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Giordano, Rittich among oddsmaker award contenders

We’re almost a third of the way through the 2018-19 schedule and the awards races are becoming a little bit clearer. As such, the oddsmakers at Bodog have updated their projections for the big NHL awards and a couple Calgary Flames are among the big contenders for hardware.

The 35-year-old Giordano is seemingly ageless, as he’s managed to push his way into the Norris conversation as he’s progressed through his 30s. Since becoming Flames captain in 2013-14 at the age of 30, he’s finished in the following spots in the Norris balloting:

  • 2013-14: 10th
  • 2014-15: 6th
  • 2015-16: 13th
  • 2016-17: 8th
  • 2017-18: 16th

He has 24 points in 27 games to start this season.

Arguably the bigger odds shock is the presence of David Rittich near the top of Vezina Trophy favourites. He’s 8-2-1 with a 2.21 goals against average and .924 save percentage through his first 13 games of this season, with his underlying numbers outshining Mike Smith in the Flames’ net so far.

According to Bodog, the Flames are also the leading contender to win the Pacific Division crown and in the mix to win the Western Conference playoff pennant.

For the curious, the Professional Hockey Writers Association votes on the Hart, Norris, Selke, Masterton, Lady Byng, All-Star and All-Rookie Teams. The NHL Broadcasters Association votes on the Jack Adams Award, while the league’s general managers vote on the Vezina Trophy.

  • cjc

    The PHWA will screw the Norris voting up as they usually do. But Rittich in the top 10 for Vezina voting is a bit much. Gio still gets much tougher circumstances than the guys ahead of him on the odds chart. Because he plays for Calgary, the PHWA is not paying attention. How a guy that is injured and a guy who is the top D on the league’s worst team deserve better odds makes no sense.