Thursday, June 14, 2007

2007 Hart Trophy voting

No problems here, and especially not in comparison to the downright wacky voting for some of the other trophies revealed tonight.

Perhaps the only surprise is in the fact 26 different players received votes for the Hart, but there's no one here who stands out as unworthy. The votes do, however, highlight how poorly represented defencemen are for this one traditionally, as just three defenders get even one measly vote.

That's not enough.



At 1:50 p.m., June 15, 2007, Anonymous Frank said...

It is time the NHL adopted dual winners for each award - a Western Confernce and an Eastern Conference winner - just like Major League Baseball does.

Having one winner made sense when the league had 6 teams, or 12 teams or even 20 teams. But now with 30 teams - and the possibility of going to 32 teams it is time to have Conference winners.

Second, with the league now going to an unbalanced schedule, where each team has only 10 inter-conference games each year, it is almost impossible to compare player statistics and performances between Conferences.

For example lets say Sidney Crosby was traded to the LA Kings (a la Gretzky) and had to play against the likes of Giguere, Nabokov, Turco, Luongo, Kiprusoff, Backstrom and Hasek on a regular basis. Also, he would have to play against the the tighter checking, and trapping defences employed in the West. Do you really believe he would have still racked up 120 points. I don't think so.

In more likelyhood he would have had less than 100 points and have finished behind Joe Thornton (114) and Joe Sakic (100).

Also, there is an inherent eastern voting bias in the awards. Most eastern voters see few western games because of the time zone differences (the western games are on too late at night to watch) while western voters see both conferences.

This was recently evident when eastern hockey pundits almost unanomously predicted Ottawa the winner over Anahiem, while wetern pundits were split about 75/25 predicting Anahiem. Its clear the eastern pundits knew very little about Anahiem, as they rarely saw them during the year. So how can they fairly compare players between Conferences when voting on awards.

Finally, where is the NHLPA on this issue. They should be demanding this change.

At 3:42 a.m., June 19, 2007, Blogger Joseph said...

No problems here? What NHL do you watch, because it obviously consists of mostly eastern conference teams. Any hockey fan that figures Crosby had a greater impact than Luongo's in the success of their respective teams this year, probably lives out east, and cheers for an eastern team. Crosby, while outstanding, had a tremendous wealth of young talent around him to make his life that much easier. Luongo on the other hand had little more than a subpar offence and an often injured blueline. If you actually think that Crosby was more deserving, you need to pull your head out of your ass, and watch some Canucks games next year.


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