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Sullivan Wins Mid-Season Vote, Front Runner For Jack Adams Award

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Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan finished first as a Jack Adams Award (coach of the year) candidate in midseason NHL award voting conducted by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

Results were released Thursday on the eve of All-Star weekend.

Sullivan has garnered a lot of attention for the job he has done with the Penguins in light of the multitude of injuries the Penguins have worked around. They are over 200 man-games lost, including injuries to key players such as Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jake Guentzel, Kris Letang and current leading scorer Bryan Rust, and some of the injuries have been longer term.

At the break, the Penguins sit second in the Metropolitan Division, third in the Eastern Conference and fourth overall in the NHL with 67 points.

Sullivan was the only member of the Penguins organization who finished in the top three in the vote. Many potential candidates, of course, have missed games because of injuries, taking them out of the award and trophy conversation, but one player who might have cracked the top three is defenseman John Marino for the Calder Trophy (rookie of the year). Neither did Jim Rutherford crack the top three as the best general manager.

There is nothing official about the midseason award vote conducted by the PHWA, but its midseason voting has been a good gauge of winners at the summer NHL Awards night. Last season, six of the eight midseason award winners in categories assigned to the PHWA went on to win the season award.

It should be noted that the PHWA votes on those eight award winners annually in an official capacity, while the association’s midseason awards include all categories and them some. The Jack Adams Award is not determined by the PHWA but in a vote by NHL broadcasters.

This winter 117 writers representing all 32 NHL chapters participated in midseason award voting. Here are the overall results:

Hart Trophy –to the player adjudged to be most valuable to his team.
1. Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
2. Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
3. David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins
Norris Trophy –to the defenseman who demonstrates the greatest all-round ability in the position.
1. John Carlson, Washington Capitals
2. Roman Josi, Nashville Predators
3. Dougie Hamilton, Carolina Hurricanes
Selke Trophy — to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.
1. Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers
2. Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins
3. Ryan O’Reilly, St. Louis Blues
Calder Trophy — to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition.
1. Cale Makar, Colorado Avalanche
2. Quinn Hughes, Vancouver Canucks
3. Victor Olofsson, Buffalo Sabres
Lady Byng Trophy — to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.
1. Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
2. Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs
3. Ryan O’Reilly, St. Louis Blues
Vezina Trophy — to the goaltender adjudged to be the best at his position.
1. Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets
2. Ben Bishop, Dallas Stars
3. Darcy Kuemper, Arizona Coyotes
Jack Adams Award — to the coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success.
1. Mike Sullivan, Pittsburgh Penguins
2. John Tortorella, Columbus Blue Jackets
3. Craig Berube, St. Louis Blues
Jim Gregory GM of the Year Award — to the General Manager adjudged to have contributed most to his team’s success.
1. Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche
2. John Chayka, Arizona Coyotes
3. Doug Armstrong, St. Louis Blues
Rod Langway Award — to the defenseman who best excels in the defensive aspect of the game.
1. Jaccob Slavin, Carolina Hurricanes
2. Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning
3. Roman Josi, Nashville Predators
Comeback Player of the Year Award — to the player who returned to a previous high level of performance that was interrupted by
subpar play, long-term injury or major illness.
1. William Nylander, Toronto Maple Leafs
​2. Anthony Duclair, Ottawa Senators
3. Max Pacioretty, Vegas GoldenKnights

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Shelly is the newest columnist and reporter for Pittsburgh Hockey Now. She was a Penguins beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and remains a contributor to The Hockey News. Catch her on Twitter @_shellyanderson

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