Detroit's Team Awards:
Team MVP: Zach Parise
Top Dman: Ryan Suter
Unsung Hero: Danny Dekeyser
Most Exciting: Gustav Nyquist
Rookie of the Year: Andreas Athanasiou
Biggest Surprise: Viktor Tikhonov
Top Goaltender: Petr Mrazek
Parise and Suter were both essential components of our bounce back year. I brought them in to be difference makers and they were exactly that, carrying us from the basement of the league to a tie for 4th place in the league standings and the Atlantic Division Trophy in little over a calendar year.
Mrazek came into his own by the end of the year and is now the stud we'd hoped he'd become. Dekeyser has matured into a monster on defense. An all around stud who is overshadowed by Suter, but is honestly not any less valuable to us. Tikhonov was brought in as a depth piece to bring a touch of scoring to our 4th line and ended up outscoring the mighty Pavel Datsyuk, with 40 ponts.
I'm not sure if we played above expectations or that we just played so below expectations last year. Nevertheless, the expectations have been raised and anything less than reaching the Eastern Conference finals will be considered a let down. And yes, the streak ended last year but this is the start of the new one.
Good luck @CaptainCanuck001 You seem like an excellent addition to our league and I wish you nothing but the best.