2002/03 NHL Awards Watch

JACK ADAMS AWARD (Best Coach)

Jacques Lemaire
Minnesota Wild

Getting the 3rd year Wild into the playoffs with the league’s lowest payroll is too big accomplishment to overlook for Lemaire who won an Adams trophy with the Devils in 1994.

SELKE TROPHY (Best Defensive Forward)

Jere Lehtinen
Dallas Stars

The best 2-way forward Lehtinen reclaims the Selke Trophy after a 3-year drought for his 3rd Selke becoming just the 3rd player to win the award 3 times.

VEZINA TROPHY (Best Goalie)

Martin Brodeur
New Jersey Devils

Winning 40 games for the record 4th time in his career while leading the Devils to another division title it is clearly Brodeur turn to finally claim his Vezina prize.

CALDER TROPHY (Rookie of the Year)

Barrett Jackman
St. Louis Blues

Barrett Jackman showed the poise of a veteran as the Blues struggled to find a steady goalie and played without former Norris and Hart Winner Chris Pronger.

NORRIS TROPHY (Best Defenseman)

Al MacInnis
St. Louis Blues

The old veteran captures with hard slap shot captures the Norris Trophy for the 2nd time as the Blues still won without Chris Pronger, while using 7 different goalies.

HART TROPHY (NHL MVP)

Peter Forsberg Colorado Avalanche

As the Avalanche made a late charge from behind to capture their 9th straight division title Forsberg made a late run to capture the NHL scoring title to edge out Marcus Naslund for the Hart.

These are not just mere prediction but whom I believe should win the said awards. Slected by Frank Fleming on April 8, 2003 at 1:25 am EST

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