It’s time for the first annual Brotherly Puck end of season awards! These prestigious awards are named after worthy players and given to the most deserving player in each category!
Mike Knuble Most Improved Player: Scott Laughton
Laughton not only set new career highs in goals, assists, and points, his overall play has risen to another level. Arguably the most consistent Flyer all season, Laughton’s two-way ability has helped lift the bottom six.
Kimmo Timonen MVP Award: Carter Hart
Carter Hart made his NHL debut on December 18 and the momentum of the season immediately turned around. He tied an NHL record for longest win streak by a goaltender under 21 with eight games from January 14 to February 9. As of this article, he has a 2.72 GAA and .921 SV%, not bad for a 20-year-old.
Simon Gagne Offensive Player of the Year Award: Sean Couturier
Even after a slow start thanks to the abysmal team assembled by Ron Hextall and Dave Hakstol, Couturier still managed to record his second straight 30+ goal and 70+point season.
Samuel Morin Defensive Player of the Year Award: Travis Sanheim
Once the chains Dave Hakstol had him in were removed, Sanheim quickly rose to the occasion and became on of the top defenseman on the team. He is averaging about 23 minutes a night, which is second amongst defenseman behind Ivan Provorov and over six more than he was averaging under Hakstol.
Steve Mason Goaltender of the Year Award: Carter Hart
Even with eight different goalies suiting up for the Flyers this season, Hart has still managed to play the most games and most wins as well as posting the best save percentage and goals against average.
The Richards/Carter Duo of the Year Award: Nolan Patrick & Travis Konecny
The modern-day Bash Bros, Konecny and Patrick have formed a dangerous tandem on the ice. They have found chemistry offensively on the ice, as well as sticking up for each other physically. As of the writing of this article, they have combined for 125 hits and 76 points.
Eric Desjardins Unsung Hero Award: Oskar Lindblom
Lindblom had a rough start to the season as he found himself in Dave Hakstol’s doghouse. It wasn’t until Scott Gordon arrived and actually let Oskar Lindblom play that he found his place in the NHL. While offense has yet to develop, just 13 goals and 29 points, his two-way play has improved drastically. He still sees regular solid minutes, so it should be just a matter of time before he takes a big step forward in his career.
Wayne Simmonds Leadership Award: Claude Giroux
The long-time saying has been the team goes the way the Captain goes. Claude Giroux is still the lifeblood of the Flyers and carries the team of his back on a nightly basis. Now 31, Giroux still hit the 20-goal, 80-point plateau for the third time in his career.
Ilya Bryzgalov Most Quotable Player: Travis Konecny
Surprisingly this wasn’t unanimous, but it should have been. Konecny’s segment on the Wired: Stadium Series, had all of the Flyers community talking for days after. From his comments to Patric Hornqvist, calling him a “useless shit” and the more famous quote calling Malkin a “nerd”, Konecny more than earned this award.
By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
photo credit: NHL.com