Chicago Blackhawks: Calder Memorial Trophy

Toews finishes fourth in MVP voting

June, 15, 2013
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks didn't take home any more NHL awards on Saturday, but they did receive plenty of consideration.

Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews just missed out in being a finalist for the Hart Memorial Trophy, which is given to the league's MVP. He finished fourth in the voting with 886 points. New York Islanders forward John Tavares finished third with 919 points. Toews received 39 first-place votes on 179 ballots cast. Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane was sixth in the voting and had 157 points, which included two first-place votes.

Blackhawks rookie forward Brandon Saad finished third in the voting for the Calder Memorial Trophy. He received 730 points, which included 30 first-place votes.

Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith finished sixth in the voting for the James Norris Memorial Trophy. He had 281 points, which included one first-place vote.

Blackhawks goaltender Ray Emery and Corey Crawford both received votes for the Vezina Trophy. Emery finished seventh in the voting with one first-place vote and six points. Crawford was eighth with five points, which included one second-place vote and two third-place votes.

Toews was named the winner of the Frank J. Selke Trophy, given to the best defensive forward, on Friday.

Saad looking to improve in playoffs

May, 6, 2013
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Chicago Blackhawks rookie forward Brandon Saad figured out how to excel in the regular season, and that was acknowledged Monday by him being named a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy.

What Saad is now searching for is how to produce in the same way in the playoffs. He has yet to have a goal or assist after three games against the Minnesota Wild in a Western Conference quarterfinals series.

Saad said Monday he and his linemates, Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa, have to improve their play against the Wild. Hossa is the only one of the trio that has recorded any points in the series.

“I don’t know about just production; I think it's a little frustrating that we’re not playing our best,” said Saad, who had 27 points in 46 regular-season games. “I think when we do play our best the points will come, so that’s going to show for it. But as a team, we have to come better prepared.

“I just think we got to get to the net more and start shooting pucks. We have stints in the games that we’re having good zone time and playing well, but most of it is on the perimeter. So we got to get in the dirty areas, get to the net and shoot more pucks.”

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Hawks' Saad a finalist for Calder Trophy

May, 6, 2013
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Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad was announced Monday as one of three finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL's top rookie.

Saad joined Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher and Florida Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau as finalists.

The 20-year-old Saad had 10 goals, 17 assists and a plus-17 rating in 46 regular-season games for the Blackhawks. He was a healthy scratch in the Blackhawks' season opener, but was moved to the top line beside Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa after an injury to Daniel Carcillo in the season opener and has remained there the rest of the season.

Saad began the season slowly and had zero points through his first eight games. He notched his first NHL goal on Feb. 5. He picked up his offensive pace in March and recorded three goals and 12 assists in the month. He also had four goals and four assists in April. He finished the regular season fifth among rookies in points.

All of the season's award winners will be announced during the Stanley Cup finals.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Patrick Sharp
PTS GOALS AST +/-
78 34 44 13
OTHER LEADERS
GoalsP. Sharp 34
AssistsD. Keith 55
+/-M. Hossa 28
GAAC. Crawford 2.26