Well, the votes are now in, and apparently the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association have disagreed with me and have voted for Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins over Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers.
Lundqvist will not join an elite list of six goaltenders that have won the Hart Trophy, despite leading the New York Rangers to the best record in the Atlantic Division and the best regular season record in the Eastern Conference.
The voters instead decided to go with Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who led the NHL with 109 points. Besides winning the Art Ross Trophy in 2012, Malkin also won the 2012 Ted Lindsay Award, as voted on by his peers. When I heard Malkin got the Ted Lindsay Award, I knew he also won the Hart Trophy too!
The only other award I got wrong was the Selke, where I went with Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings over the eventual winner, Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins. After analyzing their statistics in greater detail, I actually agree with the Writers’ Association. Datsyuk may have had three more points than Bergeron, but Bergeron was +15 higher than Datsyuk, and won the 2012 Bud Light Plus-Minus Award for having the best plus-minus in the NHL.