Friday, June 13, 2008

The Remaining Awards Questions

Alexander Ovechkin received 128 of a possible 134 first-place votes for the Hart trophy. He also received four second-place votes, a third-place vote and no fourth- or fifth-place votes.

A little quick math reveals that Ovie was on 133 of 134 ballots, meaning that some joker - a member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association - didn't think that Alex was one of the top five players "adjudged to be the most valuable to his team" in the NHL this year.

Does that guy/gal really deserve a future vote? Should he/she be identified? Drawn and quartered? Discuss.

H/t to Pensblog on the math.

17 comments:

Rage said...

Put a Colin White jersey on him and let Ovy check him.

dcrock said...

dress him up as Slapshot and lock him in a room with Finley for awhile. That should take care of it.

hotdog88gt said...

That hit in his rookie year on Colin White has to be the best body check AO has thrown to date.

Hooks Orpik said...

The only thing I can think of is maybe one person didn't vote...Is there any news on how many total votes Malkin got? If it's 133 then maybe only 133 voted.

If it's 134 for Malkin, well someone out there doesn't deserve to vote. For anything. Ever.

JP said...

I liked when he blew up Vishnevski in Anaheim (though he left his feet... meh). The result of the Skrastins hit was also nice. And, of course, when he knocked Gonchar's head off his shoulders back in Russia during the lockout.

JP said...

@ Hooks -

Malkin was 1-66-27-13-13 = 120

Iginla was 2-41-33-26-15 = 117

All those mean, though, is that more people didn't have those guys in their top 5's.

Leahy's got the final tallies.

JP said...

I guess the question, then, is simply whether the "134 possible first-place votes" is based on the number of ballots the NHL received or the number it sent out.

Hooks Orpik said...

JP, on Leahy's blog it shows Lidstrom receiving 134 votes for the Norris (127-5-1-1).

Perhaps AO was the victim of a "hanging chad" on one ballot? That's the only thing I can think of.

JP said...

Who knows. It looks like Sid was named on 142 of 143 ballots last year, but Thornton was named on all 129 two years ago.

Bottom line is that leaving Sid last year or Ovie this year entirely off the ballot is indefensible and those voters should never again be allowed to vote for awards as they clearly don't take their duty seriously. It's similar to the idiocy that has made sure that no baseball player has ever been voted to the Hall of Fame unanimously - some writers just have an over-inflated sense of themselves.

breed16 said...

Meh, some jackass knew it was a foregone conclusion and wanted to throw some points the way of their old jerkle circle buddy, Scott Niedermayer. I mean, really? Scott Niedermayer? the Roger Clemens of hockey (minus the 'roids)?? Whether or not it's the same culprit, that guy should be banned too.

Garrett said...

Do you have to list 5 players? Could someone have, say, picked Iginla 1st and not filled out the other 4 spots?

dmg said...

I liked when he blew up Vishnevski in Anaheim (though he left his feet... meh).

I'll second that - it was fantastic because Visnevski was actually trying to hit AO.

JR said...

There were 134 total first place votes so the 134 people voted.

I think it's safe to assume the same douche that voted for Malkin left off Ovechkin, esp if they are anything like those whiny b's from pensblog.

Ogre said...

Wow, Mike Green was 7th in Norris voting? To me, that's amazing.

Backstrom came closer than I thought too.

Anonymous said...

i like that hit even more because he won that game with a hat trick in overtime

tg said...

There's been a call for providing a public record of voting for things like the NFL Hall of Fame. I don't know if that's what should happen here. Maybe that person had a good reason for not voting for Ovechkin, and if he knew he would be revealed to the public he might, in the future, bow to the "public sentiment" and vote a particular way just to avoid being the object of ridicule.

Of course, if you feel strongly enough to vote a certain way, you should be able to back up that opinion...

Hooks Orpik said...

It's looking like a Detroit influence may be involved here....The only writer out of the 134 that didn't name Ovechkin the #1 left winger, didn't name him to the team at all and voted Zetterberg as the #1 LW.