Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin remains hopeful of winning a second straight Lady Byng Trophy as he is one of three finalists in the running for the National Hockey League's Most Gentlemanly Player award ( NHL).
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Still in action during the playoffs, the 28-year-old is battling Winnipeg Jets left wing Kyle Connor and Minnesota Wild guard Jared Spurgeon.
If he has the last laugh again, Slavin will become the first recipient of two such trophies in a row since Martin St-Louis, who was selected in 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 when he played with the Tampa Bay Lightning. . This season, he totaled 1858 min 52 s of play and received 10 penalty minutes. His performances also helped the "Canes" win the William-M trophy. Jennings; these conceded 202 goals.
For his part, Connor spent only four minutes in jail despite his 79 meetings. He averaged 21:47 per outing. Offensively, he distinguished himself with 46 assists, a personal best, and 28 points on the power play. No color carrier from the once Atlanta-based dealership got the Lady-Byng.
Finally, Spurgeon is one of the finalists for the second year in a row. Having played an average of 21:09, he finished with 10 penalty minutes under his belt. In 65 games, he scored 40 points, including 10 goals, to help the Wild take second place in the Central Division with 53 wins and 113 points. In the last 12 seasons, he has finished seven times with 10 penalty minutes or less.
The three players still in the running were determined by the Professional Association of Hockey Writers. The identity of the winner will be revealed later in the Stanley Cup playoffs.