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Who are your picks for AHL individual trophies?

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03-04-2015, 11:35 AM
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Who are your picks for AHL individual trophies?

Unsure how many of us follow NHL prospects closely in the AHL but I was just wondering who you guys feel will win AHL individual awards?

MVP -

Top Points -
Top Dman -
Top Goalie -

Rookie of Year -

I realize there are other awards, but these ones are the ones that are always most interesting to see who wins.

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03-04-2015, 12:23 PM
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My totally unbiased, knowledgeable picks:

MVP - Brian O'Neill

Top Points - Brian O'Neill
Top Dman - Colin Miller
Top Goalie - JF Berube

Rookie of Year - Justin Auger.

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For Rookie of the Year, I'd say it's going to come down to:

Charles Hudon
Connor Brown
Matt Murray
Viktor Arvidsson
Anton Forsberg

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MVP and Top Points - Teemu Pulkkinen

He is just too good for AHL at this point.

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Hellebuyck will almost certainly be nominated to (if not the winner of) MVP, Rookie of the Year and Top Goaltender.

And that's not even bias talking. That's because of him being among the first in all important stats, while having played over 500 minutes more than the goalie who has played the 2nd most minutes, and having almost 400 more saves than the goalie who has the 2nd most saves.

His season has been absolutely absurd from the moment the coaching staff decided that Budaj sucked.

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Hellebuyck will almost certainly be nominated to (if not the winner of) MVP, Rookie of the Year and Top Goaltender.

And that's not even bias talking. That's because of him being among the first in all important stats, while having played over 500 minutes more than the goalie who has played the 2nd most minutes, and having almost 400 more saves than the goalie who has the 2nd most saves.

His season has been absolutely absurd from the moment the coaching staff decided that Budaj sucked.
Im actually thinking he may win all 3 as well. For whatever reason nobody is talking about him on HFBOARDS at all and there is just the odd article on him from time to time on the internet. His season he is having is absolutely insane and I think he will forsure win top goalie and rookie of the year. MVP is up in the air still, but really who else is there that is having a mind blowing season besides him? Maybe Pulkkinen could also win instead?? ... Jets are lucky to have this guy

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03-05-2015, 01:02 AM
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Hellebuyck will almost certainly be nominated to (if not the winner of) MVP, Rookie of the Year and Top Goaltender.

And that's not even bias talking. That's because of him being among the first in all important stats, while having played over 500 minutes more than the goalie who has played the 2nd most minutes, and having almost 400 more saves than the goalie who has the 2nd most saves.

His season has been absolutely absurd from the moment the coaching staff decided that Budaj sucked.
That depends on how many games you have to play to have a chance to win.
Murray has far superior stats atm. But he has only played 28 games while Hallebuyck has played 47.

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Its funny how out of the main awards won from the past 10 years, how few of the winners are actually good NHL players now....

MVP
Travis Morin
Tyler Johnson
Cory Conacher
Corey Locke
Keith Aucoin
Alexandre Giroux
Jason Krog
Darren Haydar
Donald Maclean
Jason Spezza

Rookie of Year
Curtis McKenzie
Tyler Toffoli
Cory Conacher
Luke Adam
Tyler Ennis
Nathan Gerbe
Teddy Purcell
Brett Sterling
Patrick O'Sullivan
Renen Bourque

Top Dman
TJ Brennan
Justin Schultz
Mark Barberio
MA Gragnani
Danny Groulx
Johnny Boychuk
Andrew Hutchinson
Sheldon Brookbank
Andy Delmore
Niklas Kronwall

Top Goalie
Jake Allen
Niklas Svedberg
Yan Danis
Brad Thiessen
Jonathon Bernier
Cory Schneider
Michael Leighton
Jason Labarbera
Dany Sabourin
Ryan Miller

Not many big NHL names that won major awards in past 10 years. I would say probably the top goalies seem to have the best NHL names that are playing now.

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Its funny how out of the main awards won from the past 10 years, how few of the winners are actually good NHL players now....

MVP
Travis Morin
Tyler Johnson
Cory Conacher
Corey Locke
Keith Aucoin
Alexandre Giroux
Jason Krog
Darren Haydar
Donald Maclean
Jason Spezza

Rookie of Year
Curtis McKenzie
Tyler Toffoli
Cory Conacher
Luke Adam
Tyler Ennis
Nathan Gerbe
Teddy Purcell
Brett Sterling
Patrick O'Sullivan
Renen Bourque

Top Dman
TJ Brennan
Justin Schultz
Mark Barberio
MA Gragnani
Danny Groulx
Johnny Boychuk
Andrew Hutchinson
Sheldon Brookbank
Andy Delmore
Niklas Kronwall

Top Goalie
Jake Allen
Niklas Svedberg
Yan Danis
Brad Thiessen
Jonathon Bernier
Cory Schneider
Michael Leighton
Jason Labarbera
Dany Sabourin
Ryan Miller

Not many big NHL names that won major awards in past 10 years. I would say probably the top goalies seem to have the best NHL names that are playing now.
Not exactly surprising. Most big talents don't play long enough in the AHL to actually win one of these awards. If a rookie in the AHL is lighting it up... He's getting called up, the longer he is up the more AHL games he misses---> low chance of winning major award.

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Not exactly surprising. Most big talents don't play long enough in the AHL to actually win one of these awards. If a rookie in the AHL is lighting it up... He's getting called up, the longer he is up the more AHL games he misses---> low chance of winning major award.
How about dat Pulkkinen?

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For Rookie of the Year, I'd say it's going to come down to:

Charles Hudon
Connor Brown
Matt Murray
Viktor Arvidsson
Anton Forsberg
Huh? No Connor Hellebuyck?

Most games (47)
Most wins (25)
Most shutouts (6)
5th in save%
Selected for the AHL All-Star game

Basically, the only reason that the Ice Caps have a chance at the playoffs.


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That depends on how many games you have to play to have a chance to win.
Murray has far superior stats atm. But he has only played 28 games while Hallebuyck has played 47.
I wouldn't say that the stats are "far superior", all things considered. Murray hasn't even played the majority of his team's games. Hellebuyck has basically dragged his team to playoff contention almost single-handedly. He has 25 of their 27 wins, and has a save% that dwarfs the second goalie (Budaj).

If the Ice Caps make the playoffs, he should get consideration for MVP.

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MVP: Teemu Pulkkinen

Most points: Teemu Pulkkinen (or Brian O'Neill)
Top D-man: Chris Wideman (Brad Hunt, Colin Miller, Brandon Manning)
Top goalie: Matt Murray (Jacob Markström, Philipp Grubauer)
Top rookie: Matt Murray (Charles Hudon, Connor Hellebuyck)

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That depends on how many games you have to play to have a chance to win.
Murray has far superior stats atm. But he has only played 28 games while Hallebuyck has played 47.
Not only is there a very significant difference in games played (as Whileee pointed out, Murray hasn't even started in a majority of his team's games), but there is also the difference in the workload in those games.

Murray has faced 684 shots. Hellebuyck has faced 1524. In the 19 extra games Hellebuyck has played, he has faced 840 shots.

I think Murray will be in the same situation that Elliott and others have been in in the NHL. Great stats, not enough games played.

But as you say, it really depends on how many games they decide are enough.

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If the IceCaps make it to the playoffs I think Hellebyuck has a legit shot at all 3 top rookie, top goaltender and mvp.

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How about dat Pulkkinen?
Definitely an exeption. He's a stud, I am a big fan.

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ROY is probably Hudon's to lose.

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If Teemu doesn't win MVP, the fix is in.

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If Teemu doesn't win MVP, the fix is in.
Itll be interesting... I am banking on Hellebuyck. What hes doing on a terrible team is unreal. If St Johns makes playoffs, its his for sure imo.... Grand rapids have a good team with some good players... St John's have a bad team that has no business being in a playoff battle. I think Hellebuyck is more valuable to St Johns than Pulkkinen is to GR

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I think it would be the wrong decision if Hellebuyck didn't win the top goalie.

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Pulkinnen has scored 22 goals over his last 20 AHL games. If that ain't mvp material, Nothing is

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Pulkinnen has scored 22 goals over his last 20 AHL games. If that ain't mvp material, Nothing is
agreed that is impressive... but on the flip side, being 5th in the league for save % of a 0.927 with a staggering 1524 shots on net is insane. Not to mention 6 shutouts while getting peppered with that amount of shots. 1st in goalies game played, 1st in wins, 1st in mins, 1st in saves, 2nd in shutouts, 5th in save % for a rookie goalie ... crazy stats on a bad team.

Either way, it seems as though we will be seeing Pulkkinen and Hellebuyck hopefully as soon as next year in NHL

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agreed that is impressive... but on the flip side, being 5th in the league for save % of a 0.927 with a staggering 1524 shots on net is insane. Not to mention 6 shutouts while getting peppered with that amount of shots. 1st in goalies game played, 1st in wins, 1st in mins, 1st in saves, 2nd in shutouts, 5th in save % for a rookie goalie ... crazy stats on a bad team.

Either way, it seems as though we will be seeing Pulkkinen and Hellebuyck hopefully as soon as next year in NHL
Yea, it certainly seems to be turning into a two horse race

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Here are my guesses. Goalie is a tough one because Murray is just on a roll and by the end of the year his stats could be high enough past Hellebuyck's that they override his games played. It's always tough for me to compare two goalies when one has worse stats but more games played but Murray's GAA right now is insanely low. I believe in the past the AHL has given more weight to stats then games played though, at least in regards to skater awards like when Schultz won the Eddie Shore award with only half a season played. As weird as this sounds, I bet Hellebuyck only gets one of either the Rookie or Goaltender of the year award.

MVP - Pulkkinen
Points - O'Neill
Rookie - Hellebuyck
Goalie - Murray
Defense - Wideman

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The crazy part about Hellebyuck is that up until just over 2 weeks ago he was the only goalie on the IceCaps to record a win. Every win until Feb 15 was by Hellebuyck.

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