2011-12 Blues Fan Choice Award Winners

Monday, 07.09.2012 / 10:00 AM / St Louis Blues - Features
By Chris Pinkert  - St. Louis Blues
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2011-12 Blues Fan Choice Award Winners
Blues fans were given the chance to vote in the fourth annual Blues Fan Choice Awards at stlouisblues.com throughout the month of June. Fans voted for Team MVP, Best Forward, Best Defenseman, Unsung Hero, Biggest Surprise, Most Popular Player and the Best Moment from the 2011-12 season.

With thousands of votes submitted, the results are in and are listed below.

TEAM MVP - DAVID BACKES
Runner Up: Alex Pietrangelo

For the second consecutive year, David Backes takes home the top honor in the Blues Fan Choice Awards. This season, the Blues captain played in all 82 games, picking up 24 goals (a team high) and 30 assists. His 54 points are tied for first on the team with T.J. Oshie. Backes also earned a plus-15 rating, good for sixth on the team.

Backes recorded over 200 hits for the fifth consecutive season and was one of just three players with over 225 hits and 20 goals (the others were the Kings' Dustin Brown and Rangers' Ryan Callahan).

Backes has either won this award or finished as the runner up in all four years of Blues Fan Choice Awards voting.



BEST FORWARD - DAVID BACKES
Runner Up:
Andy McDonald

It makes perfect sense that the team's MVP might also be its best forward, and that's the case here with David Backes.

Tied for the team lead in points with 54, Backes continually puts forth a strong effort every night as the team's captain and first-line center.

Just one year removed from his first NHL All-Star Game, the 28-year-old is emerging as a good candidate for this award for years to come.



BEST DEFENSEMAN - ALEX PIETRANGELO
Runner Up: Barret Jackman

For the second consecutive season, the Blues Fan Choice Award for Best Defenseman goes to Alex Pietrangelo. He has just two seasons of experience in the League and already looks like a seasoned veteran. He played in 81 games last season, notching 12 goals and 39 assists for 51 points, which is just three points shy of the team points lead. He set new career-highs in points, goals, assists, power play goals (6) and game-winning goals (6).

He became the youngest defenseman in club history to register back-to-back 40 point seasons as well as just the second to post at least six game-winning goals and six power play goals in the same season (the first was Al MacInnis). The 22-year-old defenseman is likely going to be the odds-on favorite for this award for years to come, and he may even be a favorite for the League's Norris Trophy in the not too-distant future.



UNSUNG HERO - VLADIMIR SOBOTKA
Runner Up: Brian Elliott

Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka takes the award for the team's Unsung Hero, which is given to a player that consistently contributes to his team yet doesn't seem to get the credit he deserves.

Sobotka picked up 20 points in 73 games last season (5 goals and 15 assists) and earned a career-high plus-12 rating.



BIGGEST SURPRISE - BRIAN ELLIOTT
Runner Up: Ken Hitchcock

It's funny...the winner of the Biggest Surprise Award really shouldn't be surprising at all: goaltender Brian Elliott led the NHL in goals-against average (1.56) and save percentage (.940). The save percentage is the highest by a goaltender since the stat began being kept in 1982. In addition, Elliott set single season franchise records with consecutive shutout minutes (241:33) and shutouts in a single season (9) while also making his first appearance at the NHL All-Star Game.

All of this happened without even being assured a roster spot past training camp. Elliott edged Ben Bishop for the backup role behind Jaroslav Halak in early October.



MOST POPULAR - T.J. OSHIE
Runner Up: David Backes

It also comes as no surprise that T.J. Oshie is again the most popular Blues player among fans. This year, Oshie backed up his popularity with new career-highs in games played (80), points (54), goals (19), assists (35) and shots (188). This is Oshie's fourth consecutive win in this category, making him the only Blues player ever to win the Most Popular title in the Blues Fan Choice Awards.



BEST MOMENT: BLUES ADVANCE TO CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS
Runner Up: David Perron Scores on First Shot After Missing 97 Games

The Award for the Best Moment of the 2011-12 season was oh so close...The Blues beating the Sharks in 5 games to advance to the Western Conference Semifinals won by merely 25 votes.

Regardless, the moment will easily go down as one of the year's most memorable. A third-period come-from-behind win in Game 5 was made possible after Jamie Langenbrunner and David Perron each scored in a span of 45 seconds to send Scottrade Center into a frenzy. For the final eight minutes of action, everyone was on their feet as the Blues helped themselves to their first Playoff series victory in a decade.

David Perron's goal on December 3 vs. Chicago nearly won this Award. Perron had missed 97 games with post-concussion syndrome and scored just 6:41 into his first game back...on his first shot of the game.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Steen 68 33 29 17 62
T. Oshie 79 21 39 19 60
D. Backes 74 27 30 14 57
J. Schwartz 80 25 31 28 56
A. Pietrangelo 81 8 43 20 51
K. Shattenkirk 81 10 35 1 45
V. Tarasenko 64 21 22 20 43
D. Roy 75 9 28 -1 37
J. Bouwmeester 82 4 33 26 37
V. Sobotka 61 9 24 14 33
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
B. Elliott 18 6 2 .922 1.96
R. Miller 25 30 4 .918 2.64

 
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