These are awards strictly for members of the Boston Bruins, and picked by me.
The Jack Edwards Award for Most Exciting Interview.
Blades The Bear, shows more excitement than anyone else when interviewed, and makes clear his energy level.
The Andy Brickley IQ Boost: awarded to the player with the most year over year improvement.
Shawn Thornton has contributed with his fists per usual, but has a career high in goals as a well. He’s just three away from setting a new career high in points as well.
Tim Thomas, the jump from last years mediocre play to this is not just a result of a healthy hip and hand, he prepared better.
Brad Marchand leads the Bruins in short handed points, and is the best performing rookie on the team. He’s played a game less than Seguin, seen negligible powerplay time, and has passed Seguin in points. On top of that his +/- went from a -3 last season to a +14 at the halfway point.
The Ray Bourque Award for Consistent Excellence:
Patrice Bergeron. He’s currently leading the Bruin’s in points, and is near or at the top of the chart any way you break them down: Even Strength, Short Handed, Powerplay. He get’s it done in all three zones, and does pretty much everything at a high level.
Tim Thomas, leads the NHL in shutouts, GAA, Sv% and added two assists. While there are guys ahead of him in wins, all have played more games.
Don Sweeney Standing in Shadow Award, going to the most under appreciated player.
Michael Ryder, he leads the team in powerplay goals, yes he has a -3 overall, but 42% of his production is on the powerplay.
Dennis Seidenberg, is number eight in the league in blocked shots, and less than half the guys in front of him have more goals than he does. He’s also second in scoring among Bruin’s defensemen.
The Bam Bam Cam Power Forward of the Year for the power forward that uses all his tools to help the team.
Nathan Horton, has three fighting majors already this season, and is high on the goal scoring ranks, throws the body and when healthy is visible in all three zones.
Milan Lucic, the comparisons to Cam Neely started early and haven’t really stopped. They also haven’t really panned out. This season they just might. He currently leads the team in goals, and is second overall in points.
More awards may be added as the season goes on.