With respect to the 2019 NHL Awards which were recently held in Las Vegas on Wednesday, June 19th, 2019, theBRKDWN’s very own End to End Puck Talk hosts, Andrew and Tomas put together their very own 2019 Fantasy Hockey Awards.
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Awarded to the player with the most goals (G) in the regular season.
Winner – Alexander Ovechkin (51 G)
Saying Ovi knows how to score goals would be an understatement. Ovechkin led the NHL in goals for the 6th time in the last seven seasons, and for his 8th time since he entered the league 12 seasons ago back in 2007-08. The Russian stud put up 89 points in 81 games played this season, which is his season best since the 2009-10 season. Ovi is a pure goal scoring machine.
Awarded to the player with the most assists (A) in the regular season.
Winner – Nikita Kucherov (87 A)
Kuch is taking this award home by a landslide. He assisted 12 more goals than the runner up, Connor McDavid (75 A). Kucherov shocked a lot of hockey fans this season after leading the NHL in assists and points and set a personal season high for goals (41), assists (87) AND points (128) this year. Kucherov even broke some impressive records, such as scoring the most points in a season by a Russian born player (previous record was Alexander Mogilny with 127 points) and tied the record for most assists by a winger in an NHL season with 87 apples.
Hands In The Air Award
Awarded to the player with the best plus/minus rating in the regular season.
Winner – Mark Giordano (+39 rating)
Giordano’s arms must be sore after having them in the air for so long, given his time on ice to celebrate goals with his teammates. It’s also worth mentioning that the Flame’s captain is an impressive +94 in his NHL career.
Faceoff Guru Award
Awarded to the player with the most faceoffs won (FW) in the regular season.
Winner – Ryan O’Reilly (1,086 FW)
Perhaps the most overlooked stat in all of hockey is faceoff wins. Ryan O’Reilly is this years fantasy hockey “Faceoff Guru” with a total of 1,086 faceoffs won of 1,910 faceoffs taken with a 56.9% faceoff percentage.
Bruised Bones Award
Awarded to the player with the most shot blocks (BLK) in the regular season.
Winner – Andy Greene (208 BLK)
Not only are Andy Greene’s bones bruised but they’re almost close to rotting. He just finished up his 13th season in the NHL at 36 years of age. His 208 shot blocks added to his career total of 1,619 shot blocks, making him 12th on the all-time shot blocking list.
Glass Rattler Award
Awarded to the player with the most hits (HIT) in the regular season.
Winner – Ryan Reaves (305 HIT)
After averaging a career high of 10:52 time on ice per game this season, The Muffin Man managed to throw a whopping number of 305 hits in 80 games played this season. Physicality was not the only thing on Reavo’s mind this season after he set a career high in points this season (20 PTS) as well.
Everything On Net Award
Awarded to the player with the most shots on goal (SOG) in the regular season.
Winner – Nathan MacKinnon (365 SOG)
MacKinnon took 24 more shots than the runner up (Patrick Kane) for this award. Oh baby did firing all those pucks on net sure pay off for Nathan MacKinnon, because he set a personal best for most goals (41 G) and points in a season (99 PTS).
Extra Man Specialist Award
Awarded to the player with the most power-play points (PPP) in the regular season.
Winner – Nikita Kucherov (48 PPP)
His ability to distribute the puck at a fast rate is eye catching and the league’s best when up a man. Kucherov had 8 more points on the power-play then teammate Steven Stamkos who was second in this category and the most since the 2006/07 season where Crosby hit 61 power-play points.
Man Down Award
Awarded to the player with the most short handed points (SHP) in the regular season.
Winner – Michael Grabner (6 G and 3 A for a total of 9 SHP)
One of the fastest players across the NHL, Grabner’s ability to pull away from opponents on breakways and the penalty kill is remarkable. Arizona held the NHL’s second best penalty kill at 7.1% and that had a lot to do with Michael Grabner.
Sin Bin Min(utes) Award
Awarded to the player with the most penalty minutes (PIM) in the regular season.
Winner – Evander Kane (153 PIM)
Not the most prestigious award on this list but San Jose Sharks forward, Evander Kane takes it home this year. His playing style is very tough and intimidating which is well suited for being in that mean Pacific division.
Most Clutch Award
Awarded to the player with the most game-winning goals (GWG) scored in the regular season.
Winner – Phil Kessel (10 GWG)
Phil the Thrill collects theBRKDWN sports “Most Clutch Award” for most GWG this past season for the Penguins. His great snapshot is one of the league’s best and has been for years now. Kessel also collected 82 points in 82 games this season for the Pens and his 10 GWG’s are incredible considering his teammates include Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
Goose Egg Award
Awarded to the goaltender with the most shutouts (SO) in the regular season.
Winner – Segei Bobrovsky (9 SO)
With all the contract talks happening around the Russian goalie, Bobrovsky was a big part for Columbus this past year. Although he didn’t play his best and his stats were not amazing he still lead the entire NHL in shutouts which is a great accomplishment.
Fluffy Pillows Award
Awarded to the goaltender with the most saves (SV) in the regular season.
Winner – Connor Hellebuyck (1872 SV)
The starting goaltender for the Winnipeg Jets, Connor Hellebuyck, faced lots of shots this past season. With some of the regular Jets defenseman out with injuries for most of the season, it was difficult for Hellebuyck to be completely comfortable behind his new defenders. Although Hellebuyck’s GAA (2.90) was not the greatest, his SV% was pretty good at .913 in his 63 appearances along with a whopping 1872 saves for the Jets this season.