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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.

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Golden Knights Award Campaigns

I was watching TV last night when I saw an ad for a candidate running for President in 2020.  That got me thinking. We’re already a month into the NHL season, should we start the campaign for Golden Knights to win individual awards?

I was still lukewarm on the idea, seeing as Vegas has only played 13 games and the awards show is seven months away. But then, my mind was instantly changed.

A second ad for Tom Steyer!

I figured if Tom is already trying to get my vote in November of 2020, it’s fair for me to start talking/writing about Mark Stone winning the Hart, Cody Glass for Calder, or Valentin Zykov for Masterton (he’s got about as much a chance as Tom 2020, right?)

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Hart Trophy – Most Valuable Player
VGK Candidate: Mark Stone

Stone currently sits in 9th place in both goals and points through the first month of the season. Of course, in order to win the Hart, he’ll need to jump into the top five at the very least, but a 100+ point effort from one of the league’s best defensive forwards would definitely warrant consideration. If Stone can keep on this pace, he’ll be pushing the century mark and he’ll likely be doing it for a team that’s running away with the Pacific Division by March. Honestly, it will probably take an injury or two to a few of the main candidates, but the longer Stone stays in the top 10 in points, the stronger the candidacy will get.

Vezina Trophy – Top Goaltender
VGK Candidate: Marc-Andre Fleury

Fleury currently leads the league in wins, minutes, saves, and point shares for goalies. He’s posted a .928 save percentage and 2.30 goals against average, both of which are better than the numbers Andrei Vasilevskiy put up en route to his Vezina last year. Fleury has made a countless number of incredible saves and is the main reason the Golden Knights are 8-5-0 rather than 5-8-0. Vegas seems once again primed to run him out there 60+ times this season which means he should be at or near the top in every statistical category for goalies when the season is over. It’s literally the only thing he hasn’t done in his career. Hopefully this is the year.

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