Our experts hand out NHL hardware

Sidney Crosby (left) and P.K. Subban will be walking away with the Hart and Norris Trophy,...

Sidney Crosby (left) and P.K. Subban will be walking away with the Hart and Norris Trophy, respectively, if the panel of Sun Media writers has its way. (QMI Agency files)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:56 PM ET

It is Paul MacLean’s bushy ’stache.

It is P.K. Subban’s unique mix of skill and swagger, a combination that allows him to beat you on any given play, then let’s him tell you about it.

It is Sidney Crosby — always Sidney Crosby — whose remarkable talents leave us mesmorized at times, even in a season in which he has battled injuries.

It is Jonathan Huberdeau’s ridiculous on-ice moves, the trademark of a kid who has been one of the lone bright lights in a season of injury and mediocrity for the Florida Panthers down in the Sunshine State.

And it is Bob, the resilient Bob, who left the goaltending wasteland of Philadelphia to become arguably the Cinderella story of the NHL this season.

These are the symbols of the strike-shortened 2013 NHL season, the works of five individuals whose performances rose above the rest in what has been a wild and wacky three-month ride.

With the lockout-compressed 48-game regular season winding down to its final week, we wanted to pick the brains of some of the finest hockey scribes in the land to find out who had made themselves worthy of some of the NHL’s top awards.

Mandate in hand, we had 17 puckheads representing Sun Media/QMI Agency from across the country cast their votes for five prestigious NHL trophies — the Hart (MVP), Norris (top defenceman), Vezina (top goalie), Calder (top rookie) and Jack Adams (top coach). Our all-star panel represented publications from each of the seven Canadian NHL cities — Le Journal du Montreal, Ottawa Sun, Toronto Sun, Winnipeg Sun, Edmonton Sun, Calgary Sun and 24 Hours Vancouver.

Every panelist was asked to provide his top five picks, in order, for each piece of coveted hockey hardware. Points allotment ranged from five for a top selection downward to one for a No. 5 pick.

The results are in the numbers. Sid The Kid was the choice for the Hart, beating out Jonathan Toews, John Tavares and Alex Ovechkin. Subban edged out Ryan Suter for the Norris, while Subban’s Habs teammate, Brendan Gallagher, was nosed out by Jonathan Huberdeau for the Calder. Ottawa’s MacLean was the choice for the Adams while Columbus’ Sergei Bobrovsky was a slam-dunk winner for the Vezina.

Agree? Disagree? That’s up to you. Let the debate begin.


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