NHL awards: The most egregious and bizarre votes


With the 2022 NHL awards officially in the books, fans now got to see exactly how reporters across the league chose to vote.

Auston Matthews was voted the winner of the Hart Trophy by the media, while Igor Shesterkin won the Vézina Trophy, and Moritz Seider was named Calder winner. Some were a little surprised to see Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar take home the Norris Trophy Romain Josi of the Nashville Predatorseven though both had very strong cases.

Although there are controversial votes every year, a special bulletin for the Hart Trophy has sparked much debate. This journalist chose to leave Matthews and Connor McDavid among his top five for the award, which is given annually to the player deemed most valuable to his team. Instead, he chose to select Kirill Kaprizov, Josi, Shesterkin, Jonathan Huberdeau and JT Miller.

One thing that is important to note is that every journalist is entitled to their own opinion. That said, without counting That is Matthews or McDavid on a ballot is simply unacceptable given the seasons they’ve had. Matthews, who rightfully won the award, had a career-high and league-best 60 goals in just 73 games, while McDavid’s 123 points earned him his fourth Art Ross Trophy.

Auston Matthews was a big winner at the NHL Awards. (Photo by Kevin Sousa/NHLI via Getty Images)

This decision was not the only one that had caused some head-scratching. Another lone reporter failed to place Josi, whose 96 points led all defensemen in points this season, in his top five. In a funnier but more bizarre move, another reporter opted to give Tuukka Rask — who played just four games in 2021-22 before retiring — a third-team All-Star vote.

These journalists, while receiving their beatings from some fans every year, generally do a respectable job in deciding these awards. For some reason, though, there always seems to be a few who overthink their decisions or just try to elicit a reaction. Whatever the reasoning, it didn’t seem to affect the outcome, as the players winning each award deserved it.

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