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An honor just to be nominated: Nielsen, Tavares receive votes for NHL awards

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Hey, I know that guy.

Teller was by far the best presenter.
Teller was by far the best presenter.
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If you didn't watch tonight's NHL Award Show, you didn't miss much as usual. There weren't a whole lot of upsets, the staging was more or less the same as it always is and the only person who couldn't land a joke was the host, in this case, Will Arnett.

Here's a list of the major award winners, each of whom can be read about at the SBN NHL home base, along with all of the other recipients.

  • Hart: Patrick Kane, Chicago
  • Vezina: Braden Holtby, Washington
  • Norris: Drew Doughty, Los Angeles
  • Calder: Artemi Panarin, Chicago
  • Selke and Lady Byng: Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles
  • Masterton: Jaromir Jagr
  • Adams: Barry Trotz, Washington
  • GM of the Year: Jim Rutherford, Pittsburgh

The two awards finalists from the IslandersJohn Tavares and Matt Martin - each came up empty. But deep in the voting, Tavares and Frans Nielsen appeared on a couple of lists and received votes for their efforts this season.

Tavares finished 13th in voting for the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player. He received two fourth place votes and four fifth place votes. Hey, it's better than zero.

Nielsen did pretty well for himself, getting named on ballots for the Selke and Byng trophies. Nielsen came in 17th overall in voting for the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the league's best defensive forward, including two first place votes.

Nielsen selke votes 2016

Nielsen also finished 11th in voting for the Lady Byng trophy for gentlemanly play, garnering two first place votes, three third and fourth place votes and eight fifth place votes.

Nielsen byng votes 2016

Congrats to Tavares and Nielsen for getting some recognition from the writers who vote on the awards. Maybe one of these days, they'll bring home some hardware. As Islanders. Because... yeah.