The Awards That Flames Did Not Win

The NHL Awards are complete, and with their completion comes the reveal of the voting break-downs for the various awards. We’ve already dug into the voting breakdown for the awards that Calgary Flames representatives won – the Jack Adams and the Lady Byng – but how did the Flames fare in the awards they didn’t take home?

Here are the voting breakdowns, via the NHL’s public relations department, of the available tallies for awards Flames didn’t bring home

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Super sophomore Sean Monahan appeared on four Selke ballots, and even got a first-place vote. He wasn’t considered a high-end contender, and probably won’t for awhile, but it shows that his reputation as a 200-foot player is growing rather nicely around the league.

[Voting conducted by Professional Hockey Writers Association members.]

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Not surprising: Mark Giordano finishing pretty high-up, even though he missed the final 21 games of the regular season. He beat out Duncan Keith, which is pretty interesting in itself.

Surprising: T.J. Brodie and Dennis Wideman, and their voting tallies. Wideman was on four ballots (all 5th-place votes), while Brodie received just the single 3rd-place vote. Weird.

Also, in terms of year-end All-Star voting: Giordano finished 6th (with 153 points and 8 first-place votes), with Dennis Wideman 18th (9 points) and T.J. Brodie 21st (4 points).

[Voting conducted by PHWA members.]

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Three first-place votes for Brad Treliving, in his first season in his job, in a year where he didn’t do a whole heck of a lot outside of a Corban Knight-for-Drew Shore swap, grabbing David Schlemko off waivers, and trading away Curtis Glencross and Sven Baertschi for draft picks.

[Voting conducted by a 40-member panel of GMs, executives, and media.]

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There’s gonna be a lot of shouting about “East Coast Bias” here. Well, Forsberg plays in the Eastern time zone and got creamed by Gaudreau, so I don’t know how much water that holds. But Ekblad’s ability to eat up minutes like a veteran and Stone’s great late-season push probably seemed flashier than Gaudreau’s consistent play all season – the first five games of the year notwithstanding.

Gaudreau also finished in a tie for 9th among left-wingers in the voting for the year-end All-Star Teams.

[Voting conducted by PHWA members.]

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I was a bit surprised to see Hudler so high-up in Hart voting, particularly with a single first-place vote on a team that finished where it did. Even more surprising? The year-end All-Star voting, which saw Hudler get votes for all three forward positions.

He was on 65 ballots as a right-winger (finishing 3rd), 2 ballots as a center and 1 ballot as a left-wing. It’s not quite as bad as Alex Ovechkin getting voted in for two different positions, nor did the three errant votes cost him a win – he was a distant third on the right side – but it is a bit of a head-scratcher considering the PHWA has been pretty adamant (since the Ovechkin debacle) about getting players’ positions correct when voting.

[Voting conducted by PHWA members.]

  • FinFlamesFan

    Seriously Hudler got votes for all three forward positions for all-star. Who are the idiots that are allowed to vote like this. The same group of yahoos that voted Ovechkin for right and left wing the other year I guess.

    Hey hockey writers try enjumecating yourselves.

    I wonder what city the 3 people who voted Treliving first come from, I like the guy but what’s up guys.

    • FinFlamesFan

      The same donkeys who thought Wideman was the 5th best dman in the league. I know it was only 5 voters out of 157, but come on. And Carlisle for Jack Adams? That’s kinda like spoiling your ballot I guess.

    • JumpJet

      To be fair, lists Hudler as a Center for some reason. And most people around here seem to think he’s a converted Left Wing, even though he isn’t.

      • CutterMcAwesome

        No no no, If your a PROFESSIONAL hockey writer and you dont know his position… might be time to find another job. Is there a list of everyone that got a ballot? I would love to guess what idiot voted for Carlyle.

  • MonsterPod

    Norris was a bit weird with DD finishing with significantly more 1st place votes than Karlsson, but the Kings missed the playoffs, so yeah. 2 gold medals and 2 cups make up for it, I guess.

    Curious to see how Gio does next year. Here’s hoping he runs away with it again right off the hop.

    Surprised Mark Stone finished ahead of Johnny. Didn’t expect a third place finish for JG, so that does look like an east coast bias. Stone is older and has played parts in 3 seasons now. I thought that would factor in more. But whatever. I’m just glad the kid is a Flame.

    I have this weird feeling that Sam Bennett is gonna be really really good, like he might actually challenge Eichel and McDavid for the Calder next year. It’s just a hunch, so we shall see.

    So happy for Hartley. What a good dude. Thank you BB/BT for seeing this too. Loving the direction and trajectory of the team.


    • JumpJet

      I think Bennett’s late season and playoff experience is going to pay off big time. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s leading rookie scoring for the first 1/4 to 1/3 of the season. I think it is unrealistic to expect Bennett to beat out McDavid for the Calder, though, as sweet as that would be.

    • JumpJet

      Sammy will be in the running for sure… but McDavid is going to probably play on a line with Hall and Eberle.. so he will pile up the points.

      I see Bennett developing into kind of a Toews kind of player though, maybe won’t have the skills that other players have (Crosby, Ovechkin, Tavares, Stamkos, etc.) but an absolute beast in every other way.

    • Joe Flames

      If Gio was hurt the first 20 games of the season everyone would have forgotten about it and he would have been at least a finalist for the Norris.
      Timing is everything.

      On the bright side, his being snubbed probably saves the team a small amount of money on his new deal. Not much though, everyone knows he is top 3-4 in the league at his position.

  • CutterMcAwesome

    Informative and helpful piece, Ryan, as always.

    But just a small correction: Forsberg plays in the Central time zone, not the Eastern.

    By the way, the Norris voting is really interesting. Alex Peitrangelo, who I have regarded as a top-5 D, only gets one vote?