Erik Karlsson’s Norris award caps big week for Senators star, Canadiens Max Pacioretty win Masterton award, Eberle and Nugent-Hopkins fall short, and the latest draft updates on the Canucks, Maple Leafs, Jets and Flames.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson was overwhelmed to win the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman, capping a big week in which he also re-signed a seven-year, $45.5 million contract extension with the Senators.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Norris win will only heighten expectations. Here’s hoping the young Karlsson is ready for the challenge.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty won the Masterton Trophy for perseverance in overcoming a serious neck injury to have the best season of his young NHL career.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers Jordan Eberle (Lady Byng nominee) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Calder nominee) left the NHL awards empty-handed, coming up short to Florida’s Brian Campbell and Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog respectively.
VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks GM Mike Gillis needs to improve on his draft record.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs are still playing the waiting game with their recent draft picks. To date, none of the Leafs prospects selected by GM Brian Burke have become NHL regulars.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets head coach Claude Noel is hoping this year’s draft will be a memorable one.
CALGARY SUN: Could the Flames try to move up in this year’s entry draft?