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2023-24 Golden Knights Season Awards

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Like last year when the Golden Knights won the Stanley Cup, Vegas’ home team will not be well represented when the league hands out its awards. There’s no player even remotely in the conversation for Hart, Calder, Vezina, or Norris and neither the coach nor front office are likely to receive much recognition either.

So, let’s hand out awards for just the Golden Knights.

Hart Trophy – MVP
Jonathan Marchessault

The reigning Conn Smythe winner backed up his incredible postseason run with the best regular season of his career. He’s set to play all 82 games (one of just three players to do so), may break the VGK single-season goals record, and has posted 69 points. His 8.2 point shares lead the team and as we’ve discussed before, he has a knack for the clutch goal.

Selke Trophy – Best Defensive Forward
William Karlsson

In the Golden Knights’ first season Karlsson finished 6th in the NHL for the award. He won’t reach that high this year but this has probably been his most impressive season defensively in his career. Nearly the entire season Karlsson has been given the role of shutdown center and has done it on a line without other top-six players. He has upped his faceoff percentage and has kept his shift lengths down further showing his responsible play. When the Golden Knights need a big defensive shift in the playoffs, it’ll be Karlsson that gets the nod to go wipe out the opposing team’s best players.

Norris Trophy – Best Defensemen
Brayden McNabb

Another one of the three players to play all 82 games, McNabb has been a consistent force defensively the entire season for the Golden Knights. He has chipped in just four goals and 26 points, but his 4.6 defensive point shares is nearly double every other blue liner on the roster. For years he has taken a backseat to his d-pair partner because of Theodore’s electric offensive ability, but this season there’s no question which of those two has been the more important player to the Golden Knights’ success.

Vezina Trophy – Best Goaltender
Logan Thompson

This was a close one because of the incredibly hot start Adin Hill had to the season. But, Thompson has been the more available and more consistent goalie and he appears to have unseated his partner who entered the season as the clear #1. Thompson has posted a quality start in 60% of his appearances and is just 0.1 point share behind Marchessault to lead the team. All year Bruce Cassidy has tried to make Hill the starter and set it up for him to start Game 1 of the playoffs, but Thompson simply hasn’t allowed it to happen.

Calder Trophy – Best Rookie
Pavel Dorofeyev

The easiest choice out of any award is Pavel for VGK Calder. The 23-year-old has scored 13 goals in 46 games and added 11 assists to total 24 points. He has played just 13:12 per game this season but that number has steadily increased as he earned the trust of the head coach. It has gotten to the point now that it would be crazy to take Dorofeyev out of the lineup in favor of stalwarts that helped VGK win the Cup like Brett Howden, Michael Amadio, or Keegan Kolesar. In truth, Dorofeyev posted the best rookie season of any Golden Knights since Alex Tuch.

Now to the awards the Golden Knights will hand out on the ice after the game tonight.

7th Player Award – Player Who Exceeded Fan Expectations
Brayden McNabb

Well, I listed McNabb as VGK’s Norris candidate so I don’t see how he can’t stave off Nic Roy, Michael Amadio, and Ben Hutton for this award. My only holdup is how much he actually exceeded fan expectations because in reality he just did what Brayden McNabb always does. But, Roy did pretty much what was expected, Amadio may have done worse than expected after his strong postseason, and Hutton was barely in the lineup for half of the season.

Vegas Strong Service Award – Player Most Involved In Giving Back To the Community
Zach Whitecloud

Maybe it’s just me, but every time I see a community event that involves player appearances, Whitecloud is typically there. He also deserves a lot of credit for being the player who had to do all of the promotional stuff for the release of those hideous Winter Classic jerseys. Plus, Zach is just an all around awesome dude, so he wins.

First Star – Highest Ranking In “Ken’s VGK Stars” After Each Game
William Karlsson

We’ll have more on this later tonight as I show off the full breakdown, but Karlsson won the game with 70 points and an impressive 35 appearances. We’ll see if he can add one more tonight.

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5 Comments

  1. Carl

    Who gets the William Karlsson “DAY FUCKING ONE” award???

  2. Emmanuel

    WK seems to fly under the radar with fans. Impressive he has his 2nd best season @ 31YO!

  3. knights fan in minny

    is that picture Micheal moore

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