Bleacher Report's Official 2013-14 NHL Awards
With the 2013-14 season in the books, it's time for Bleacher Report to hand out the season's NHL awards.
Adrian Dater, Jonathan Willis, Steve Macfarlane, Allan Mitchell, Lyle Richardson, Carol Schram, Rob Vollman and myself voted on the six major awards. We submitted our top-three candidates in each category—Hart, Vezina, Calder, Norris, Selke and Jack Adams—and the winners were determined based on a 3-2-1 points system.
Did Sidney Crosby run away with the Hart Trophy? Who won an extremely tight Norris race?
Check out the slideshow to see who claimed each award.
Jack Adams Award: Patrick Roy, Colorado Avalanche
By the numbers: Patrick Roy went 52-22-8 in his first year as an NHL coach, helping the Avalanche to a 112-point season and a No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. The Avalanche had 39 points in 48 games last season, so the team had about a 45-point turnaround (pro-rated) over last season.
Defining moment: It came in his first game of the season, a 6-1 drubbing of the Anaheim Ducks. Roy got into a shouting match with Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau that showed he was going to defend his players no matter what. He pushed down a glass partition between the benches while spitting hot fire toward the Ducks bench.
Why he's the winner: While some coaches showed their stuff with a late surge or by overcoming injuries to star players, Roy took what was essentially the same roster that flopped last season and got it to finish with the third-best record this season.
Runners-up: Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning finished second in the voting with Boudreau and Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings tying for third.
Selke Trophy: Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
By the numbers: Anze Kopitar's name doesn't usually come to mind when it's time to discuss the best defensive forwards in the game, but he truly does have 200-foot skills. His Corsi percentage is 61 percent and his Corsi relative is +6 percent on the Kings, two marks among the best in the NHL. He's a responsible two-way forward with 29 goals and 70 points and a well-earned plus-34 rating.
Defining moment: Maybe it's a stretch to call it a "defining moment," but he was a negative Corsi relative player in consecutive games only three times this season. He was never a negative Corsi relative player more than two games in a row.
Why he's the winner: He does the job of a two-way center better than anyone. Throw in the fact he had 29 goals and 70 points this season, and no one is more deserving of this award.
Runners-up: Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins finished a close second with Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks finishing third.
Norris Trophy: Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks
By the numbers: Duncan Keith led all defensemen in assists with 55 and was second among blueliners in scoring with 61 points. His Fenwick percentage is 55.8 and his 24:39 of ice time per game is 15th-most in the NHL and tops on the Chicago Blackhawks.
Defining moment: He had one of his best games on March 25 in a 4-2 victory against the Dallas Stars. He had the winning goal, played 27:09 and had a Corsi relative of +21.7 percent.
Why he's the winner: He doesn't draw the toughest opponents on a consistent basis like other defensemen, but that doesn't make his contributions any less meaningful. He's gifted in all three zones, an offensive force at even strength and the power play and can use his speed or strength to nullify opponents.
Runners-up: Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings finished second and Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins finished third.
Calder Trophy: Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
Defining moment: MacKinnon had a 13-game point streak from Jan. 25 through March 6 in which he had five goals and 18 points. The Avalanche went 9-4-0 in those games.
Why he's the winner: He led all rookies in points and shots, and his 17:20 of ice time per game was third-most among first-year forwards. MacKinnon's numbers were helped by playing the third-most power-play time among rookies, but that's a testament to his skill level at the age of 18.
Runners-up: Ondrej Palat of the Tampa Bay Lightning finished second and Olli Maatta of the Pittsburgh Penguins finished third.
Vezina Trophy: Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins
By the numbers: Tuukka Rask went 36-15-6 with a 2.04 goals-against average and .930 save percentage in 58 games. He led the league in GAA and save percentage among goaltenders to make at least 50 starts.
Defining moment: Rask used an 9-0-1 stretch in March to distance himself from the field. He had two shutouts in those 10 games, in which he allowed 15 goals on 305 shots for a .951 save percentage.
Why he's the winner: There's simply no one better at stopping pucks than Rask. His .941 save percentage at even strength led all starters; the next-closest starting goaltender on the list is Montreal's Carey Price, who posted a .934 save percentage.
Runners-up: Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche finished second and Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning finished third.
Hart Trophy: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
By the numbers: Sidney Crosby led the league with 104 points, which were 17 more than the next-closest competitor. His 68 even-strength points are more than all but 25 players in any situation in the league and his 21:58 of ice time per game was the most among all forwards.
Defining moment: Crosby established his dominance in the Penguins' fifth game of the season, registering a hat trick and adding an assist in a 5-4 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning. It began a stretch of 12 points in four games for Crosby.
Why he's the winner: The numbers make him worthy, but the fact he's done it all playing for a team that lost a league-high 531 man-games to injury this season. The Penguins lost their top-four defensemen for extended stretches along with James Neal, Evgeni Malkin, Pascal Dupuis for lengthy periods of time, yet Crosby continued to deliver almost every night.
Runners-up: Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks finished second and Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers finished third.