Patrice Bergeron, Tuukka Rask Favorites For NHL Awards In Coaches Poll

Highly respected TSN hockey insider Bob McKenzie recently polled 16 NHL head coaches to see how they would rank the top candidates for some of the end-of-the-year awards, including the Hart Trophy.

Four players from the Boston Bruins received consideration from the coaches.

Tuukka Rask was the top choice for the Vezina Trophy, which is awarded to the most outstanding goaltender. He leads the league in shutouts (seven) and even-strength save percentage (.944) and has posted a 35-15-6 record.

Bruins center Patrice Bergeron was the leading candidate for the Selke Trophy, an award given to the best defensive forward. Bergeron has scored 29 goals, leads the league in corsi-for percentage (a puck-possession stat) and has won the most faceoffs.

Boston captain Zdeno Chara trails Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith in McKenzie’s Norris Trophy results, but he’s not far behind.

Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, who leads all rookies in scoring with 62 points, is the top choice for the Calder Trophy (rookie of the year). Bruins defenseman Torey Krug received consideration.

Bruins head coach Claude Julien, who has led the Original Six club to a league-best 114 points through 79 games, finished second in the Jack Adams Award results. Unsurprisingly, Colorado Avalanche bench boss Patrick Roy was the leader.

All of the NHL awards will be revealed at a special ceremony in Las Vegas after the 2014 Stanley Cup Final. For NESN.com’s latest award rankings, click here.