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Winnipeg Jets defenceman Jacob Trouba (8) skates with the puck as Minnesota Wild defenceman Ryan Suter (20) defends in the first period at Xcel Energy Center.

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One of the fun things we get to do as part of being in the Professional Hockey Writers' Association is fill out a ballot for a handful of the NHL's year-end awards at the end of every season.

And by "fun" I mean a laborious, difficult and no-win task that ends with people e-mailing to call you an idiot for the following few weeks.

As with most voters, my ballots sometimes have a few quirks, as I believe goaltenders should get more love for the Hart, defencemen more consideration for the Byng and that no one touches Patrice Bergeron as a defensive forward.

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I also consult some analytics like possession and usage stats to help inform my choices (like Mark Giordano), which is likely why they may look a little different than other voters. Except, of course, the top choice for MVP…

(1) NHL Trophies

HART TROPHY ("to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team") -- Five selections.

1. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh

2. Semyon Varlamov, Colorado

3. Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles

4. Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim

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5. Carey Price, Montreal

NORRIS TROPHY ("to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position") -- Five selections.

1. Mark Giordano, Calgary

2. Zdeno Chara, Boston

3. Drew Doughty, Los Angeles

4. Shea Weber, Nashville

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5. Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis

CALDER TROPHY ("to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition") -- Five selections.

1. Jacob Trouba, Winnipeg

2. Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado

3. Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay

4. Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay

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5. Frederik Andersen, Anaheim

LADY BYNG TROPHY ("to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability") -- Five selections.

1. Marc-Edouard Vlasic, San Jose

2. Duncan Keith, Chicago

3. Ryan O'Reilly, Colorado

4. Frans Nielsen, NY Islanders

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5. Valeri Nichushkin, Dallas

SELKE TROPHY ("to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game") -- Five selections.

1. Patrice Bergeron, Boston

2. Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles

3. David Backes, St. Louis

4. Alex Steen, St. Louis

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5. Jonathan Toews, Chicago

(2) NHL All-Star Team

CENTER -- Three selections.

1. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh

2. Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles

3. Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim

RIGHT WING -- Three selections.

1. Corey Perry, Anaheim

2. Phil Kessel, Toronto

3. Alex Ovechkin, Washington

LEFT WING -- Three selections.

1. Joe Pavelski, San Jose

2. Jamie Benn, Dallas

3. Patrick Sharp, Chicago

DEFENSE -- SIX selections.

1. Mark Giordano, Calgary

2. Zdeno Chara, Boston

3. Drew Doughty, Los Angeles

4. Shea Weber, Nashville

5. Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis

6. Erik Karlsson, Ottawa

GOALTENDER -- Three selections.

1. Tuukka Rask, Boston

2. Semyon Varlamov, Colorado

3. Carey Price, Montreal

(3) NHL All-Rookie Team

FORWARD -- Three selections, regardless of position.

1. Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado

2. Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay

3. Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay

DEFENSE -- Two selections.

1. Jacob Trouba, Winnipeg

2. Olli Maatta, Pittsburgh

GOAL -- One selection.

1. Frederik Andersen, Anaheim

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