Each day until the NHL Awards show June 24, The Gazette will run predictions of who will win certain awards, and who Angelo Stambene thinks should win the award.
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded to the most gentlemanly player — Finalists: Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks; Ryan O’Reilly, Colorado Avalanche; Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning/New York Rangers
Will win –
Martin St. Louis has played in more than 1,000 games during his career, and the diminutive (by hockey standards) forward sat in the penalty box for six minutes this year. St. Louis has never spent more than 38 minutes in the sin bin, and has won the Lady Byng
three times. The familiarity of his name, and his high level of play will bring him home his fourth Lady Byng.
Should win –
Ryan O’Reilly should win, and it shouldn’t be a competition. The 23-year-old was converted from center to wing at the beginning of the season, and was able to make the adjustment. O’Reilly’s 28 goals led the Avalanche, and though not close to league leader Alex Ovechkin’s 51, there was no one this year who played as many games, and was penalized fewer times. O’Reilly almost made it the entire season without receiving a penalty, and finished the season with one two minute minor. The yoga enthusiast is a peaceful warrior, and tender soul.
Do you agree? Who do you think should take home the award?