adds to an already impressive awards haul this year.
Jack Adams Award: Craig Berube, Jon Cooper, Barry Trotz
Winner: Barry Trotz — Trotz also won the award in 2016 with the Washington Capitals.
Ted Lindsay Award: Connor McDavid, Patrick Kane, Nikita Kucherov
Winner: Nikita Kucherov — With an absurd 128 points this past season, Kucherov claimed the award as voted on by the NHLPA.
Calder Trophy: Elias Pettersson, Jordan Binnington, Rasmus Dahlin
Winner: Elias Pettersson — The Canucks centre dazzled viewers with an unforgettable rookie season. He accumulated 28 goals and 66 points in 71 games.
Lady Byng Trophy: Aleksander Barkov, Sean Monahan, Ryan O’Reilly
Winner: Aleksander Barkov — Barkov had four minor penalties this past season, all while accumulating 96 points.
King Clancy Memorial Trophy: Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Jason Zucker, Henrik Lundqvist
Winner: Jason Zucker — He’s the first player from the Minnesota Wild to win the award. It’s also Zucker’s first NHL honour.
Mark Messier Leadership Award: Mark Giordano, Wayne Simmonds, Justin Williams
Winner: Wayne Simmonds — The Messier Leadership award is Simmonds’ first-ever individual NHL honour.
Masterton Trophy: Nick Foligno, Robin Lehner, Joe Thornton
Winner: Robin Lehner — The Islanders goaltender claims his second award of the year after winning the William M. Jennings Trophy.
GM Of The Year: Doug Armstrong, Don Sweeney, Don Waddell
Winner: Don Sweeney — This is Sweeney’s first-ever NHL award. He constructed the Bruins roster that was one game away from the Stanley Cup.