Part Two of a three-part series.
Here are my nominees from each team for this year's Masterton Trophy.
This does not
mean that I think each has an equal shot at the trophy, just that each is the most deserving from his team.
Many doubted he had anything left when waived by the Penguins. For Atlanta, he's brought the same effort he has for his entire career.
His long and winding road to the NHL finally paid off to the tune of an All-Star appearance.
His heart and the "heart" of the Sabres are not too far separated.
Left for dead by everyone, resurrected in Carolina.
About a week after the accident, the guy was already eating Buffalo Wings!
A resurgence in a place no one thought he could return to.
New Jersey--Colin White
Long-time rugged defenseman (like previous winner K.Daneyko
) overcoming an eye injury (like previous winner B.Berard
NY Islanders--Wade Dubielewicz
How can you not dig Dubie?
NY Rangers--Brendan Shanahan
Not only for his years of service, but for his work in getting the league back on the ice after the lockout.
Signed a two-way contract, but has become a significant contributor. A warrior on the ice, and a solid citizen off it.
From the heavily YouTubed
hit from D.Tucker
, to a puck in the face this year, to being placed on defense; he just keeps giving it everything. As always.
Who saw that coming?
Tampa Bay--Chris Gratton
Much maligned in many cities, but has carved out a nice little career for himself.
There's a precdent here (think M.Lemieux
, and P.Kessel
Has more scar tissue than original parts, but keeps battling.
UP NEXT: My Western Conference Nominees