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BRIAN CAZENEUVE
January 09, 2012
The New Year and the Winter Classic have passed, marking the season's midpoint. Here are SI's picks for the top NHL trophies thus far
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January 09, 2012

Headline Grabbers

The New Year and the Winter Classic have passed, marking the season's midpoint. Here are SI's picks for the top NHL trophies thus far

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SHEA WEBER Predators

It's about time to acknowledge Weber as the NHL's best two-way defenseman. In today's game, which seemingly penalizes excessive breathing, Weber commands his space with controlled menace yet has amassed only 24 penalty minutes. With a 103-mph slapshot, he also quarterbacks Nashville's No. 2--ranked power play and leads the team with 29 points. He's +14 on a team with no forward above +3.

JACK ADAMS TROPHY

KEN HITCHCOCK Blues

Hitchcock has a history of building successful teams, and wearing out his welcome once his calls to discipline wear thin. (He's been fired three times.) But of the 12 coaches who have taken over since the end of last season, none has boosted his team's fortunes more than Hitchcock, who is 15-5-5 since Nov. 6, when he replaced Davis Payne, who was just 6-7-0. Players say the 60-year-old Hitchcock has mellowed, but even without the tantrums, his impact is still immense.

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