Sunday, November 12, 2006
The NHL season is still in its early parts, so any award picks are clearly premature. Nevertheless, they are fun to make in order to see how things change throughout the year. I have picked Sidney Crosby as the best forward so far this season, though he has strong challenges from Marian Hossa and Jaromir Jagr. I have picked Manny Fernandez as the best goalie so far this season, though he has competition from Marty Turco and Jean-Sebasatien Giguere. On defence, the best player has been Nicklas Lidstrom, although he faces his strongest challenge to that position from Chris Pronger, his lead is larger than in the other positions. Nicklas Lidstrom leads the NHL in +/- with a +17 rating. He has 14 points in 16 games and has been a power on the Red Wings blueline for almost 26 minutes a game. That is why I pick Nicklas Lidstrom as the MVP of the season to date. Interestingly, when James Mirtle made 10 early picks for the Hart he entirely missed Lidstrom.
Marion Hossa would be my choice right now. He's playing solid. Manny Fernandez is a given. The guy stands on his head every game. While Nicky Lidstrom is leading in plus/minus, it's a tight race for the D men. It will come down to who stays healthy and consistent.Post a Comment