Everyone is doing about what I expected them to, actually.
I would give it to Paille. He's probably going to score about 13-14 goals from the 4th line this season--that's a pretty rare NHL feat if he does it.
I'm not surprised by this at all, but he's earned some kind of recognition for showing up every single night in an up and down season.
Pouliot and/or Kelly would get it if the award was for the month of November. Seguin was a 2nd overall pick, I expected him to be this good.
Kelly's been expected to produce at a higher level (1st, 2nd line) his entire career and has finally made the third line of a really good team in the peak of his career. That doesn't say to me 7th player.
Paille? The fact he ever scores?
Think the fact that we have a hard time pointing to a 7th player, is the problem lately.
They need to trade for a 7th player type, it's what they are missing.
The award was Pouliot's to lose if he could have progressed.
Seguin doesn't "fit" the award. Don't ask me what that means but that's what I think.
No first-line player, top-pairing defenseman, or #1 goalie should even be eligible for the award. I realize those categories are tougher to define with this team and last year's team but it would be a rare occasion when a guy leading the team in a major stat category deserves the 7th Player Award.
Tim Thomas understood this when he used to win it. I remember reports saying that he didn't really believe the award was intended for guys who get a chance to shine like he did.