Archive for Awards
Rangers prospect Ryan Graves has been elected to the AHL All Star Game, the lone representative from the Hartford Wolf Pack. Graves, in his rookie season with the Pack, has a line of 3-11-14 in 34 games with the Pack. The 6’4″, 220-lb defenseman was selected in the 4th round of the 2013 NHL Draft, and has made excellent strides the past few seasons.
Brady Skjei did not make the All Star team, but has the same number of points (2-12-14) in fewer games.
Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh has been selected to represent the Rangers in this year’s All Star Game. McDonagh will be the lone Rangers’ representative on the Metropolitan Division team. This year’s All Star Game will be a divisional 3-on-3 tournament. Full rosters can be seen here.
Oscar Lindberg was announced as the 2015 Lars-Erik Sjoberg Award winner this year, awarded to the top rookie at camp in the preseason. The award hasn’t been awarded since 2010, when Derek Stepan won the award. Pretty safe to assume Lindberg has made the team. Above is Lindberg receiving the award from some unknown fan.
Two former Rangers will be members of the US Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2015: center Chris Drury and defenseman Mathieu Schneider. Drury spent four seasons in New York before retiring, putting up a pair of 20-goal, 50-point seasons before injuries and age slowed him down. In his four years, Drury put up a line of 62-89-151 in 264 games while serving as captain of the team for three of those seasons.
Drury’s signing during the 2007 offseason, along with Scott Gomez, was thought to solidify the center position, but never seemed to fit that billing. His signing was deemed a failure, which I think is a bit harsh. Age caught up to him, but he had a pair of productive seasons in New York.
Schneider played two seasons with the Rangers, putting up a pair of 10-goal, 30-point years. In his 155 games, Schneider finished with a line of 20-44-64.
Rick Nash was named the Rangers team MVP and Player’s Player Award winner this morning. Nash has 42 goals and 27 assists (69 points) in 79 games thus far this season. He almost single-handedly carried the offense while the rest of the lines were being finalized.
The Presidents’ Trophy is a nice feather in Alain Vigneault’s cap and deserved recognition for the remarkable regular season the Rangers are about to complete. But is it really worth anything?
All the trophy does is extend the home-ice advantage earned by winning the conference for one more round, and of course that only matters if the team actually reaches the Stanley Cup Final.
The power of home-ice advantage in the postseason has dwindled in recent years. Its value is considered to be greatest in pivotal Game Sevens, but since the 2004-2005 lockout the road team is actually 21-19 in those deciding games.
In what should be no surprise, forward Dominic Moore was the winner of the Bill Masterton trophy. The Masterton is awarded to “the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.” Moore took a year off from the game following the death of his wife, and returned to help the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Final this season.
Dominic Moore, who was the Rangers nominee for the Masterton trophy at the end of March, was announced as a finalist for the award. The Masterton is awarded each year to the player “who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.” The nominees are selected by members of the PHWA.
Moore returned to the Rangers this year, his second stint with the team, after sitting out all of last season following the passing of his wife from a rare form of liver cancer. She was 32.
Rangers forward Martin St. Louis has been named a finalist for the Lady Byng trophy. The trophy is awarded to the player who player “adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.”
St. Louis has been a finalist eight times in the last ten years, and has won the award three times in the last four. The last Ranger to win the award was Wayne Gretzky in 1999.
Just prior to tonight’s puck drop with Carolina, the Rangers held a ceremony to announce the winner of the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award. The Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award has been presented each season since 1987-88 to the Rangers player who goes above and beyond the normal call of duty, and is named in honor of paralyzed New York City police officer Steven McDonald.
This year’s winner was Mats Zuccarello, who has been the backbone of this team offensively and a bit of a troublemaker when he doesn’t have the puck. Former captain Ryan Callahan had won the award four of the previous five years.