I don't think this was a numbers game, obviously (look at Vanek's 21 ppg). Bourque is the MVP of his team and is one of the main reasons they are in the playoffs. Preseason projections had the Ads in 5th or 6th I think. Nobody's saying he will be better than Vanek, Bochenski, or Parise. He stepped in, carried his team (when he wasn't even projected to do such a thing) into the playoffs, and showed great ability for a rookie. Both stepped into a more competitive AHL than in years past. Could've gone either way. I just think Bourque got the award because he did way more than anyone ever dreamed of him doing. Not saying he should've gotten it over anyone, I just think that was the reason.
Except that's not neccessarily what ther award it is. It's the most outstanding rookie. Vanek was more outstanding than Bourque.
First off, let me say, I would've picked Vanek ahead of Bourque, but...
The reason I believe they picked him, is he carried a team when he wasn't remotely expected to do near that. Think role player, at best second liner in the AHL his first season. That was his expectation. To do what he did is "outstanding", as in what you said the award is for "the most outstanding rookie".
Like someone said before, you could've made a case for about 5 guys to win this award.
Does Bourque play on the same line as Matt Ellison?
Also, slightly OT, what do Hawks fans think of Ellison and his pro potential?
Bourque, Ellison, and Matt Keith are the Ads top line.
Ellison is a playmaker. I don't know if he has second line potential, probably more like third line. Not too sure, I only get to see him play when he travels to Hershey. Whether he can stick in the NHL is yet to be seen. But I'm rooting for him.