NHL.com is running weekly installments of their Trophy Tracker series this season, polling writers across the league for their thoughts on the league’s annual awards.
Five NHL.com writers per division rank their top three for each award. This week, the Blackhawks were incredibly well represented.
Kevin Lankinen was voted the runner-up to unanimous Vezina would-be winner Andrei Vasilevskiy.
Patrick Kane was the unanimous selection for the Hart Trophy in the division.
Why I picked Kane: “Kane leads the Blackhawks in scoring by a large margin, a big reason they are in a playoff spot.” — Nicholas J. Cotsonika, columnist
Regarding the voting for the Calder Trophy, Chicago was represented with all three finalists in the division.
Lankinen received 21 points (four votes for first place), Pius Suter received 17 points (one first place vote) and Philipp Kurashev received four points.
Why I picked Lankinen: “Even after he allowed five goals against the Blue Jackets on Saturday, Lankinen is still among the NHL leaders in save percentage. Never mind rookies, he’s one of the best at his position in the NHL right now.” — Brian Compton, deputy managing editor