2011 NHL Awards

The Awards gathered on a table for the public to see. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Awards gathered on a table for the public to see. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The NHL Awards, held Wednesday night in Las Vegas, marked the end to the 2010-11 season.

Here’s a look at all the awards, the nominees, my prediction, and the winners:

JAMES NORRIS MEMORIAL TROPHY (Best Defenseman)

Finalists: Zdeno Chara, Boston; Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit; Shea Weber, Nashville

My Prediction: Shea Weber

Winner: Nicklas Lidstrom wins his seventh Norris trophy and becomes just one shy of Bobby Orr‘s record of eight.

NHL MARK MESSIER LEADERSHIP AWARD (Best Leader)

Finalists: Zdeno Chara, Boston; Shane Doan, Phoenix; Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit

My Prediction: Nicklas Lidstrom

Winner: Zdeno Chara, captain of the Stanley Cup-winning Boston Bruins wins the award for his leadership on and off the ice.

FRANK J. SELKE TROPHY (Best Defensive Forward)

Finalists: Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit; Ryan Kesler, Vancouver; Jonathan Toews, Chicago

My Prediction: Ryan Kesler

Winner: Ryan Kesler wins his first Selke and ends Pavel Datsyuk’s run of three consecutive.

JACK ADAMS AWARD (Coach of the Year)

Finalists: Dan Bylsma, Pittsburgh; Barry Trotz, Nashville; Alain Vigneault, Vancouver

My Prediction: Dan Bylsma

Winner: Dan Bylsma wins it as he was able to keep the Pittsburgh Penguins in the playoff hunt without his two top forwards of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

Jeff Skinner topped off his rookie season winning the Calder Trophy. (AP)

Jeff Skinner topped off his rookie season winning the Calder Trophy. (AP)

 

CALDER MEMORIAL TROPHY (Rookie of the Year)

Finalists: Logan Couture, San Jose; Michael Grabner, NY Islanders; Jeff Skinner, Carolina

My Prediction: Jeff Skinner

Winner: Jeff Skinner, the youngest player in the NHL, wins the award after leading all rookies in scoring.

GENERAL MANAGER OF THE YEAR (League’s Top General Manager)

Finalists: Mike Gillis, Vancouver; Steve Yzerman, Tampa Bay; David Poile, Nashville

My Prediction: Steve Yzerman

Winner: Mike Gillis built a team that went to the Stanley Cup Finals, even with a hospital wing full of defensemen.

TED LINDSAY AWARD (MVP Voted by the NHLPA)

Finalists: Corey Perry, Anaheim; Daniel Sedin, Vancouver; Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay

My Prediction: Corey Perry

Winner: Daniel Sedin won his first, breaking Alex Ovechkin‘s run of three straight.

BILL MASTERTON MEMORIAL TROPHY (Player Who Exemplifies Perseverance, Sportsmanship and Dedication)

Finalists: Ray Emery, Anaheim; Daymond Langkow, Calgary; Ian Laperriere, Philadelphia

My Prediction: Ray Emery

Winner: Ian Laperriere wins after he took a puck to the face last season during the first round of the playoffs and made a comeback for the Stanley Cup Finals the same year.

KING CLANCY MEMORIAL TROPHY (Leader On and Off the Ice)

Winner: Doug Weight of the New York Islanders finishes his long career in the NHL with the award.

LADY BYNG MEMORIAL TROPHY (Skillful and Gentlemanly Play)

Finalists: Loui Erksson, Dallas; Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit; Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay

My Prediction: Martin St. Louis

Winner: Martin St. Louis wins his third consecutive Lady Byng after totaling only 12 PIMs.

NHL FOUNDATION PLAYER AWARD (Player Who Enriches the Community)

Finalists: Dustin Brown, Los Angeles; Mike Green, Washington; Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Vancouver

My Prediction: Dustin Brown

Winner: Dustin Brown wins after his third nomination in three years.

Corey Perry is coming home with the Richard and Hart. (AP)

Corey Perry is coming home with the Richard and Hart. (AP)

 

VEZINA TROPHY (Best Goaltender)

Finalists: Roberto Luongo, Vancouver; Pekka Rinne, Nashville; Tim Thomas, Boston

My Prediction: Tim Thomas

Winner: Tim Thomas completed the trifecta by winning the Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe and Vezina all within seven days.

HART MEMORIAL TROPHY (Most Valuable Player)

Finalists: Corey Perry, Anaheim; Daniel Sedin, Vancouver; Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay

My Prediction: Daniel Sedin

Winner: Corey Perry, with his league-leading 50 goals and late-season surge helped him win this prestigious award.

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