Frozen Fantasy: 2021-22 Award Watch

Frozen Fantasy: 2021-22 Award Watch

This article is part of our Frozen Fantasy series.

I've had a lot of time to think, given all the PPDs. And my mind recently wandered to awards. So why not predict?

I won't bet on these. OK, I might on a few.

I might win a mother load on the Lady Byng. Let's take a look.

Hart (most valuable for his team) Alex Ovechkin. He's carried the Caps, who are aging quickly, to near the top of the East. Connor McDavid is a stud, but this is Ovechkin's year. We're witnessing history. Sit back and soak it in.

Ted Lindsay Award (most outstanding player) Alex Ovechkin. Who else? The man is on a mission and he does it with a smile, even in his 17th NHL season. His peers will reward him. 

Vezina (best goalie) Andrei Vasilevskiy. He IS the Bolts. It's not Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov or Victor Hedman. Since Vasi went into COVID-19 protocols, the Bolts have been a train wreck. There's no goalie more valuable to his team. And his skills are truly special.

Norris (top all-round defender) Victor Hedman. His scoring this season – all of 2021, for that matter – has been outstanding. And he's done it without Nikita Kucherov on the ice. Add in Hedman's two-way dominance and he wins again.

Calder (top rookie) Trevor Zegras. This guy's vision is already elite among the elite. He's that special. He's going to outstrip Lucas Raymond and Moritz Seider with ease.

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Janet Eagleson
Janet Eagleson is a seven-time Finalist and four-time winner of the Hockey Writer of the Year award from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. She is a lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan, loved the OHL London Knights when they were bad and cheers loudly for the Blackhawks, too. But her top passion? The World Junior Hockey Championships each and every year.
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