Ovechkin, Green Earn Sporting News Recognition

Based on a vote of NHL players, The Sporting News has named Alex Ovechkin its NHL player of the year. Ovechkin was named at the top of 250 of 287 ballots. Expect a similar margin next month when the Hart and Pearson balloting is revealed.

Ovechkin and Caps defenseman Mike Green were also named to TSN’s NHL all-star team, also by a vote of their peers. Individuals could not vote for themselves and players could not vote for their teammates.

Chicago’s Patrick Kane was named TSN’s NHL rookie of the year, with Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom placing second in the balloting.


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4 Comments on “Ovechkin, Green Earn Sporting News Recognition”

  1. notfadeaway Says:

    Backstrom should win rookie of the year. He was the top center on a team that won its division.

  2. Mike L Says:

    To me it’s a toss-up with Backstrom and Kane. They’re both going to be very good for a very long time in the NHL. If Nick is runner up to Kane, I won’t be disappointed, and I’m sure it will make him work harder this coming season. Look what happened when Alex won the Calder and Sid the Kid was runner up (followed by Dion Phaneuff). Crosby went on to be MVP the next year. And this year, I bet some of what got Alex going was Crosby’s MVP. And Phaneuff is a Norris finalist (he won’t win, Lidstrom will). It is very possible that Crosby and Ovechkin will end up pushing each other the way Bird and Magic did in the NBA back in the 1980s…

  3. Dan, Jr. Says:

    I don’t see how anybody could vote against Ovechkin for player of the year. Green and Backstrom were both great, but it’s possible to imagine someone putting Lidstom and Kane above them.

  4. doug Says:

    I think Ovie is a veritable lock to win the MVP Award. Backstrom will make a strong showing for Calder, but may come up short. Coach Boudreau is also a strong candidate for the coach of the year. I hope Coach BB wins the award. I’m sure if Backstrom finishes second, the Caps fans still realize how valuable he is and we hope he is around here for as long as Ovechkin is.

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