Dec 4, 2019

December's NHL awards watch

Connor McDavid

Connor McDavid. Photo: Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images

ESPN's Greg Wyshynski released his updated NHL awards watch for December.

The state of play: A month ago, the Buffalo Sabres were the talk of the NHL, but they’re outside the playoff picture now, which has impacted the MVP and coach of the year races.

Hart Trophy (MVP)

  • Leader: Connor McDavid, EDM
  • Finalists: Nathan MacKinnon, COL; David Pastrnak, BOS

Norris Trophy (top defenseman)

  • Leader: John Carlson, WSH
  • Finalists: Dougie Hamilton, CAR; Roman Josi, NSH

Calder Trophy (top rookie)

  • Leader: Cale Makar, COL
  • Finalists: Quinn Hughes, VAN; Victor Olofsson, BUF

Vezina Trophy (top goalie)

  • Leader: Darcy Kuemper, ARI
  • Finalists: Jordan Binnington, STL; Connor Hellebuyck, WPG

Selke Trophy (best defensive forward)

  • Leader: Sean Couturier, PHI
  • Finalists: Patrice Bergeron, BOS; Mark Stone, VGS

Jack Adams Award (best coach)

  • Leader: Barry Trotz, NYI
  • Finalists: Dave Tippett, EDM; Rick Tocchet, ARI

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