The Puck Wave’s NHL Midseason Awards

NHL Midseason Awards

The 2021-22 NHL season is now halfway over. After the All-Star game concluded I sat down, looked at the stats, asked around, and determined my Midseason NHL awards. 

 I talked with my fellow “Thepuckwave” boys of Instagram (give a follow) and decided we all would vote for who we think the midseason Hart, Norris, Vezina, Calder, and Jack Adams should be. 

Here were the results for our NHL Midseason Awards

NHL Midseason Awards

Hart Trophy

Jackson: Jonathan Huberdeau, FLA

Stephen: Leon Draisaitl, EDM

Jakob: Connor McDavid, EDM

Andrew: Connor McDavid, EDM

Sennix: Auston Mathews, EDM 

  This award, at least right now, is a toss-up. There has been no shortage of goals scored by any of these players listed above, especially in Edmonton. I expect this award to be neck and neck throughout the season.

NHL Midseason Awards

Norris Trophy

Jackson: Cale Makar, COL 

Stephen: Cale Makar, COL 

Jakob: Cale Makar, COL

Andrew: Cale Makar, COL 

Sennix: Cale Makar, COL

  Well, Cale Makar certainly has made an impression this year, and clearly has our attention. Makar has 18 goals with 26 assist this season and is still rolling along. The Norris could get tight down the stretch with Hedman, and Rosi having great seasons too but as of right now it’s Makars to lose. A popular choice for NHL Midseason Awards

NHL Midseason Awards

Vezina Trophy 

Jackson: Igor Shesterkin, NYR

Stephen: Frederik Anderson, CAR

Jakob: Igor Shesterkin, NYR

Andrew: Igor Shesterkin, NYR

Sennix: Igor Shesterkin, NYR

  The Vezina trophy is another toss-up race at the point in the season. The goalies who have had a great year, have really had a great year and there have been quite a few. 

NHL Midseason Awards

Calder Trophy 

Jackson: Lucas Raymond, DET

Stephen: Trevor Zegras, ANH 

Jakob: Trevor Zegras, ANH 

Andrew: Moritz Seider, DET

Sennix: Moritz Seider, DET

  Now the Calder, a trophy that it seems most years has a wide range of options and again, that is the case. Raymond and Seider got started hot and neither have looked back, but hold on because Trevor Zegras came to the party, maybe slightly late, but it doesn’t matter because he is here and he is fully in the mix. A name to watch in this race is Minnesota Wild rookie Matt Boldy who is hot as well, with four goals and six assists in just 10 games played since his recall. 

NHL Midseason Awards

Jack Adams Award

Jackson: Dean Evason

Stephen: Jared Bednar

Jakob: Andrew Brunette

Andrew: Dean Evason

Sennix: Andrew Brunette

  Now onto maybe the most controversial award of them all..the coach of the year, well in our case, the coach of the “half-year”. Dean Evason shows up on two Wild fans lists, yes, but he has also had a tremendous year. The Wild are one of the best teams in the NHL this year and they’ve stayed that way despite a lot of injury trouble. Alright enough with the promotion of Dean. Bednar is the coach of maybe the most dangerous team in the league, he is a coach that does not find his team in trouble often.

Now onto maybe my favorite selection thanks to Jakob and Sennix, Andrew Brunette. Brunette took over early in the season after the firing of Joel Quenneville. He has only helped the Panthers to be a historic scoring team. The Panthers were my favorite to win the Cup at the beginning of the season and in Brunette’s hands(who scored the most historic goal in Wild history)I feel even more confident. 

There it is, our NHL Midseason Awards, now on to the second half. We will be back with our Puck Wave full season awards!

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