It has been a heady year for Loui Eriksson.

The 25-year-old Stars winger had his best season with 73 points in 79 games, earned his first berth in an NHL All-Star Game and on Wednesday will be a part of the NHL's Annual Award Ceremony in Las Vegas (6 p.m. on Versus) for the first time.

Eriksson is one of three finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy, given to the player who best exemplifies the standards of "sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability." Also finalists are Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom and Tampa Bay forward Martin St. Louis.

"Just to be mentioned with them is an honor in itself," said Eriksson in a phone interview from Las Vegas Tuesday. "It's so great just to be here and be a part of this. It's amazing, really."

Eriksson made his first trip to Las Vegas and brought his two brothers for their first trip, as well. He said that's a fun reward for a good season, but he also said that he has great expectations to be even better in the future.