Thursday, June 14, 2007

NHL Awards voting tallies

Well, these are numbers that you usually don't see in widespread circulation for whatever reason, but vote the totals for every trophy were available from the media centre and I thought I might as well make them available there.

The only ones I don't have every single vote listed for here are the Selke and the Lady Byng which had 68 and 77 different players receiving votes. I've got those numbers as well, and would be happy to email them to any interested parties.

The trophy voting, in alphabetical order:

I mentioned this during the live blog over at the AOL Fanhouse, but there are some goofy selections down toward the bottom. The right player won in Malkin, but again defencemen get shortchanged — especially given the year Vlasic had this season.

Further down the list, I can't fathom how anyone had Brule (19 points, 79 games), Girardi (only 34 games played) and Harding (just seven games played) making the Top 5 under any configuration.

It's hard to believe, also, that a player like Kopitar can have as good a season as he did and not even slip in as a nominee. A strong rookie field yet again.

It's hard to believe but 17 of the league's 30 teams were represented in the coach of the year voting. The Vigneault/Ruff voting was extremely close, which is fair, although it's nice to see Vigneault win given the toiling he did in junior and the minors between head coaching jobs.

He's been away from his family for a long time, something that shows his extreme dedication to his work.

The insane thing is that a few coaches whose teams didn't make the postseason received votes, namely Quenneville and Maurice (the Murray selection isn't all that nutty given what he accomplished with that ragtag bunch), and one guy who was canned (Julien) had more than a few votes.

Ted Nolan and Randy Carlyle deserved more votes here.

Ah, yes, the Lady Byng. No trophy's votes were more spread out than for this booby prize, and there were some zany names in the lower reaches of the tallies. Miikka Kiprusoff had a third-place vote, Martin Brodeur received one fourth-place vote, while Roberto Luongo and Cam Ward had a fifth-place one apiece.

Goalies for the Byng — there's a new one.

Kyle Wellwood finished 24th with 21 points despite not recording a penalty minute this season, and defencemen not named Lidstrom or Kaberle barely register here (the next highest blueliner is Mark Streit in 32nd).

No goons received votes, although Jarome Iginla's an interesting selection. Maybe if they change the definition of what this award is given out for, more respected "tough guys with class" will win the thing.

I'm afraid we have a problem here. Tom Preissing, Keith Carney and Kevin Bieksa, while all competent defencemen, should never, ever receive votes for the Norris Trophy. Bryan McCabe's presence is also troubling given the season he had, but at least he plays more than Preissing's 15 minutes a night.

The right player, however, won the thing, so who's complaining?

Even Brind'Amour noted in his acceptance press conference that he didn't understand the voting for this one.

It's absolutely all over the place, and on the low end, there are some downright absurd selections. Keith Tkachuk, Dany Heatley, Jaromir Jagr, Alex Radulov and Michael Nylander all receive at least one vote as the league's top defensive forward. Vanek finishes in 14th, despite playing soft minutes and never seeing any time on the penalty kill all season.

Plus minus does not a good defensive forward make.

Pahlsson should have won, and his performance this postseason makes this result look silly. Brind'Amour's a terrific player, but he's not used in a shutdown role and struggled all year at even strength.

This is a tough one for Luongo, and I'm not kidding when I say that the overrepresenation of the New York market among the voters may have been a factor here. Luongo will almost certainly win a Vezina in his career, but this was an incredibly close race, and Brodeur did have an unreal season.

Still, it's hard to believe Luongo goes home empty-handed tonight.

Looking at the votes, this was definitely a two-horse race, with the third-place ballots being scattered among a handful of other worthy candidates. It's nice to see Backstrom recognized here given how well he played late in the season.

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At 1:52 a.m., June 15, 2007, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Thanks, James, for the look-see.

Pahlsson should have won, and his performance this postseason makes this result look silly. Brind'Amour's a terrific player, but he's not used in a shutdown role and struggled all year at even strength.

I'm kicking myself for never putting a post together on this, despite pulling some data (too much postseason :P), but I'll get one up in the next few days. I thought Pahlsson and Pandolfo were both good choices, but point totals and name recognition I guess decided the Selke once again.

At 8:06 a.m., June 15, 2007, Anonymous Rachael said...

I think Preissing was in there because he had the best +/- for a lot of the season. That said, I can't believe he would be there in front of Phillips or Volchenkov. Like you said, trophy did go to the most deserving player.

At 8:15 a.m., June 15, 2007, Blogger Road Apples said...

Sometime last year I went on a fruitless search for historical awards voting. Why are those totals kept under lock and key? Thanks for the 2007 numbers James.


At 8:32 a.m., June 15, 2007, Blogger stevied said...

This is awesome stuff here, James. I've always wanted to see these types of totals.

After seeing the full voting results, you just can't take any of the placings in the bottom half seriously - this happens in baseball all the time. You always get at least one writer who just picks one of his favourite players for the 5th place vote, for shi!s and giggles or to just perhaps give the guy a little undeserved recognition. It rarely ever turns out that a 5th place vote will make a difference.

I can't really argue with any of the "nominees" for the awards and outside of not Pahlson I can't argue with any of the winners. (And to be fair, being an east coaster I never had watched Pahlson play until these playoffs so my vote comes after these ballots were cast).

At 10:08 a.m., June 15, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Brind'Amour won because of a combination of two factors:

1. no one really knows what to base this award on, so it often ends up being a guy who we all think is really good but who doesn't get a lot of points

2. in hindsight, some people might think he didn't get enough recognition for what a great year he had last year (e.g., I'll bet a lot of people think he should have won the Conn Smyth)

At 10:42 a.m., June 15, 2007, Blogger FAUXRUMORS said...

1) Isn't the Verzina voted by the NHL's GM's? How then could the "overrepresenation of the New York market among the voters" be a factor?
2) Each gets only one vote. So the Rangers (who had their own candidate up for the award) and Isles GM's were the deciding votes here?

At 11:26 a.m., June 15, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A bit of a subconscious focus on the northeast could definitely be inferred from Crosby's noting "Marty and Vinny's" outstanding seasons during on his Pearson acceptance speec.

Considering Luongo was nominated and Brodeur was not, it was a bit of a non-Freudian slip.

At 11:41 a.m., June 15, 2007, Blogger Cat said...

In terms of the Vezina, I remember back when Brodeur was early in his career and standing on his head in net. Each year, though, he went up against Hasek and Hasek won. It's time Marty deserves the recognition of what an outstanding goalie he has been not only this season but throughout his entire career. In a few years then it'll be Luongo's time.

At 12:31 p.m., June 15, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somebody actually gave Luongo a third place vote. I'm guessing it was Doug Risebrough, who elected to give his second place vote to Backstrom.

At 1:15 p.m., June 15, 2007, Blogger saskhab said...

It was either Risebrough or Martin that picked Backstrom over Luongo. lol

Actually, if you look at the numbers, Brind'Amour won because he was on the most ballots. Pahlsson had more 1st place votes but name recognition definitely won out. Brind'Amour had more 4th place votes than any other placing.

The day that Playfair is revealed to be the only playoff bound coach not given a single vote for the Adams, he is replaced. lol

At 1:34 p.m., June 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

James - Thanks for this, it made for an interesting read.

I don't get your Vezina comment though.

16 GM's thought that Brodeur was the best goalie, while 14 voted for Luongo. The voting presumably broke down along conference lines, with Minny being the sole Western exception.

What do the New York media have to do with it?


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