It’s been almost a week since the Islanders were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Now let’s start looking at the season that was the Islanders in 2019-20. Winners will be selected from some of the actual nhl awards. But the only players being selected play for the Islanders. The awards given out are awards given to individual players. The awards being selected are the Hart Trophy, Norris Trophy, Calder Trophy, Vezina Trophy, Selke Trophy, and the Conn Smythe Trophy.
Hart Trophy- Regular Season Most Valuable Player
This Season the Islanders had a lot of valuable players that impacted the team immensely. But, there’s one Islanders player that was the stood out more than them all. That player that is receiving the honor of Islanders Regular Season Most Valuable player would be 28 year old center Brock Nelson. In 68 games in the regular season, Nelson scored 26 goals, got 28 assists, and that accumulated to 54 points. But, the selection was very close as Anthony Beauvillier and Mathew Barzal were close runners up. But Nelson really stood out this season as he broke out into a star for the Islanders.
Norris Trophy- Best all around defenseman
The hockey world knows that the Islanders are known for their spectacular defense. The Islanders have one of the most underrated defensive cores in the NHL. That being said, this tough decision was between two players. The tough decision was between linemates Adam Pelech and Ryan Pulock. But after tons of debating, Ryan Pulock wins the Norris Trophy. Pulock with 35 points, scored 10 goals, and assisted on 25 goals. Pulock’s play was outstanding defensively as well. But, the decision really came down to the fact that Pelech missed 30 games due to an Achilles injury. Also, Pulock was healthy all season for the Islanders. The Islanders wouldn’t have ended up where they did this season if it wasn’t for the contribution of Ryan Pulock.
Calder Trophy- Rookie of the year
The Islanders didn’t really have much of a contribution from rookies this season. Yet multiple rookies did play in the lineup for the Islanders. But, there was only one Islanders rookie who kept his roster spot the entire season. That rookie is 20-year-old defenseman, Noah Dobson. With seven points, Dobson scored one goal and got six assists. But he accepted a bigger role defensively, as he did a pretty good job replacing the injured Adam Pelech for 32 games. That being said Dobson played very well in his rookie season. But, I’m expecting a massive improvement from Dobson in year 2.
Vezina Trophy- Best Goaltender
The Isles only had two goaltenders play for them this season. Those goaltenders are Thomas Greiss and Semyon Varlamov. Both goalies were absolutely outstanding in both the regular season and the playoffs. Yet, it’s so hard to pick which goalie was better because the Islanders used a system with a goalie 1A and a goalie 1B. There wasn’t really a backup goaltender this year. But, the goalie who had a better season was Semyon Varlamov. Varlamov did start and won more games than Greiss. Also his work in the playoffs this year was dominant. Varlamov was a key piece of the puzzle this year for the Islanders and that’s why he deserves the islanders Vezina Trophy.
Selke Trophy- Best defensive forward
In Barry Trotz’s system, the Isles prioritize their defense. That goes for both forwards and defensemen. Meaning, the Islanders have a bunch of really good defensive forwards. This may be the biggest toss-up out of any of the awards here. But, the player who receives the award is center Casey Cizikas. This has a ton to do with the fact that he’s an outstanding penalty killer, and quite honestly the best Islanders penalty killer. Cizikas and his linemates do a great job of keeping pucks out of the net. Casey Cizikas had been key defensively for the Islanders this season.
Conn Smythe Trophy- Playoffs most valuable player
The Islanders were able to reach the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 1993. Even though the islanders weren’t able to hoist the cup, they had an amazing playoff run. So many players played great in the playoffs, that it’s extremely difficult to pick one out of them all. Mathew Barzal, Brock Nelson, Anthony Beauvillier, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Josh Bailey, and Ryan Pulock were all in consideration. But even though he only scored 2 goals, I have to go with Josh Bailey. Bailey had 18 assists in his 20 points, with an overall plus/minus of +8. Also, he didn’t take a single penalty, and he had six power-play points. To add on to that he was brilliant on the power play and penalty kill. Bailey showed up when it mattered most and that’s why he’s the Islanders playoffs MVP.