Saturday, May 21, 2011

NHL Awards Preview

The Nashville Predators are up for four awards at the 2011 NHL Awards in Las Vegas. David Poile, Barry Trotz, Pekka Rinne, and Shea Weber are all finalists for their respective categories. Here is a breakdown of the categories that they have been nominated for:

David Poile- General Manager of the year: Poile has had a great year as a General Manager. He made the off-season signing of Matthew Lombardi(although unforseen circumstances arose due to Lombardi's injury) and he made the midseason acquistion of Mike Fisher. Poile's been known to get the best out of every situation that presents itself. I think Poile has a great shot at winning this award.

Barry Trotz- Jack Adams Award: The Jack Adams Award is given to the best coach of the year in the league. This is the second year in a row that Trotz has been nominated for the award. He did a marvelous job of coaching a depleted roster for the majority of the year, and finally got over the 1st round hump in the playoffs. However, I don't think he's going to win. Expect Dan Byslma of the Pittsburgh Penguins to walk away with this award.

Pekka Rinne- Vezina Trophy: Rinne had the best year of any Nashville Predators player this year. Without him, the Preds would have been battling the Edmonton Oilers for worst record in the West. He was simply sensational all year, and was second only to Tim Thomas in save percentage and GAA. Having said that, I expect Thomas to win this award this year, and he really deserves to.

Shea Weber- Norris Trophy: The Norris Trophy is given to the best defenseman in the game. This doesn't mean the defenseman that puts up the most points offensively. It means the best all-around defenseman. Weber has it all. He's got a bomb of a shot, he's physical, and he is great positionally. I think Weber has a real shot at winning this award over Nick Lidstrom and Zdeno Chara.

The NHL Awards will take place on June 22nd from Las Vegas. We'll see if anybody in the Nashville organization can bring home some hardware.