The future of the NHL season is currently in question due to the COVID-19 outbreak here, in North America. If this means the end of the NHL season we can use this time to reflect on what was a very…well, entertaining season, to say the least. This season was nothing short of a roller-coaster for the Toronto Maple Leafs, with many great individual performances. Here are the Maple Leafs 2019/20 season awards.
The Vezina Trophy gets awarded every season to the league’s top goaltender. This is one of the easier selections to make for this Maple Leafs team, and it goes to Frederik Andersen.
Yes, Andersen has certainly had his struggles this season, but he was a big factor in the Leafs success this season and the Leafs would be no where near a playoff spot without him.
Andersen posted a record of 29 wins, 13 losses, and seven overtime losses. He also has .909 save percentage and 2.85 goals against average.
Rocket Richard Trophy
The Rocket Richard trophy gets awarded to the league’s top scorer every season. Auston Matthews takes this award home for the 2019/20 season.
Matthews leads the Leafs this season with 47 goals in 70 games played which would put him just one goal back of the league lead. Matthews was also on pace to become the first Maple Leafs player to reach the 50 goal plateau since Dave Andreychuk in the 1993/94 season.
The Norris trophy gets awarded to the league’s top defenseman at the end of every season. Although defense is one area that the Leafs struggle in, Jake Muzzin has been a solid option all season.
In his second season with the Leafs, Muzzin has really stepped up his game and solidified himself as their top blue-liner. He has also proven to be a valuable piece of the leadership group which has really helped this young squad.
Muzzin has just recently signed an extension to stay with the Leafs for another four seasons.
Bill Masterson Memorial Trophy
The Bill Masterson memorial trophy goes out to the person who shows perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to the game of hockey. in an easy selection, Zach Hyman is the most deserving of this award on the Maple Leafs roster.
Hyman missed the start of the season after recovering from a torn ACL. he put up 21 goals and 16 assists this season for 37 points after missing 19 games. He has already tied his career high in goals in only 51 games played this season.
When he came back from injury, he did not miss a step and looked like his old self. We all saw him battling in the corners and never taking a shift off, which is what fans have been used to from Hyman.
Calder Memorial Trophy
Every season, the NHL awards the league’s top rookie with the Calder Memorial trophy. The Leafs have had a few rookies make an impact this season, but the player who is most deserving of this trophy is defenseman Rasmus Sandin.
Sandin was drafted in 2018 and was their top prospect since. After an impressive season with Marlies, General Manager Kyle Dubas thought he was ready to make the jump to the NHL.
After getting sent back down to the Marlies earlier in the year, he got another chance with the big boys and proved that he is here to stay.
When the Leafs got hit with the injury bug, Head Coach Sheldon Keefe depended on Sandin to step up, and that’s what he did. he has 8 points in 28 points this season, but what he’s done for the team goes beyond the score sheet.
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy
This goes to the player who best exemplified good sportsmanship, along with a high standard of play. The player most deserving of this award on the Leafs is Auston Matthews.
Matthews earned this trophy by leading the team with goals, points and the least number of penalty minutes.
Matthews is among the best players in the game, and it was an easy decision to give Matthews his second award.
Art Ross Trophy
This award goes to the player that leads the league in points every season. Auston Matthews is the recipient of this award for the Leafs.
What is there to say? He’s been that good this season. Matthews leads the Leafs with 80 points and 47 goals this season, both of which are career-highs.
Hart Memorial Trophy
At the end of every season, the league awards the Hart Trophy to its most valuable player. In the Leafs case, it goes to Auston Matthews…again.
Auston Matthews is among the most elite players in the NHL, so this shouldn’t come as a surprise. He was playing the best hockey of his career in every aspect of the game this season. He helped elevate this Leafs team to a different level and also dug them out of some big holes. Matthews is the Leafs MVP of the 2019/20 NHL season.
These would be the recipients of the Leafs awards for the 2019/20 season. We have seen many great performances from Leafs players this season, but these players mentioned have stood out above all.
Let’s hope the NHL can find a way to finish the regular season and playoffs, and have a Stanley Cup champion this season.
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