Quarter-Season Leaders: Who are the top contenders for six of the significant honors?
Hard as it may be to accept, one-fourth of the NHL crusade is in the books. Also, given that is the situation, there’s no time like the present to take a gander at which players (and mentors) are assembling conceivably grant winning efforts through the opening bit of the 2019- 20 season.
We’ll shed the since quite a while ago run-in and get right to the meat of the issue. Here’s a glance at the top contenders for six of the NHL’s significant honors with 25 percent of the period complete:
VEZINA TROPHYWhat’s imperative to think about to the extent the Vezina is concerned is that it’s the GMs, not the media, who vote in favor of the honor, and the NHL’s group developers will in general be unquestionably more worried about successes than they do hidden numbers. Therefore, it makes sense that the leaders now in the crusade are Braden Holtby (11 wins), Carey Price (10) and Marc-Andre Fleury (10), and afterward there’s a gathering of goaltenders – seven, to be precise – tied for fourth with nine successes.
On the off chance that we take a gander at the master plan, however, Holtby is checked off of the rundown. He’s triumphant games, however his .906 spare rate and 2.91 objectives against normal position 32nd and 35th, separately, among the 61 goaltenders who have showed up in five games. He’s been normal. A greatly improved case can be made for Price and Fleury, who are top-20 netminders in the two classes, with Fleury’s .920 SP and 2.52 GAA tops among the trio.
In any case, on the off chance that we burrow further, there are a large number of insights that can more readily feature which goaltenders are playing best. Indeed, of the 37 goaltenders with at any rate 400 minutes played at five-a-side, Thomas Greiss, Robin Lehner and Philipp Grubauer rank first through third in SP and objectives spared better than expected. No goaltenders have supported their group’s motivation than that trio of covered men. Not a long ways behind, notwithstanding, are Darcy Kuemper and Connor Hellebuyck, who have been approached to remain on their separate heads while tending objective for groups that are in the base portion of the class in objective creation.
All in all, who’s the genuine leader? The appropriate response may involve consolidating the two methodologies, coordinating base measurements with what the basic numbers state about the netminders. Also, if that is the situation, Kuemper is the most hard to ignore. His nine successes aren’t far-removed of the association lead, his .937 SP at all qualities is third in the NHL, his 1.85 GAA is tops among attendants with five games played and his 5-on-5 numbers – .938 SP and .59 GSAA per 60 minutes – are both top-seven imprints among the previously mentioned rundown of 37 goaltenders.
What enlarges Kuemper’s case is that his play has pushed the Coyotes into a divisional season finisher spot ahead of schedule at the quarter sign of the battle and has Arizona in line to snap a protracted post-season dry season. In the event that setting is considered just as measurements, Kuemper’s case is unshakable.
Ranking1. Darcy Kuemper, ARI2. Marc-Andre Fleury, VGK3. Thomas Greiss, NYI4. Connor Hellebuyck, WPG5. Carey Price, MTL
CALDER TROPHYThis is Cale Makar’s honor to lose at the present time, and there are just two manners by which he neglects to remain in front of an audience as the 2019- 20 new kid on the block of the year come season’s end. The first – written with some wavering as we don’t wish to put this wickedness on him – is if Makar falls harmed and misses a lump of time. The second is by method for somebody, anybody, hard-energizing the measurable leaderboard and outperforming Makar’s freshman driving aggregate by a huge edge. We’re talking 20- in addition to focuses. Also, if that appears to be ludicrous, consider Aaron Ekblad’s 39 focuses in his Calder-winning 2014- 15 crusade were 25 less than tenderfoot pioneers Mark Stone and Johnny Gaudreau that equivalent season.
As we illustrated not long ago, Makar’s scoring pace is with the end goal that he stands to arrive at a level that no defenseman has in more than 30 seasons. He’s scoring at such a rate, that he can possibly turn into the primary new kid on the block defenseman to score more than 76 focuses in a solitary season. Take one moment to consider that. Be that as it may, while offense is his reason for living card, his qualifications go past objectives and helps. In the event that we consider ice time and on-ice sway, that, as well, inclines toward Makar. He’s averaging 19:30 per challenge through the first 20 rounds of his new kid on the block season, which is the third-most elevated normal ice time among all green beans. Comparative with his colleagues, as well, Makar is an on-ice positive for the Avalanche in each outstanding progressed factual class. Along these lines, once more, this is Makar’s honor at the present time. It might just remain as such through the remainder of the period.
In any case, for contention, if there was any player who gotten an opportunity to get the Colorado blueliner, who might it be?
Quinn Hughes is a sensible recommendation, especially if Makar needs to invest any energy in the sideline. Hughes is one of the two players averaging more ice time than Makar – 20:11 on the Vancouver blueline – and is creating at a rate like other first year recruits skaters with two objectives and 14 focuses in 20 games. On the off chance that Hughes keeps on keeping pace, he’ll stay a top contender on through the season.
Another probability, and one barely any observed coming, is Martin Necas. After a season spent in the AHL, the Hurricanes youth is prospering in his first year recruit NHL season. In 20 games, his four objectives and 14 focuses are tied with Hughes (and Sabers winger Victor Olofsson) for second-most among all new kids on the block. Necas is doing a great deal with a bit, as well. His 13:52 ice time normal doesn’t break the top-30 among first-year players. For Necas to win the honor, he should up his scoring rate and destroy both of the defensemen. To be perfectly honest, that doesn’t simply go for Necas, either. Any forward who needs a shot should do likewise.
Ranking1. Cale Makar, COL2. Quinn Hughes, VAN3. Martin Necas, CAR4. Victor Olofsson, BUF5. Ethan Bear, EDM
NORRIS TROPHYLet’s get this out straight away: if John Carlson keeps on scoring at this pace, don’t waste time with the democratic. Carlson, who has eight objectives and 32 focuses, is poised to complete the season with 29 objectives and 122 focuses. That would be the single-most elevated scoring season by a defenseman in the cutting edge period and the most focuses by any rearguard since Paul Coffey indented 48 objectives and 138 focuses with the Edmonton Oilers during the 1985- 86 season. In this way, once more, if Carlson keeps this up, drop the Norris bit of the yearly entertainment pageant, spare everybody the excursion and occupy the broadcast appointment with whatever mid-aughts shake act the NHL figures out how to book 10 years past the point of no return.
Adopting a progressively reasonable strategy, Carlson’s pace will slow. He’s not superhuman and this isn’t the 1980s. At whatever point it begins to decrease, however, it’s a matter of what number of focuses Carlson can put on the board. As we demonstrated before this season, basic point generation in some cases isn’t sufficient to win the Norris. Ask Erik Karlsson. Fortunately Carlson’s hidden numbers are quite great. At 5-on-5, the ice is frequently tilted in the Capitals’ bearing when Carlson is on the ice. That will fortify his Norris qualifications.
Be that as it may, none of this is to state he’s without rivalry. Dougie Hamilton drives all defensemen with nine objectives and his 22 focuses put him on a comparative, however not so noteworthy, 37- objective, 90- point pace. Where Hamilton may have an edge with voters is that his fundamental numbers are momentous. Among the 165 defensemen with 200 minutes played at five-a-side, Hamilton positions in the top 10 in a few significant progressed measurable cate