The Devils gave out their annual team awards this past Wednesday. To no one’s surprise Mr. Devil, Zach Parise got the team MVP award for another great campaign thus far this season. Zach, to this point, has accumulated 35 goals, 39 assists to get him to 74 points on the year. He has 4 game winning goals, leads the team (by far) in shots at 319 and has a +/- of 18, one hell of a lopsided ratio to goals for and goals against when he is on the ice.
Yea, those are definitely MVP caliber numbers and just another year gone by in which we have had the pleasure to see Zach Parise grow into the true superstar we all know he is. It has been a special year for Zach this year, unlike any others. He had the chance to be on the U.S. Olympic team and made his mark on that team with big time goals in clutch situations. I know those accomplishments don’t warrant an MVP award for the New Jersey Devils, but it shows what he is capable of and the level of play in which he is able to showcase his skills at.
The other awards given out were for Unsung Hero and the Players’ Player. The Unsung Hero was given out to Defenseman Andy Greene – who stepped in this season while Paul Martin was out for most of the season with an injury -
“This is a guy that has been a real hard worker,” said assistant coach Tommy Albelin. “Last year he was very much in and out of the lineup all the time. He’s done a tremendous job to his game, spending lots of his summers here, working out, skating, power skating, lifting weights and doing all of the right things to become the player he is today. He’s been really contributing this year.”
I had a feeling Andy was going to get this award, I mean the guy stepped up in the biggest of ways this season for us, unlike any other player. He filled in some pretty big skates too but did that job well, gettin 6 goals, 28 assists and leading the team in ice time. A job well done Greene, you are turning into a great D-man.
The Players’ Player award, which is given out to the guy who shows the best teamwork and puts their necks on the line for his guys. That was given to another D-man, Mike Mottau. Mottau has been a solid player all year for the Devils, dependable and has proven his worth for NJ.
“There’s a lot of good teammates in the this room, and I’m humbled to get the vote from each guy,” Mottau said.
I agree with all the awards given out with no reservations, each recipient is well deserving of the accolades handed out but their teammates and should be proud of a great season, but I look forward to what they can do in the playoffs more.