Probably the least glamorous of the NHL Awards is the Lady Byng Trophy. In a game that’s known for its grit, hard-nosed play and bone-crushing collisions, it can be tough for a player to accept an award for “sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.”
My pick: Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay
For as long as he’s in the league, St. Louis is going to be a candidate for this award. He put up 30-50-80 totals while playing all 82 games and accumulating just 14 penalty minutes all season. He’s averaged just 22 PIM over the last three seasons. All the while in 2008-09, he did it under the most frustrating of situations with a team that greatly underachieved and earned a chance to grab the No. 1 pick for a second straight year.
The PHWA requires five picks, so I also voted for: 2. Brad Boyes, St. Louis; 3. Patrick Marleau, San Jose; 4. Jason Pominville, Buffalo; 5. Michael Ryder, Boston.