It was pretty cool to see Doug Weight get the NHL equivalent of "lifetime achievement" award for his leadership on and off the ice, near the rink and far from it in community endeavors.
But the cooler thing may have been what he chose to speak about. The newest Islanders coach/executive/ambassador basically grabbed the mic to tell a national, league-wide audience the same talking points we've heard him give locally: Past the punchlines that date back to the Gang of Four and Mad Mike, there is something nice and legit going on with the Islanders.
Jay Mohr teased the Isles, and that's cool (he teased other lottery teams as well, plus Vancouver fans). But Weight basically said come on and join, because it won't be that way for much longer. Here's to hoping. Video of Weight's acceptance -- peppered by award sponsor U.S. Army in a wild intersection of sports-meets-sponsorship-meets-military industrial complex -- is after the jump along with several other links.
Doug Weight, King Clancy Memorial Trophy Recipient
Here is the Islanders write-up on Weight winning the award.
- Other awards from last night are listed here. No surprises, really. I'll leave out my opinion on the right and wrong calls; suffice to say, when announcing each award they should really remind people who did the voting.
- Michael Grabner did not win the Calder -- and I'm okay with that, given the difference in age between him and Jeff Skinner. (The vote tally, however, was way off.) But Skinner's speech was what you'd expect from an 18-year-old thrust into the spotlight. I'd dare say it was even adorable. (He's also fairly adorable around really hot women with microphones.)
- The Q Factor: There is always a wariness about how well QMJHL scorers translate to the NHL. Some of that is real, some of it is probably cultural/language bias. Bryan explores it in this FanPost with the case of Sean Couturier.
- Get your mock on: Play around with everybody by mocking out the Islanders picks beyond the first round.
- Elliotte Friedman's 30 thoughts are pretty much always worth my time. I usually print it out and take it to the ... break room. Interesting stuff there on agents. Quisp at Jewels from the Crown goes into that latter topic.
- If you missed it or didn't see the FanShot, Ilya Bryzgalov had some fun things to say about Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov.
- B.D. Gallof, convinced the Islanders won't break from pattern by selecting a defenseman, opines on the top three likely available forwards in his book.
- Areener: It's a Flash link to a PDF, but you can download the proposed Nassau County lease agreement with the Islanders at the official site along with other related docs. I'm heading to the True (U.S.) North for the draft, so I probably won't have time to pore over the documents.
Point Blank: Darren Dreger on Garth Snow and general draft movement | Pierre McGuire on his own love of this monster and that monster.
Frank J. Selke "Danes Are 2nd Class" Trophy
Here is the vote tally for the Selke, in which Frans Nielsen finished sixth (total votes, followed by 1st, 2nd, 3rd-place votes, etc.). You can find all vote tallies at this link.
1. Ryan Kesler, VAN 1,179 (105-14-5-2-0)
2. Jonathan Toews, CHI 476 (5-36-24-15-9)
3. Pavel Datsyuk, DET 348 (4-22-22-12-8)
4. Patrice Bergeron, BOS 296 (3-18-21-9-8)
5. Manny Malhotra, VAN 229 (6-10-10-14-7)
6. Frans Nielsen, NYI 97 (0-4-8-6-11)
7. David Backes, STL 88 (1-2-6-9-7)
8. Mike Richards, PHI 83 (1-2-4-11-6)
9. Anze Kopitar, L.A. 55 (0-2-4-5-6)
10. Ryan Callahan, NYR 51 (0-1-5-5-4)
11. Brooks Laich, WSH 36 (0-1-2-4-7)
12. Henrik Zetterberg, DET 33 (0-2-2-2-3)
13. Tomas Plekanec, MTL 29 (0-1-1-3-8)
14. Claude Giroux, PHI 25 (1-0-1-3-1)
15. Jordan Staal, PIT 25 (0-2-2-0-1)
16. Brad Richards, DAL 15 (0-0-2-1-2)
17. Pascal Dupuis, PIT 14 (0-2-0-0-0)
18. Brandon Prust, NYR 14 (0-1-0-2-1)
19. Martin St. Louis, T.B. 12 (0-1-1-0-0)
20. Michael Grabner, NYI 11 (1-0-0-0-1)
21. Corey Perry, ANA 10 (0-1-0-1-0)
22. Vernon Fiddler, PHX 10 (0-0-0-3-1)
23. Henrik Sedin, VAN 9 (0-0-1-1-1)
24. Dave Bolland, CHI 9 (0-0-0-3-0)
So...Brandon Prust you say? Okay.
I don't know who the True Housewives of Beverly Hills are (they presented one of the awards in their cookie-cutter bottle-blonde and black dress get-up), but I suspect they had a vote.