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2007 NHL Awards: The Kid comes through

2007 NHL Awards: The Kid comes through

2007 NHL Awards: The Kid comes through
May 22, 2007

The NHL season's biggest prize still is up for the taking, but our end-of-the-season awards are in. Winners in each category were determined by votes from their peers, and voting was conducted before the playoffs began. Individuals couldn't vote for themselves, and players could not vote for teammates.

Player of the year
center, Pittsburgh Penguins

Fans weren't the only ones impressed with Crosby's sophomore season. The Art Ross Trophy winner as the league's leading scorer received 110 of the 210 votes from his fellow players; Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier was a distant second with 24 votes.

Crosby led his team into the playoffs and finished the season with 120 points on 36 goals and 84 assists. His presence and play also helped the Penguins secure an arena deal to stay in Pittsburgh. Not bad for a kid who won't turn 20 until August.

Executive of the Year
Executive VP-general manager, Predators

Poile's Predators didn't make the long playoff run he had hoped for, but the roster he assembled was one of the league's best during the regular season -- and earned him the respect of his peers.

"He has drafted well and used those drafted players in a prudent way to improve his team at the right time," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli says. "The development of his drafts and the timing of the acquisition of free agents has been very well-synchronized."

Poile received 11 of the 39 votes for executive of the year. Sabres G.M. Darcy Regier was second with nine votes.

Coach of the Year

Trotz's ability to keep this team together and at the top of its game throughout the season earned him coach of the year honors. Trotz, who received five of the 22 votes cast, deftly handled individual players to ensure the Predators' consistent success. He found a way to incorporate Peter Forsberg into the lineup after a late-season trade, something that was not as easy as it may sound. Penguins coach Michel Therrien was second with 3 1/2 votes.

Rookie of the Year
C, Penguins

Malkin wasn't head and shoulders above the rest of the rookies, as was expected when the season began. The Penguins' Jordan Staal and the Avalanche's Paul Stastny also had very impressive seasons, but Malkin's left the biggest impact on his peers. He picked up 121 of 210 votes cast; Stastny finished second with 49.

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