Great Game last night, eh? The Sabres looked dominant in all elements of the game even if the score did not show a total blowout. However a 3-1 win over another floundering team does not leave me thinking playoff run. So lets focus on one of the three other major events in between the end of regular season and the beginning of the next preseason.
Easily the least entertaining of the three events, the award ceremony is usually something of a bore. The draft and free agency give us bountiful hope for the next season, while the award ceremony is a bit of a reflection on what could have been. Every year the award ceremony gives us players that we all wish were Sabres. Even when one of our guys wins an award be it Lindy Ruff, Ryan Miller, Tyler Myers or The Dominator, I am always jealous of the teams with their MVP’s, Rocket Richard’s, Selke’s, Art Ross’ and all the other big ones. Why can’t this year be the year that a veteran Sabre gets one of the big awards.
When evaluating the entire team for awards, there are no real candidates for most of the awards. No, we do not have the best defensive player, best goalie, best forward, best coach or MVP this year. But our captain, our largest bright spot in a pretty dismal year is capable of the Lady Byng award. Although, I am sure most of the readers know the criteria of Lady Byng, I will still give a refresher. This award is for the player that conducts himself as a gentleman on the ice while playing at a high level on the offensive side of the rink. Past winners include Pavel Datsyuk and Martin St. Louis in recent years and include greats such as Wayne Gretzky, Joe Sakic, Mike Bossy and Gilbert Perrault. While Pominville might not measure up in legacy to these greats, he certainly has the stats this year to be given the award. Our captain currently is in the top fifteen for points this year, averaging almost a point a game with 47 points in 50 games and has a svelte 8 minutes in penalties. As captain of the team he also must maintain a certain level of conduct dealing with referees in game.
If Pominville continues at this pace he will have close to 80 points this year and around 15 minutes in penalties. I am not saying that these are guaranteed numbers for the Lady Byng, but I think with the season being so close to a total disaster, we start campaigning for the captain to at least have a trip to Las Vegas when the season is over. There is no player on the team that deserves it more than Pominville.