Sure, maybe Lady Byng votes aren’t as newsworthy as picking up Hart Trophy votes and finishing 16th overall in your sophomore season, but Vancouver Canucks forward Elias Pettersson still got some love from voters this year, and that’s something worth noting.
The 23-year-old picked up three third-place votes, 13 fourth place votes, and seven fifth place votes for a total of 61 points on the tally for the Lady Byng Trophy, which is bestowed upon the National Hockey League “player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability”.
This isn’t first time Pettersson has received votes from members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association for the award, either.
In his rookie season — when he finished first place in Calder Trophy voting as the league’s top rookie — Pettersson finished 24th in Lady Byng voting, and in 2019-20, he finished 12th in Byng voting.
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Pettersson caught fire in the second half of the 2021-22 season, and finished the year with a respectable 32 goals and 36 assists through 80 games.
Winnipeg Jets forward Kyle Connor took home the award after receiving 122 first-place votes, with Carolina defenceman Jaccob Slavin and Minnesota captain Jared Spurgeon coming in second and third, respectively.