Oilersnation Year-End Awards: Final Results

Jonathan Willis
May 02 2013 08:05AM

On Tuesday, we presented our contributors’ cases for the Oilers’ award winners, but opened the process up to our commenters to make the final decisions. After the jump, Oilers Nation’s choices for the best (and most disappointing) players in Edmonton.

Most Valuable Player

Winner: Taylor Hall

Hall was the unanimous choice of Oilers Nation writers, and our commenters were clearly okay with that nearly 97 percent of voters gave him the nod as the team’s most valuable player. Devan Dubnyk, with a sliver under two percent of the vote, came in a distant second. As 21 years of age, Hall was the best, most dynamic player on the roster this year and nobody else was even close. A bonus: the 'they should have drafted Seguin' talk has finally quieted down.

Best Forward

Winner: Taylor Hall

Not really a big surprise, given the MVP voting, though strangely Hall only took 95 percent of the vote in this one. Rookie forward Nail Yakupov, with two percent, was the runner-up.

Best Defenceman

Winner: Ladislav Smid

This one split our columnists, and unsurprisingly was the most competitive race with our commenters too: Ladislav Smid took 46 percent of the vote to Jeff Petry’s 32 percent; Justin Schultz finished in third with 19 percent. Earlier in the year, the question was whether Smid, a pending unrestricted free agent, would even finish the season in Edmonton, but the team chose to sign him to a contract extensions that should keep him on the blue line for the long term. 

Unsung Hero

Winner: Devan Dubnyk

Just over half (51 percent) of our voters felt Devan Dubnyk was the team’s unsung hero, while 37 percent gave the nod to Sam Gagner. It's a nice vote of confidence from fans in both players. Dubnyk's ability to play as the starter in Edmonton has long been questioned but it seems clear that he changed some minds this season. Gagner might be the single-most traded player on the roster on comment boards here and elsewhere, but at least his work this season didn't go unappreciated.

Rookie of the Year

Winner: Nail Yakupov

Advertised as a two-horse race, this one turned out to be anything but. The Oilers’ most recent first overall pick took just under 93 percent of the vote – extremely impressive given that his competition, Justin Schultz, was in the running for best defenceman.

The question now is whether #Yak4Calder will become a reality. 

Goat of the Year

Winner: Ryan Whitney

Perpetual favourite Eric Belanger could only muster a 28 percent showing in second place, as Ryan Whitney took 56 percent of the vote and the title of ‘Goat of the Year.’ Ben Eager, waived and cast down to the minor leagues, also cracked double digits with 12 percent of the vote.

The hope was that Whitney would be able to bounce back from injury and solidify the Oilers' top four; instead he ended up fighting for ice-time on the third pairing, and doubtless hurt his cause here by repeatedly reminding fans that he thought he was playing well enough that he didn't deserve the scratch. Still, it can't be easy - particularly given that he's still a relatively young player - to watch a career slip away to injury; here's hoping he can reverse the trend with his next team.

Conclusion

Thanks to everyone for taking part! The plan is for this to be an annual event here at Oilers Nation, and with an exciting cast of young talent on the way up, Taylor Hall may even get some competition in the coming seasons. Stay tuned in the off-season; we’ve got lots planned and by the sounds of it, so does Craig MacTavish. 

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, Sportsnet, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#1 Matt Henderson
May 02 2013, 08:23AM
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As reporters explain their votes I feel more and more confident saying Yak wont win. He might not even come in 2nd.

Naturally I think this is shocking as the Award goes to the most Proficient rookie and Yak lead all rookies in scoring, is the most dynamic of the bunch, and will be a superstar (IMO).

The only other rookie who should be in the conversation is Brodin. As far as defenders go he did a spectacular job even if he had Suter to support him.

But I dont think Brodin will win either.

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#2 sammy
May 02 2013, 08:24AM
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I loved this idea, props to whoevers it was and glad it is going to be a yearly event at the nation. Just a suggestion, when you guys do your yearly predictions before the season starts can the readers be included in polls like this one? Lots of fun

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#3 rubbertrout
May 02 2013, 08:30AM
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GET WELL SOON BABY NUGE!

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#4 Shredder
May 02 2013, 08:45AM
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A couple years ago Skinner took the Calder from Hall...I'm still happy we have him over the rest of the candidates (although I don't think he even got nominated). So while he didn't get the recognition from the rest of the league, he's still the best player with the highest ceiling. Looking at the next year, Landeskog stole it from Nuge...Nuge was hurt this year and his production was way down because of it, but I'll still take Nuge over Landeskog any day...again because he's the better player with the highest ceiling. This calder race may have been over before the end of the season, because certain people submitted their vote a little early, but as far as the candidates that could take the award, I'll take Yak over the rest any day of the week...because he's the best player with the highest ceiling.

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#5 Ducey
May 02 2013, 09:22AM
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Shredder wrote:

A couple years ago Skinner took the Calder from Hall...I'm still happy we have him over the rest of the candidates (although I don't think he even got nominated). So while he didn't get the recognition from the rest of the league, he's still the best player with the highest ceiling. Looking at the next year, Landeskog stole it from Nuge...Nuge was hurt this year and his production was way down because of it, but I'll still take Nuge over Landeskog any day...again because he's the better player with the highest ceiling. This calder race may have been over before the end of the season, because certain people submitted their vote a little early, but as far as the candidates that could take the award, I'll take Yak over the rest any day of the week...because he's the best player with the highest ceiling.

I have a pretty high ceiling at my place. Can I have your vote?

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#6 Chainsawz
May 02 2013, 09:46AM
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Who won Octane Girl of the year???

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#7 oilers2k10
May 02 2013, 10:48AM
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Chainsawz wrote:

Who won Octane Girl of the year???

Yeah, Cmon Nation..this is a must have category for next year!

I never understand why someone would vote on the calder before seasons over, so last games dont count? Thats really dumb, if anything they should count more than the earlier games!

There is no way that Petry was even related to anyone that mightve been a goat this year, he was one of the most consistent dmen on this team, unless your expectations for him are to be Freakin Nicklas Lidstrom there not a chance he'll ever be a goat.

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#8 DieHard
May 02 2013, 11:31AM
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Chainsawz wrote:

Who won Octane Girl of the year???

Careful now. We might be criticized for running the the losers out of town.

I can see where RB is coming from regarding Petry. He really has to turn it up if he's going to be a first line D-man.

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#10 carson
May 03 2013, 08:21AM
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Why were all the comments deleted?

EDIT: All the comments? You mean the three -- one yours -- intended to mock and ridicule one of the writers here? "All" those comments?

As for why . . . same reason I blocked you on Twitter. I didn't ask you to follow me, but if you do, you've got every right to unfollow if you don't like the content or the tone of something I say. Likewise, I have every right to block you for the same reasons. You're not dragging that act over here. It'll be removed.

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#11 Champ
May 03 2013, 09:51AM
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Matt Henderson wrote:

As reporters explain their votes I feel more and more confident saying Yak wont win. He might not even come in 2nd.

Naturally I think this is shocking as the Award goes to the most Proficient rookie and Yak lead all rookies in scoring, is the most dynamic of the bunch, and will be a superstar (IMO).

The only other rookie who should be in the conversation is Brodin. As far as defenders go he did a spectacular job even if he had Suter to support him.

But I dont think Brodin will win either.

When Yak took over the scoring lead I thought "Well that seals it for Brodin. Yak won't win because not enough of the media will vote for him, but how do you vote for a forward over Yak. That leaves Brodin". But surprisingly many are choosing other forwards over Yak, even citing ice time. So Yak plays on the 3rd line for most of the year with subpar players but still leads in scoring and improved his two way play over the course of the season and that makes him less proficient? Oh yeah, and he led his team in goals... a team with Taylor Hall... while playing most of the season with subpar teammates... with less ice time.

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