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NHL announces Lady Byng finalists

Continuing the parade of nominees who will take part in the NHL Awards in Las Vegas this June, the NHL announced the nominees for the Lady Byng Award.

Typically disparaged by many players and fans, the award goes to "the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability." It's really too bad that this is looked down upon so much. Pavel Datsyuk is the three-time defending winner in this category.

Dustin Brown would have made a nice candidate, considering how he led the league in Penalty Plus/Minus. Opponents hooked, tripped, and slashed him like crazy, but he didn't retaliate in kind.

But the nominees are...


Pavel Datsyuk

#13 / Center / Detroit Red Wings

5-11

194

Jul 20, 1978



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2008 - Pavel Datsyuk 81 32 65 97 34 22 11 1 3 0 248 12.9


Zach Parise

#9 / Left Wing / New Jersey Devils

5-11

190

Jul 28, 1984



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2008 - Zach Parise 82 45 49 94 30 24 14 0 8 3 364 12.4


Martin St. Louis

#26 / Right Wing / Tampa Bay Lightning

5-9

177

Jun 18, 1975



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2008 - Martin St. Louis 82 30 50 80 4 14 7 2 3 1 262 11.5