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I'm not too sure how it all works, but from what I can recall it seems like a guy who scores a lot of points and keeps his penalty minutes down has a fair chance at winning this award. The official criteria, as per the NHL:
The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.
Jordan Eberle currently sits in 8th place in scoring, 4 behind the leaders. Out of the top 10 players, he's also got the fewest penalty minutes with 6. The next highest scorer with fewer penalty minutes is Anze Kopitar, who has 4 penalty minutes and is tied for 20th in scoring.
What else do they take into consideration? I assume 'gentlemanly like' character is taken into account, whatever that entails.
More from the NHL:
The winner is selected in a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the end of the regular season and each individual voter ranks their top five candidates on a 10-7-5-3-1 points system. Three finalists are named and the trophy is awarded at the NHL Awards ceremony after the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Does Eberle have enough name recognition for the PHWA to even make him a finalist?
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Who will win this year's Lady Byng Award?
Jordan Eberle (110 votes)
Anze Kopitar (4 votes)
Tambellini's swivel chair and trade prowess (24 votes)
That guy at Rexall who opens the door for you (32 votes)
Pavel Datsyuk (90 votes)
260 total votes