As we head into our Christmas break, and even though it's early, we're handing out some "awards" for player and GM achievements.
It's been four months since many of you joined BEARD Hockey, and we're playing games (finally!). Well, in actuality, it's amazing we are playing games with everything that had to line up for us to get to this point.
The reason - YOU. You've all bought into this league and myself and Mr. Bacon are continually humbled and appreciative of everyone's efforts to date.
So on behalf of Dan, I sincerely wish you all an AMAZING Christmas break and hope you all stay healthy.
Now, onto the fun!
WAY TOO EARLY PLAYER OF THE SEASON (so far):
DAVID PASTRNAK, Vancouver Canucks
Pastrnak has come as advertised for the Canucks. Netting seven goals and 11 points in just four games, he is a huge reason for Vancouver's undefeated start to the season.
Honorable Mention: Andrei Vasilevskiy, Montreal (4-0-0, 1.50 GAA, .940 SP)
WAY TOO EARLY ROOKIE OF THE SEASON (so far):
Gabriel Vilardi, Calgary Flames
Vilardi's three-point start has helped the Flames get off to a 2-1-1 record thus far.
Honorable Mention: Kaapo Kakko, Pittsburgh (0-3-3 in 4 games)
MOST IMPRESSIVE START TO THE SEASON (still too early, really, but whatevs) Montreal Canadiens, 4-0-1 (GM Lennart Westman)
Westman has been hard at work building and toiling and building some more over the past few months. But regardless of what some may consider "wheeling and dealing", Westman's plan seems to have the Habs on the right track.
Honorable Mention: Vancouver Canucks, 4-0-0 (GM Aaron Sanderson)
MOST SLUGGISH START (Player)
Alex Pietrangelo, Arizona (5 games, 0-0-0, -1, 23:10 TOI)
Despite Arizona's 3-1-1 start, the franchise defenseman on the Coyotes has yet to register a point and is a pedestrian -1 after five games. He hasn't blocked a shot and has registered just six hits. To keep up pace in the West, Arizona needs Pietrangelo firing on all cylinders.
MOST SLUGGISH START (Team)
Dallas Stars, 0-3-1 (GM Marc-Andre Laberge)
For a team with plans to contend in the West, the Stars just haven't aligned yet in Big D. Scoring two goals a game and giving up four per contest isn't likely a sustained trend. But if things don't get better soon, the Stars may find themselves too far back to catch up at the quarter mark.
GM OF THE 'QUARTER' (September through December)
Corey Chernuka, New Jersey Devils
Corey has been the embodiment of a BEARD Hockey GM. Always around and eager to help, Corey has submitted 10 articles in just a few short months, setting a heck of a standard to follow for his fellow GM's. His dedication and great attitude has helped the league tremendously, and we salute you sir for your efforts thus far.
(And we really salute everyone for a job well done so far!)