The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is given out annually to the NHL player who exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey. The award has been voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association since 1968, and today they announced their nominees for 2022.
Past winners of the award include Oskar Lindblom (2021), Bobby Ryan (2020), Robin Lehner (2019), Brian Boyle (2018), Craig Anderson (2017), Jaromir Jagr (2016), Devan Dubnyk (2015), Dominic Moore (2014), and Josh Harding (2013).
Below are the nominees from each team:
Anaheim Ducks – Ryan Getzlaf
Arizona Coyotes – Andrew Ladd
Boston Bruins – Jake DeBrusk
Buffalo Sabres – Kyle Okposo
Calgary Flames – Chris Tanev
Carolina Hurricanes – Antti Raanta
Chicago Blackhawks – Dylan Strome
Colorado Avalanche – Jack Johnson
Columbus Blue Jackets – Justin Danforth
Dallas Stars – Tyler Seguin
Edmonton Oilers – Kris Russell
Florida Panthers – Anthony Duclair
Los Angeles Kings – Blake Lizotte
Minnesota Wild – Jared Spurgeon
Montreal Canadiens – Carey Price
Nashville Predators – Mark Borowiecki
New Jersey Devils – Nico Hischier
New York Islanders – Zdeno Chara
New York Rangers – Chris Kreider
Ottawa Senators – Anton Forsberg
Philadelphia Flyers – Kevin Hayes
Pittsburgh Penguins – Brian Boyle
St. Louis Blues – Vladimir Tarasenko
Seattle Kraken – Jaden Schwartz
Tampa Bay Lightning – Alex Killorn
Toronto Maple Leafs – Ondrej Kase
Vancouver Canucks – Luke Schenn
Vegas Golden Knights – Jack Eichel
Winnipeg Jets – Josh Morrissey
Washington Capitals – Nicklas Backstrom
The part where each team has a nominee results in some that are more insult than honor.
Jake DeBrusk persevered through being lousy.
Look, we all know what the Masterton really is: the NHL’s comeback player of the year award. The likes of DeBrusk and Kase are as valid contestants for that as any.
@forwhomjoshbelltolled – To be fair, DeBrusk and Kase (at least), have been trying to get back from concussions. Jake may have soured on Boston, but they couldn’t afford to dump him at the deadline, since he was producing better than their proposed alternatives. Kase seems to be the epitome of snake-bite; he just can’t get healthy to save his butt.
Fair enough, I didn’t know about the concussion. But, still…too many forced candidates get put into the mix with the guys like Lindblom, who are obvious candidates.
@forwhomjoshbelltolled – Forced candidates do muddy the water, don’t they? This year’s Oskar should have been Kevin Hayes, as a clear-cut leader in the vote, but losing so many games to injury, might make things a bit messy. If I had a vote, it’d be for Kevin.
They’ll give it to eichel. Just watch.
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My vote is on Tarasenko. Had three surgeries on his shoulder in two years. The season he’s having, I thought his goal scoring days were diminishing.
Wouldn’t surprise if Chara is a nominee, only because of dedication. Similar to Jagr when he won it.
I’d go with Tarasenko too.
Carey Price probably wins it this year.
Hayes has the story for sure.