Lightning C Steven Stamkos stands out among his peers. And his peers in the NHL voted the third-year star one of three finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award, presented to the "Most Outstanding Player" as voted on by the members of the National Hockey League Players' Association. Anaheim's Corey Perry and Vancouver's Daniel Sedin also are finalists, it was announced Thursday. The award will be presented June 22 at the NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas. Stamkos finished second in the league this season with 45 goals, five behind Perry, and fifth in scoring with 91 points. The 21-year-old tied for the league lead in goals last season, matching the 51 scored by Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby for a share of the Rocket Richard Trophy as the league's leading goal-scorer. "It shocked me a little bit, but I think that is one of the best honors you can have, to be recognized by your peers that you play and battle against every night," Stamkos said. "You don't really know what other guys really think of you unless you have buddies from just about every other team. When you are on the ice, there usually are not very many nice words said out there. So, when you get nominated for an award like this knowing that each player on each team has a vote, it's pretty special." Perry and Sedin, who led the league with 104 points, also were named finalists for the Hart Trophy as league MVP. Stamkos did not finish in the top three for the Hart, with teammate Marty St. Louis named as a finalist.
Stamkos, St. Louis finalists for key awards
Tampa Tribune | May 6