The Lady Byng Trophy winner will be announced prior to Game 4 of the Western Finals

The 2022 NHL Awards winners will be announced during the Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Finals.

The Lady Byng Trophy winner will be announced Monday before Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals between the Colorado Avalanche and the Edmonton Oilers. Game starts at 8pm ET.

Here’s a look at the three finalists:

Kyle Connor, Jacob Slawin and Jared Spurgeon are the three finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy.

The award is presented annually to the player best selected for combining sportsmanship, gentlemanly demeanor and skill as voted by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

Connor led the Winnipeg Jets in 79 games this season, averaging NHL career bests in goals (47), assists (46) and points (93). He was given two minor penalties, the fewest among the NHL’s top 100 scorers (50 game minimum), while leading Winnipeg forwards in the Ice Age per game (21:47). He finished 12th among all skaters in Imbiss (66). As a first-time finalist, Connor would be the first Jets/Atlanta Thrashers player to win the award.

Slavin, who led the Carolina Hurricanes in ice time per game (23:32), was hit with five minor penalties in 79 games, often while playing against an opponent’s top line. The defenseman had an NHL career-high 42 points (four goals, 38 assists) and was plus-35. He helped Carolina (54-20-8) to first place in the Metropolitan Division, qualifying them for the fourth consecutive season of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

“Of course it’s always an honor to be nominated as a finalist for an award, but for me it’s a character award,” Slavin said. “One of the things I like to focus on is just positioning and obviously skating is great just making sure I’m in a good position to line up where I’m not taking penalties. I’m not a physical player really so I don’t have to worry too much about gross penalties just good positioning, good skating ability and good stick work, not reaching and not trying to ever chase guys.

Slavin won the Lady Byng last season and would be the first player to win the award in consecutive seasons since Martin St. Louis with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2009-10 and 2010-11. The only defenseman to win it in consecutive seasons was Red Kelly of the Detroit Red Wings in 1951-52 and 1952-53.

“I was talking about awards the other day and naming them after players you could name [the Lady Byng] after [Slavin] and everyone would get it,” said Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour. “Plays immediately and at a high level. That [penalties] are usually a glass flip or a missed call, to be honest, because he’s so good at it. It’s something special.”

Spurgeon led the Minnesota Wild defenseman with 40 points (10 goals, 30 assists) and was in 65 games up 32. The Minnesota captain was hit with five minor penalties while he was in average ice time per game (21:09) on which Wild finished third.

Spurgeon, who finished second last season, helped Minnesota (53-22-7) finish second in the Central Division and set team records for most wins and points (113) in a season. He would be the first wild player to win this award. Senior Writer Dan Rosen contributed to this report

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