Connor, Slavin, Spurgeon named Lady Byng finalists
The award is given annually to the "player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability." It's voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.
Connor had a career offensive season with 47 goals and 93 points. He finished fourth among all forwards in average ice time (21:47) and only logged four penalty minutes in 79 games.
Slavin won the award last year, becoming the first defenseman since 2012 to do so. The Hurricanes' top-pair stalwart set a personal benchmark with 42 points this season and only took five minor penalties despite routinely facing top competition. Red Kelly (1952-53, 1953-54) is the only rearguard in NHL history to win consecutive Lady Byng trophies.
Spurgeon was the runner-up for the award last season. Minnesota's captain had 10 or fewer penalty minutes for the seventh time in his 12-year career in 2021-22. Spurgeon also racked up 40 points in 65 games while logging 21:09 per contest.
NHL award winners will be announced during the conference finals and Stanley Cup Final.