Nazem Kadri, a very talented player but cheap and ugly like Marchand.
__________________ Sens players beat up 5'8" Habs players, they are praised. Subban beats up a small Sens player, he's a coward, he's spot picking, he's this, he's that, he's too NBA, he's too NFL, cocky, classless, etc, etc, etc.... You guys are too much.
Most unexpected would be Derek Stepan. 2nd round pick with potential to be a good #2 center, outperforming Richards to become the team's #1 center with an excellent two-way game.
All the other candidates were high first round picks with all the promise in the world. edit: except Bobrovsky, except young goalies have the difficulty of "being solved" once they become established. edit: I didn't pay close enough attention to the list, screw it.
PS: From the games I've watched, Stepan is playing better than Kadri. Kadri has been very protected.
If Bobrovsky was on Leafs and Kadri on CBJ, poll results would be reversed.
Nothing against NK, he has been great... but Bob is most likely winning a Vezina after Flyers basically threw him away. Don't think Kadri is taking any hardware home, so Bobrovsky has to go ahead, literally out of nowhere.
Both Kadri and Bob could deserve this but I give it to Kadri. He's been way more battle tested in real life by the media and arm-chair fans that were calling him a bust. It's convenient for people to say leaf fans were the one calling him the bust when it was a 95% ratio of non-leaf fans:5% leaf fans that were labelling him that. I'd venture to say it was a 99:1 ratio on hfboards.
Guy's a fighter, it shouldn't matter if you hate the leafs or not, Kadri's demanded respect this year.