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If Award voting was after the playoffs...

As it stands, all NHL awards are voted on between the end of the regular season and the start of the playoffs, excepting the Conn Smythe as it's a playoff award, the stat-based Maurice Richard, Art Ross and William M. Jennings awards, and the Messier Leadership Award which isn't voted on.

While we'll find out the winners tomorrow night, how would the voting likely have been affected if it were done after the playoffs instead? How much of an impact would the playoffs have had? Would any of the regular season favourites to win have been unseated? Read on for my thoughts on who would have been helped, who would have been hurt, and by how much. And of course, add your own thoughts in the comments.

Hart Memorial Trophy

The Hart Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the player judged to be the most valuable to his team.

Finalists - Lundqvist, Malkin, Stamkos

You have to think Lundqvist would benefit from the playoffs being included. The Rangers leaned on him and he came through with a better SV% than what he had in the regular season, though his GAA suffered slightly. Malkin had 1.33 PPG, but with 8 (!) Penguins clocking in at 1 PPG or more he hardly stands out from the crowd. Not much to say about Stamkos, given he was on the outside looking in for the playoffs this year.

Biggest gain - Lundqvist

Biggest loss - Stamkos

Impact - Low

Vezina Trophy

The Vezina Trophy is an annual award given to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at this position.

Finalists - Lundqvist, Quick, Rinne

Not much to say about Lundqvist that I didn't say in regards to the Hart. 2 words to say about Quick: Conn Smythe. Rinne improved his SV% and GAA. The first 2 games against Phoenix weren't so great, but he was solid the rest of the time.

Biggest gain - Quick. Was there really any doubt on this one?

Biggest loss - None I guess? Though more based on the play of Quick than any failings of Rinne or Lundqvist.

Impact - High

James Norris Memorial Trophy

The James Norris Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position.

Finalists - Chara, Karlsson, Weber

Chara was Chara. Any loss in standing would be due to the first round bow-out from the B's, rather than anything Chara did specifically. Karlsson's production was almost completely shut down by the Rangers, with 1 goal, no assists. But not for lack of trying. His 4.4 shots per game lead all d-men in the playoffs by a full shot per game, and was well up from his regular season 3.2. Weber's point production was down too - but not as much as Karlsson's. Then there's the glass face-wash he gave Zetterberg.

Biggest gain - Chara

Biggest loss - Karlsson (ouch)

Impact - Medium

Calder Memorial Trophy

The Calder Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League.

Finalists - Henrique, Landeskog, Nugent-Hopkins

Adam Henrique actually played in the playoffs. The same cannot be said for Landeskog or Nugent-Hopkins.

Biggest gain - Henrique

Biggest loss - None

Impact - Low

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy

The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.

Finalists - Campbell, Eberle, Moulson

Campbell had 5 points in 7 games, and kept his nose clean. Eberle and Moulson had already cleared out their lockers for the summer.

Biggest gain - Campbell

Biggest loss - None

Impact - Small

Frank J. Selke Trophy

The Frank J. Selke Trophy is an annual award given to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.

Finalists - Backes, Bergeron, Datsyuk

Backes faced the toughest 5v5 competition of the 3, but the whole team got creamed by the Kings. Bergeron faced the weakest 5v5 competition of the 3, but lost a tight series against the Caps. Datsyuk was middle of the road - of every road in this case. I'm sure there is a Goldilocks joke in there somewhere.

Biggest gain - Bergeron

Biggest loss - Backes

Impact - Medium

Jack Adams Award

The Jack Adams Award is an annual award presented to the NHL coach judged to have contributed the most to his team's success.

Finalists - Hitchcock, MacLean, Tortorella

Sure, St. Louis trampled San Jose, but the team fell apart against Los Angeles. MacLean led the Sens to 7 games against the top seed. Even put in 2 players who had never played a single NHL game. Tortorella went the furthest in the playoffs, but being taken to 7 games against 8th, then 7 games against 7th before losing in 6 to 6th. 3rd round is nice, but you kind of expected more from 1st in the East.

Biggest gain - MacLean

Biggest loss - Hitchcock

Impact - Medium

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is given to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.

Finalists - Alfredsson, Lupul, Pacioretty

Alfredsson got concussed, came back. That's perseverance and dedication. Slight hit on the sportsmanlike part though, with the show of frustration in game 6. Lupul and Pacioretty were booking tee times.

Biggest gain - Alfredsson

Biggest loss - None

Impact - Medium

Ted Lindsay Award

The Ted Lindsay Award is presented annually to the "most outstanding player" in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the National Hockey League Players' Association.

Finalists - Lundqvist, Malkin, Stamkos

See: Hart Memorial Trophy. I don't see the reasoning for this one being any different for that one.

NHL Foundation Award

The NHL Foundation Player Award is awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL) player "who applies the core values of (ice) hockey-commitment, perseverance and teamwork-to enrich the lives of people in his community".

Impact - None

General Manager of the Year

An annual award presented to recognize the work of the league's general managers

Finalists - Armstrong, Poile, Tallon

Not much for GMs to do in the playoffs that shouldn't be left to their coaches. But somehow, Polie found something to do when he suspended Radulov and Kostitsyn. Preds won the next game. Maybe coincidence, maybe not, but the move took guts when you're down 2-0 in the series.

Biggest gain - Poile

Biggest loss - None

Impact - Low

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