Editor In Leaf Mid-Season NHL Awards: Predators Clean Up

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Mark Giordano – Calgary Flames

Dec 31, 2014; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano (5) controls the puck against the Edmonton Oilers during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won in overtime 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Giordano is having a career year in Calgary and is one of the reasons they are still relevant in the playoff race in the Western Conference.

The Flames rearguard is second in scoring among NHL defenders with 35 points in 41 games – including 10 goals – and has a +16 rating.

Long over-due for recognition, Giordano received 3 first place votes, 1 second place vote and 1 third place vote to win the award for the NHL’s Best Defenceman.

Best of the Rest: Shea Weber – Nashville (1 first place vote) and Duncan Keith – Chicago (1 first place vote)

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