Gaudreau, Granlund, Tarasenko named Lady Byng finalists

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Johnny Gaudreau from the Calgary Flames, Mikael Granlund from the Minnesota Wild and Vladimir Tarasenko from the St. Louis Blues have been chosen as the three finalists for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.

The award is given “to a player (that) exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.”

Gaudreau, 23, passed the 60-point mark for the third time in three seasons this year. He also set a new personal best with only four penalty minutes, which was tied for the fewest among skaters who played a minimum of 41 games. This is the second time Gaudreau has been nominated for an award, having finished third in voting for the Calder Memorial Trophy in 2014-15.

Granlund, 25, posted career bests in goals (26), assists (43) and points (69), leading the Wild in scoring. He also had a franchise-record 12-game point streak from Jan. 12 to Feb. 4. Granlund finished the season with 12 penalty minutes, which was tied for the fewest among the league’s top 30 scorers. If he wins, Granlund would become the first Minnesota Wild player to win the Lady Byng.

Tarasenko, 25, finished fourth in the NHL with 39 goals and set a career-high with 75 points. He appeared in all 82 games for the first time in his five-year career. Like Granlund, Tarasenko also posted only 12 penalty minutes, a career-low total. If he wins, he will be the first Blues player to win the Lady Byng since Pavol Demitra in the 1999-2000 season.

The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy winner is chosen by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

All NHL award winners will be announced on June 21 in Las Vegas.

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