From the dominance of Connor McDavid to rookie after rookie after rookie stealing the spotlight, it truly was another remarkable regular season in the NHL.
With another fantasy hockey season officially in the books, it’s time to dish out some hardware! Over the last week, you’ve been able to vote on my seven awards via twitter and have provided some clarity on the matters at hand.
Without further ado, here are my 2016/2017 #Silver7even Fantasy Hockey Excellence Award winners.
The Scott Laughlin Award for Fantasy Hockey MVP
EDM Connor McDavid (56%)
After much deliberation, Connor McDavid got the majority vote and took home the Scott Laughlin Award. What can be said that hasn’t been already? McDavid is good at hockey. The scary thing – he’s only going to get better. Despite notching the resounding victory, several players were worthy of acknowledgement here. At the end of the day, you can’t look past the total stat line for McDavid this season. I’m curious to see how many people who owned McDavid won their respective pools.
RUNNERS UP – BOS Brad Marchand (24%), PIT Sidney Crosby (20%)
The Mick Kern Award for Top Fantasy Goaltender
CBJ Sergei Bobrovsky (57%)
Another landslide and this should coincide with the NHL’s Vezina Trophy too. Bobrovsky is well on his way to his second career best goaltender award. In 63 outings, he compiled a 41-17-5 record with a sparkling 2.06 GAA and a .931 SVP%. The amazing thing is where Bobrovsky was drafted in most leagues. He was an afterthought and you undoubtedly struck gold by drafting/acquiring him.
RUNNERS UP – WSH Braden Holtby (25%), MIN Devan Dubnyk (18%)
The Peter Berce Award for Top Fantasy Defenseman
SJS Brent Burns (61%)
Despite a rough ending to his regular season, Brent Burns was ridiculous this year. 29 goals, 47 assists, 76 points, +19, 25 power play points, 6 game winning goals and 320 shots on goal. With all due respect to Erik Karlsson and Victor Hedman, this debate wasn’t even close. It’s downright astonishing when you look at Burns’ overall fantasy production. He’ll be a top-5 pick in most fantasy drafts next season.
RUNNERS UP – OTT Erik Karlsson (25%), TBL Victor Hedman (14%)
The Matteo Pasculli Award for Top Rookie
TOR Auston Matthews (69%)
When we all look back at this fantasy hockey season, undoubtedly we’ll remember all the amazing rookie performances. Many pundits feel that Matthews will win the Calder Trophy in June and rightfully so. We all knew he was a terrific talent but scoring 40 goals in his first NHL season was ridiculous. Again – he was another player taken later in fantasy drafts. If you owned him, that must’ve been fun. It’s a safe bet to suggest Matthews will be a top-25 pick next year. It’s too bad – any other year and the likes of Patrik Laine would be runaway winners for rookie of the year.
RUNNERS UP – WPG Patrik Laine (27%), TOR William Nylander (4%)
The Tyler Madarasz Award for Breakout Fantasy Player of the Year
CBJ Cam Atkinson (43%)
Similar to Brent Burns, Atkinson and his squad have really struggled to finish off the regular season. That being said, the speedster did plenty this season to draw the attention of fantasy owners. Coming off his 53 point output last season, he seemed well on his way to a 70 point campaign. Unfortunately, he hit a wall but who wouldn’t take a 60+ point season? It was also nice to see him pot his 35th goal in game 82.
RUNNERS UP – BOS David Pastrnak (33%), MIN Mikael Granlund (24%)
The Boomer Gordon Award for Biggest Bust of the Year
LAK Anze Kopitar (48%)
Of the seven awards, you don’t want to win this one. While he’s still highly regarded as one of the best two way players in the world, it was a disastrous offensive season for Kopitar. This season was by far his worst statistical year of his great career. 12 goals and 52 points in 76 games – need I say more? He’s a strong candidate to have a bounce back year next season. By the way, Matt Duchene was a close second in my books. Awful.
RUNNERS UP – COL Matt Duchene (33%), NSH P.K. Subban (19%)
The Jake Hahn Award for Best Sleeper Pick
EDM Leon Draisaitl (46%)
What do you know – another Oiler getting some hardware. It’s amazing how times have finally changed. It was so hard to narrow this down but there’s no doubt all three of these guys deserve special recognition. As you all know, the sleeper success is what makes your money. The body of work for Draisaitl was sensational. He’s really found a home playing with Connor McDavid. The fact that these two have developed some serious chemistry is extra scary for opponents. Not a real bold prediction but I think Draisaitl can reach even greater heights – playing with McDavid must be fun.
RUNNERS UP – CBJ Sergei Bobrovsky (29%), EDM Cam Talbot (25%)
That concludes my fantasy musings for the season.
It’s amazing how quickly this fantasy season really went. Again, it’s been a pleasure bringing this to all of you.
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