Hubba hubba! Here's the Bubbas

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:13 AM ET

Every year around this time, hockey writers are voting for the NHLers who have most impressed them during the regular season.

The players get a vote, too, but their category is limited to the Lester B. Pearson -- the most outstanding player.

As someone who's always got an opinion ready, we thought it would be fun to consult Flames defenceman Anders Eriksson -- known as Bubba in the locker-room -- to see which teammates he would throw hardware at. Of course, he added a few categories on top of the usuals.

And the Bubba goes to ...

HART MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Robyn Regehr: When the real one is handed out this summer, Jarome Iginla will likely be a finalist, but Eriksson says the captain has some competition. "Iggy's the MVP in the sense of leadership and stuff, but I think a guy like Robyn Regehr doesn't get enough acknowledgment. He's a huge part of this team. I would give it to Reg, I think."

Runner-up: Jarome Iginla.

NORRIS BEST DEFENCEMAN

Dion Phaneuf: It didn't hurt that the third-year star was walking by at the same moment his name was mentioned, but it's hard to argue against the 22-year-old who will celebrate a birthday next week. He's also a candidate to be a finalist at the real awards dinner. "Neuf's been a huge part, putting a lot of points on the board and playing tough and physical and leading the team."

Runner-up: Robyn Regehr.

SELKE BEST DEFENSIVE FORWARD

Daymond Langkow: "I was going to say I haven't seen anyone over the course of 81 games," said Eriksson, who as a defender has the urge to take a shot at the forwards any chance he gets. "Daymond, I think he's been really solid. I would give it to him over the course of playing a lot of games."

Runner-up: Alex Tanguay.

LADY BYNG

GENTLEMANLY CONDUCT

Daymond Langkow: "It's kind of funny because you always categorize Mr. Langkow as a really hard, gritty, tough kind of player. I think he got 22 PIMs all year. I got 30. I could be a candidate -- a lot of people would say I'm not physical enough."

Runner-up: Kristian Huselius.

CALDER ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Eric Nystrom: Some guys never seem to get the rookie jitters, and Nystrom definitely doesn't display any of the usual freshman fear. The guys have many nicknames for the confident winger, and most make light of the fact he acts as if he's a 10-year veteran. Either way, it's an easy choice as he's the team's only rookie.

CRAZY CROONER

TOP SINGER

Mark Smith: His unique selections on the iPod, and talents as a musician sometimes have others believe he marches to the beat of his own drummer. "I think he's got dual personalities -- sits and talks and sings by himself in the corner. Reg and I have a laugh about it every day."

RAISED RIGHT

MOST POLITE FLAME

Cory Sarich: Never one to show a lack of patience with the media, apparently the thoughtful defenceman is equally courteous to his teammates. "Excuse me ... pardon me ... excuse me."

MULLET CROWN

BEST HAIR FLOW

David Hale: The close-cropped locks he displayed when he arrived in Calgary last season have been allowed to grow wild. Maybe he's refusing to get a trim until he nets his first NHL goal.

TALENTED MR. RIPLEY

BEST IMPRESSIONIST

Adrian Aucoin: Able to crack up journalists with his multiple impressions from Slap Shot, the veteran defenceman saves his best work for behind closed doors. Among his best are imitations of teammate Dustin Boyd and Red Wings goalie Dominik Hasek. "He does Boydie to a T. He doesn't do the Langkow very good ... but he tries."

MILE-A-MINUTE MAN

RESIDENT MOTORMOUTH

Craig Conroy: If they gave a league-wide trophy for this one, Conroy would be the odds-on favourite for his honest, quick answers. Eriksson would likely be runner-up.

COMPOSITE CAROUSEL

LEAST LOYAL TO HIS STICK

Craig Conroy: "I don't think I've ever seen a player change brand, curve, knob, colour of sticks more than he does in a season. He must have gone through 100 different sticks."


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