This is a pretty simple Award to explain. It goes to the Bruins' best player. Here are the nominees...
Milan Lucic - LW
Tim Thomas - G
Patrice Bergeron - C
Zdeno Chara - D
David Krejci - C
And the winner is...
It's true, Thomas didn't do much in the first half of the 2010 calendar year. But in the second half, he's carried the Bruins on his back. Without him, they'd be hovering around 10th place in the East, with a struggling offense, and an inconsistent defense.
This season, he leads the NHL with a 1.80 GAA, 0.22 lower than 2nd place. His .945 SV% is also atop the League, and his 5 shutouts are tied for the most in the NHL. He's 18-4-5, trailing a few guys in the Wins column, but those guys also have more Losses. He's the best goalie in the NHL so far, and he's the biggest reason the Bruins are where they are.