The 2017 NHL Awards Show/Expansion Draft Extravaganza and Burlesque Show has ended and there was much excitement and awkwardness and a trade involving the Islanders and the Vegas Golden Knights.
First things first, if you didn’t see the update, we now know the full extent of the deal between Garth Snow and George McPhee for the extra expansion protections. Vegas selected goalie J-F Berube and also acquired from the Islanders Mikhail Grabovski (and his $5 million cap hit), AHL defenseman Jake Bischoff, a first round pick in Friday’s Entry Draft (No. 15 overall) and a second round pick in 2019.
Yeah, it’s a lot, but not really. And in exchange, the Islanders get to hold on to all of their other players who - quite frankly - could be traded by the time you read this for a host of guys from around the league.
The complete Golden Knights roster is here, courtesy of our friends at Knights on Ice. James Neal, Jason Garrison, Marc-Andre Fleury, and Nate Schmidt headline the new team. There were a few other trades, too, with the Blue Jackets sending David Clarkson and a package of picks similar to the Islanders’ one to Vegas, who then flipped Columbus’ first rounder to Winnipeg. And the Panthers... I have no idea what the Panthers did.
The “expansion draft” portion was very strange, with McPhee and owner Bill Foley alternating picks, sometimes in the wrong order, sometimes mispronouncing names and sometimes tripping over presenters Kathryn Tappen and Darren Millard. Let’s hope their games go a lot smoother.
Then there were the awards. No real surprises in any of them. Somewhat of a big night for Connor McDavid.
- Hart Trophy (league MVP): Connor McDavid
- Norris Trophy (best defenseman): Brent Burns
- Vezina Trophy (best goaltender): Sergei Bobrovsky
- Calder Trophy (top rookie): Auston Matthews
- Selke Trophy (best defensive forward): Patrice Bergeron
- Lady Byng Trophy (most gentlemanly forward): Johnny Gaudreau
- Masterton Trophy (dedication / perseverance): Craig Anderson
- NHL Foundation Award (community service): Travis Hamonic
- Mark Messier Leadership Award: Nick Foligno
- Ted Lindsay Award (MVP as voted by the players): Connor McDavid
- Jack Adams Award (best coach): John Tortorella
- General Manager of the Year: David Poile
We already knew from Tuesday night that Travis Hamonic won the NHL Foundation Award for his amazing charitable efforts. But in a somewhat surprising turn, John Tavares finished 8th in voting for the Selke Trophy as best defensive forward.
Who gave him that first place vote? Blackhawks beatwriter (and Long Island native) Mark Lazerus. Thanks, Laz.
My Selke ballot:— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) June 22, 2017
1. John Tavares
2. Patrice Bergeron
3. Joe Thornton
4. Mark Stone
5. Marian Hossa
Back in March, Sportsnet’s Andrew Berkshire had Tavares among his Selke finalists due to some fancy stats stuff that showed his defensive game was in the same company as winner Patrice Bergeron and finalist Mikko Koivu. Tavares is good, folks.
Those were the only two Islanders appearances of the evening. Unless you count this awesomeness:
Sadly, Josh Ho-Sang isn’t the NHL 18 coverboy this year. That would be McDavid. Next year, buddy.