With New Year's Eve hockey games starting, I figured I'd update my top three for each trophy as of this moment as we close in on the halfway point:
1.Martin Brodeur- has done most with less. League leading six shutouts.
2.Marian Hossa- continues to play extremely well. Tied for second with 52 points.
3.Dominik Hasek- where would they be without him? Leads in GAA (1.82) and has won 10 of last 11.
1.Chris Pronger- Continues to dominate on blueline with 40 points and +21 rating.
2.Nicklas Lidstrom- Rock solid as usual with 34 points and NHL best +24 rating.
3.Scott Niedermayer- Smooth as silk D can flourish in any situation. 32 points, +10 rating.
1.Martin Brodeur- Has all his team's wins. Ranks in top three in wins, GAA, save percentage and shutouts.
2.Dominik Hasek- First in GAA, second in shutouts and world's better than Osgood.
3.Chris Mason- Has flown under radar. Ex-Devil draft pick is playing like a No.1 and has stats (15 wins, 2.27 GAA, .929 save pct and 4 shutouts) to back it up. Will Vokoun get his job back?
1.Evgeni Malkin- continues to pace all rookies in goals (18), PPG (8) and points (36).
2.Anze Kopitar- right behind Malkin with 35 points while leading all freshmen with 24 helpers. A dynamic talent.
3.Matt Carle- leads all rookie defensemen with 21 points while getting almost 19:00 a night for playoff contender San Jose.
1.Todd Marchant- has returned as very effective checking line center who neutralizes opponents and is threat shorthanded (3 SHG).
2.Kris Draper- former Selke winner continues to be gritty reliable self for Wings chipping in three shorties and respectable +9 rating.
3.Jay Pandolfo- his linemate Mad Dog always gets all the kudos but the former BU standout is the overlooked player who makes that line so tough to play against.
1.Ted Nolan- has comeback and proven he still can motivate players. Has Islanders playing solid hockey and competing for a playoff spot when they were expected to finish near the bottom.
2.Denis Savard- since taking over in Chicago, the former Blackhawk has injected life into a once dead Original Six club and has them in playoff contention.
3.Glen Hanlon- you look at that Caps team especially on D and wonder how they can be only a couple of points out of the postseason race. This team's work ethic is tremendous.