Lightning Round: Brayden Point named Lady Byng Finalist
Brayden Point is in line for a major award!
The NHL has started announcing the names of the finalists for several of their awards. On Tuesday, the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy Finalists were named and Brayden Point was one of them. The other two were New Jersey's Jack Hughes and Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar. This is the first major award that Point has been nominated for in his career.
The Lady Byng is awarded to "the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability".
The 50-goal scorer only had 7 penalty minutes this season, five of which came in the fight shown above against future teammate Mikey Eyssimont. His only other penalty all season long was a slashing penalty against Carolina on November 3rd. Despite playing major minutes throughout his career, Point has never been heavily penalized with his career-high being 33 last season.
If Point was to win, he would be the third Lightning player to win the award following Brad Richards (2003-04) and three-time winner Marty St. Louis (2009-10, 2010-11, and 2012-13). They had at least 12 penalty minutes in each of their trophy-winning seasons.
According to Raw Charge's GeoFitz, Point would be the first Lady Byng winner with a fighting major on his record in the season that he won since Wayne Gretzky in 1979-80.
The winner will be announced at the NHL Awards in Nashville on June 26th.
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