NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 22, 2017
The winners at the NHL Awards and the inaugural roster of the Vegas Golden Knights in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid won the Hart Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award in last night’s NHL Awards in Las Vegas. McDavid was also named to the First All-Star Team. The Oilers captain also won the Art Ross Trophy as this season’s leading scorer.
Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron won his fourth Selke Trophy as the top defensive forward, tying Hall of Famer Bob Gainey as the only players to win it four times.
San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns took home the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman, beating out Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson.
Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky won the Vezina Trophy as the top goalie for the second time in his career. His head coach John Tortorella won his second Jack Adams award as coach of the year.
Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews took home the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year. Calgary Flames winger Johnny Gaudreau won the Lady Byng trophy as the most gentlemanly player and Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson won the Masterton Trophy for perseverance after taking time off during this season to be with his wife Nicholle, who was battling cancer. Nashville Predators general manager David Poile is this season’s GM of the Year.
During the Awards show, the league honored former NHL player Bryan Bickell, whose career was cut short by multiple sclerosis.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The only surprise for me was Burns winning the Norris. Not that he doesn’t deserve it but I expected Karlsson would take home the award. I know some folks were upset with Tortorella winning the Adams over Toronto’s Mike Babcock and Edmonton’s Todd McLellan but Torts’ Blue Jackets finished the season with more points than the Leafs and Oilers.
Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, winger James Neal and defenseman Marc Methot are among the notable players making up the Vegas Golden Knights inaugural roster. Here’s a look at the complete list (via TSN)
Teemu Pulkkinen (Coyotes)
William Carrier (Sabres)
Cody Eakin (Stars)
Tomas Nosek (Red Wings)
Jonathan Marchessault (Panthers)
Reilly Smith (Panthers)
Connor Brickley (Hurricanes)
Chris Thorburn (Jets)
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (Flyers)
Nikita Gusev (Lightning)
James Neal (Predators)
Mikhail Grabovski (Islanders)
Brendan Leipsic (Maple Leafs)
David Perron (Blues)
Oscar Lindberg (Rangers)
Erik Haula (Wild)
Alex Tuch (Wild)
William Karlsson (Blue Jackets)
David Clarkson (Blue Jackets)
Luca Sbisa (Canucks)
Jon Merrill (Devils)
Brayden McNabb (Kings)
Jason Garrison (Lightning)
Deryk Engelland (Flames)
Jake Bischoff (Islanders)
Colin Miller (Bruins)
Marc Methot (Senators)
David Schlemko (Sharks)
Griffin Reinhart (Oilers)
Alexei Emelin (Canadiens)
Clayton Stoner (Ducks)
Shea Theodore (Ducks)
Trevor van Riemsdyk (Blackhawks)
Nate Schmidt (Capitals)
Calvin Pickard (Avalanche)
Jean-Francois Berube (Islanders)
Marc-Andre Fleury (Penguins)
The Golden Knights also stocked up on draft picks in trades made with several NHL clubs, including two first-round selections in the upcoming 2017 NHL draft.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some of the players selected by Vegas could end up flipped to other teams in the upcoming days. I’ll have more on that in my Rumors section later this morning.
Whatever the Golden Knights roster eventually looks like, it certainly won’t be a playoff contender next season. However, management is loading up with draft picks and prospects to stock up their youth pipeline. They also picked up several promising players in Theodore, Schmidt, Pickard, Tuch, Karlsson, Haula and Miller who could form this club’s long-term nucleus.