This is the one award that pisses me off the most. Lindstom was AWESOME & deserved everything he's ever won. I want to make this clear before I go on my little rant. What bugs me is the inconsistencies of the PHWA in how they vote. There were at least 2 yrs where Lindstom wasn't the best offensive d-man & STILL WON IT! I think Eric Karlesson is an amazing talent & his numbers last year were great, BUT ^^^^see the big bold words^^^^. The guy didn't play hardly at all on the PK! So, how can you award him an award where the words "all-around ability." are in there. Is PK not part of the "all around ability"? Since this has probably been Chara's worst as a Bruin since his 1st yr in 06'. I won't pick him.
I don't want to pick this guy, but I'm taking him on principle. If the Yotes would've made the play-offs I'd take Yandle, because he was Mr. Everything this yr. So, it's Letang who I'm giving it to on principle, because I don't think Subban deserves it until he cleans his act up. He's still acting like a punk & I don't believe when you act that way you should be awarded for it. I sure hope the PHWA feels the same way.
Shupe & Kel? I'm with you on the kids talent & I said he's one of my favourite players to watch when he plays the game the right way. I think he's going to be a winner someday, but please back me on this. Last night, Markov gives Wheeler a cross check, Wheeler gives one back, PK comes in & smacks Wheeler, then Ladd comes in and pushes PK & the piece of kief skates away. Ladd gets the penalty for roughing & PK waves bye, bye to Ladd as he's skating to the box! He does this all the time & if there's a guy who picks his spots to fight it's this punkish little biatch! Fights one of the smallest guys in the league in Marchand, but makes it look like he'll fight anyone, but turtles, or skates away. And he's still DIVING!!
Ya know before Lucic got a hold of him. I was hoping somebody was going to go after Aulie. He was really throwing some extra shots. When he gave Lucic one to many. He took what he was asking for. I respect that, except I don't agree with him wearing the visor if he's gonna play like that. But, letting that slide he tried to fight back against one of the toughest in the league. He didn't turtle, he didn't pretend to fall. He took what he had coming. That's the right way to play! So until PK cleans his act up A LOT MORE I think it'll be a travestry to give him any award. Unless they have one called the PAB award.