Art Ross Trophy
The Art Ross Trophy is given to the player that leads the NHL in scoring points in the regular season. The current front-runner for this award is Nakita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning. He currently has 61 points. P.K. Subban currently leads the Nashville Predators with 37 points. Filip Forsberg had a very outside chance if he had stayed healthy. He was on pace for 80ish points.
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
The Bill Masterton Trophy is given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey. The player who wins this award usually missed an extensive amount of time due to injury or illness and then came back and had a solid season. Steve Sullivan won this award in 2009 as a member of the Nashville Predators. He had come back to play a full season with the Predators after missing 22 months due to injury. If I had to take a guess, New Jersey Devils Brian Boyle after going through treatments for cancer earlier this season. If Ryan Ellis can continue the production he has had since returning from long-term injury, he would be a serious candidate for the Masterton.
Frank J. Selke Trophy
The Selke Trophy is awarded to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspect of the game. The Predators signed a former Selke finalist, Nick Bonino, this offseason. But, it is Austin Watson who should seriously be considered for the Selke this year. Watson has taken his overall game to the next level this season. He has improved in every part of his game and head coach, Peter Laviolette, has taken notice. Laviolette has deployed Watson in crucial defensive situations every single game. Watson ranks 15th in hits amongst all forwards in the league. He also leads all forwards in blocked shots. On top of that, he starts 70% of his shifts in the defensive zone. Nashville Predators fans show him the love he deserves. Will the voters?