Prior to the entry draft and free agent frenzy, the NHL took a break to celebrate its best players by handing out the leagues 2019 awards,
After dominating the regular season, the Tampa Bay Lightning brought home a trunk full of hardware at the NHL Awards show on Wednesday evening. Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy snagged the Vezina Trophy, while teammate Nikita Kucherov won the Ted Lindsay Award and was named MVP, winning the Hart Trophy, which he won by earning 164 first-place votes. Kucherov had already earned the Art Ross Trophy after leading the NHL with 128 points this season.
Winner: Ryan O’Reilly (Blues)— It’s his third NHL award and first Selke Trophy.
Jun 19, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Ryan O’Reilly is pictured with the Selke Trophy, Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe, and Clarence S Campbell trophy during the 2019 NHL Awards at Mandalay Bay. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
Winner:Elias Pettersson (Canucks) — The Canucks center had an outstanding rookie campaign. He scored 28 goals and earned 66 points in 71 games.
Lady Byng Trophy:Given to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.Aleksander Barkov, Sean Monahan, Ryan O’Reilly.
Winner:Aleksander Barkov (Panthers) — Barkov had four minor penalties this past season, all while earning 96 points.
Winner:Wayne Simmonds (Predators) — The Messier Leadership award is Simmonds’ first-ever individual NHL honor.
Mar 25, 2019; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Nashville Predators forward Wayne Simmonds (17) looks on during the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports