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Jarry Gets Hart Trophy Vote, Marino Gets Calder Attention

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Pittsburgh Penguins Tristan Jarry and Sidney Crosby

A few Pittsburgh Penguins received votes in the NHL Awards announced Monday night, including a surprise Hart Trophy vote for Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry, and some love for Penguins rookie defenseman John Marino in the deep Calder Trophy field.

Edmonton Oilers parttime center, often Connor McDavid winger, Leon Draisaitl won the Hart Trophy (NHL MVP) after leading the league in scoring and carried Edmonton during McDavid’s extended injury absence. Draisaitl also won the Art Ross Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award (MVP as voted by the players).

“It’s a big deal for me,” Draisaitl said. “…Obviously, I found some chemistry with (Kailer Yamamoto) and (Ryan Nugent-Hopkins). “We clicked at the end and had a good run, so that definitely helped.”

Penguins center Evgeni Malkin finished 10th in the voting with a fourth-place vote and five fifth-place votes. Somewhat surprisingly, Penguins 1A goalie Tristan Jarry earned a fifth-place vote.

TVA Sports reporter, Renaud Lavoie gave Jarry his fifth place vote.

“Tristan was the backbone for a long time during last season,” Lavoie told PHN. “Without him, the Penguins would have been in deep trouble with all the injured players. For me, that’s what a Hart trophy candidate is.”

This season, Jarry kept the Penguins afloat during November and December when starter Matt Murray struggled. Jarry had a save percentage, which hovered around .940 and a goals-against-average below 2.00. Jarry finished the season with a .921 save percentage and a 2.43 goals-against average.

Evgeni Malkin similarly carried the Penguins skaters during Sidney Crosby’s 28-game absence. Malkin scored 74 points (25g, 49a) and was involved in 40% of the Penguins offense during Crosby’s absence.

Calder Trophy, John Marino

Surprise Penguins rookie John Marino earned Calder Trophy recognition, too. Despite an incredibly deep field led by Colorado Avalanche Cale Makar, Marino finished eighth but earned four third-place votes, five fourth-place votes, and 18 fifth-place votes.

Marino finished behind Buffalo Sabres forward Victor Olofsson, and ahead of Montreal Canadiens center Nick Suzuki.

The Penguins acquired Marino from Edmonton for a conditional sixth-round pick last summer, and Marino eventually earned a place among the Penguins top-four defensemen. This season, the Boston area native scored 28 points, including six goals.

He scored his first NHL goal in Boston. PHN profiled John Marino and warned he could be an NHL player early last fall. Read it here. 

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