I completely agree with you. In fact I somehow relate to Daigle and feel good for him. I myself was pushed into many activities as a kid and I began to resent them until I took a step back for a few years to truly appreciate them. Though I think there are a few players that are more deserving to win the trophy people should accept that he's grown from a rich kid superstar to a humble male athlete.
Barney was one of the LA Kings top prospects about 4 years or so ago, and a borderline Top 50 guy. He was considered to be LA's future, power forward centre of the future. Unfortunately, he had this back condition that just kept getting worse and worse, to the point where the guy could barely get out of bed, let alone play hockey. He went to a whole bunch of specialists and no one could figure out what to do with him. So, he retired. Was out of hockey for over two years and then he found a specialist who was offering some new methods, and they worked. His back being fine, Barney fought back and the Kings saw him training with the Peterborough Petes of the OHL. He looked good, and I guess they may have felt a little sadness for the guy so they invited him to training camp last year. He played very well and ended up earning himself a contract. He had a pretty rough year in the AHL, but that had to be expected after not playing hockey for so long, added on to the fact it was his first professional season. The Kings then renewed his contract this past season and he's back. Was ripping up the AHL with Manchester, they called him up and he's been outstanding. Barney isn't exactly old either, at only 24, he's got great things ahead of him.
Thats a nice story, but this award is for NHL players. When he gets to the NHL we'll give it to him.