Pittsburgh Penguins “so far” Awards: The Player’s Player

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Already covering the Rookie of the year and Masterton awards, it’s time to look at the coveted Pittsburgh Penguins player’s player award for the 2019/20 NHL season.

No, we are not a Pittsburgh Penguins player in disguise, but if we were, I’d like to think we would assimilate closely to an old grinder like Hornqvist. Either way, it’s time to dig in and take a closer look at who we think should walk away with this season’s Player’s Player Award.

Every year, the Penguins players take a vote at the end of the NHL campaign for the player that shows the most leadership, skill manship, and dedication towards teamwork on and off the ice. Before we get into this year’s choices and pick, let’s look back at the recent history of this award.

Like an NBA “super team,” this award for the Pens has gone in cycles. Former Pens like Brooks Orpik and Marc-Andre Fleury won it on numerous occasions in back to back to back succession. Most recently, the current leader of the club, Sidney Crosby, has won it as well in back to back years.

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There isn’t any reason to think that Sid won’t win it again, after the season he has had on and off the frozen water. But doesn’t that kind of feel like a boring pick? So with that, the Pens Labyrinth Player’s Player Award goes to… Evgeni Malkin.

Previously mentioned in yesterday’s article (check it out here), Geno has been a resurging force this season with or without the frozen biscuit. On the ice, he has scored more goals and played more minutes than anyone else, and off the ice, his leadership and willingness to give back his time has been top-notch.

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This vote is ultimately down to the Penguins players themselves, but one would have to think that it will either be Geno or Sid once more. In this instance and this season, you could go either way and be 100% right but so fun, Geno is our guy for this season’s Player’s Player Award winner, but more importantly, who do you got?