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NHL on TSN panel debates possible major award winners

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TSN.ca Staff
4/5/2009 11:20:14 PM
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With one week left in the regular season, the NHL on TSN panel offer their thoughts on the possible winners for the major awards.

Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger, Keith Jones, Matthew Barnaby and James Duthie voted on their picks for the Hart, Vezina, Norris and Calder trophies.

TSN.ca offers you the opportunity to chime in on their choices. Read the selections from TSN's hockey experts and give us your thoughts in the Your Call feature.

Hart Trophy: Alexander Ovechkin (Capitals)
Second: Evgeni Malkin (Penguins)
Third: Pavel Datsyuk (Red Wings) and Zach Parise (Devils)

Dreger: Ovechkin is a no-brainer. He'll be the first back-to-back winner since Dominik Hasek 11 years ago. All you have to do is talk to the players he plays against and they describe him as a physical force. He competes hard every single shift.

Vezina Trophy: Tim Thomas (Bruins)
Second: Steve Mason (Blue Jackets)
Third: Evgeni Nabokov (Sharks)

Barnaby: The Bruins are one of the best teams in the league and Thomas is the major reason why. He leads in save percentage and goals-against-aveage and steals a lot of games. He's a guy you keep doubting and he keeps proving you wrong. Give him his due; he's the best goaltender in the league this year.

Norris Trophy: Mike Green (Capitals)
Second: Zdeno Chara (Bruins)
Third: Nicklas Lidstrom (Red Wings)

Dreger: Green is the first defenceman to score 30 goals since 1992-93. And how is he doing it? There's a theory out there that the opposition's defensive zone coverage is paying so much attention to forwards like Ovechkin and Alexander Semin, it allows the opportunity for Green to jump into the mix. He's a game-breaking player.

McKenzie: I voted for Chara for the simple reason that, in all three zones and all three situations (PP, SH, ES), he is a physical force. He's scoring goals, making big hits, playing solid defence and fighting. He has been an absolute monster all season.

Barnaby: Chara is the best overall defenceman. He's got 17 goals, he's +24 and has 89 penalty minutes. And he plays against the other team's top lines every night.

Jones: The only defenceman for the Washington Capitals is Green and and he should win the Norris because he has no help on the blueline. Milan Jurcina is the second highest scoring defenceman on the Capitals with 14 points and the Bruins gave him away. Tom Poti is the third highest scoring defenceman with 13 points. Green is +24 on a team without a goaltender.

Calder Trophy: Steve Mason (Blue Jackets)
Second: Bobby Ryan (Ducks)
Third: Pekka Rinne (Predators)

Jones: I changed my mind from Steve Mason to Bobby Ryan over the weekend. Without Ryan's strong offensive production this year, the Ducks would not be heading to the playoffs.

McKenzie: Where is Drew Doughty on that list? The Kings' defenceman is mature beyond his years. He's playing over 23 minutes per game and in every situation. I had him listed second ahead of Bobby Ryan.

Dreger: Columbus isn't making the playoffs without Steve Mason.

Alex Ovechkin (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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