Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Lady Byng Leader

I like to keep track of the person who is leading in the race for the major NHL awards as the season progresses. A while ago, I picked Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks as the Lady byng leader. That pick requires some revision. While Marleau is still playing well, there is a player who has passed him in the scoring race who has even less penalty minutes than Marleau. He is Martin St Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning. St Louis is tied for the NHL goal lead with 26 and is currently fourth in the point race with 54 points. He leads all forwards in the NHL in playing time because he is valuable to Tampa in power play, shorthanded and even strength situations. He has done all this with only 12 penalty minutes. This is a lesser penalty minute total then any other player currently in the top forty scorers in the league. Martin St Louis is having a very good season and is very worthy of the Lady Byng right now.

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