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Jamie Benn and John Klingberg got (some of) the recognition they deserve during the 2015 NHL Awards. Plus, Patrick Sharp on the hot stove, and Tyler Seguin in the altogether.

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Ahh, the NHL Awards: hours of cringe-inducing television punctuated by seconds of genuine emotion. Thanks to some Very Important Stars, Dallas fans actually had something to tune in for.

First of all, there was the moment we've all been waiting for: Jamie Benn receiving his due as the 2015 Art Ross Trophy winner. Plus Jamie was selected to...the 2nd Team All Stars. (With an Art Ross Trophy? What does a brother have to do to make that top line?)
@DallasStars has asked you to caption this. DO WHAT THEY SAY.
You may have noticed that John Klingberg came in 5th in Calder Trophy voting, which sounds pretty good until you see the actual scoring. Bob Sturm said this so you didn't have to.
But that All-Rookie Team placement sure was sweet.
And Tyler Seguin's own Art Ross and Rocket Richard bids may have been derailed by injury, but it was nice to see him remembered in the Lady Byng voting.
And one last look from NHL Awards night, because "play together, win together" isn't just for that other team.
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Do you wish the NHL draft was here already? Well, keep wishing that for the next 36 hours and it'll come true!

Mike Heika says Jamie's tendency for stepping up his game when the pressure is highest is a scintillating preview of his future in the league, Ted Lindsay Award or no. [Sports Day DFW]

Heika, who's a busy, busy guy these days, also profiled five possible first-round targets for the Stars in tomorrow's NHL draft. One of your favorites is probably here — see if his ranking matches yours. [Sports Day DFW]

On top of all this, Mike took time this week to chat with readers. Here he answers questions about Scott Glennie's future, why the Stars want Patrick Eaves back, and more. [Sports Day DFW]

Last night Carey Price won the Hart Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award, as well as a share of the Jennings Trophy, but it was his brief yet emotional Vezina speech that will be remembered for a long time. (Price's mother, Lynda, is a former chief of the Ulkatcho First Nation.)


Jonathan Pitre — whom you may know as the "butterfly child" — took the stage to a standing ovation and got a nice surprise from newly anointed Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson.


Another day, another mock draft, or two, or seven or eight: Dave Isaac breaks from the #TeamTimo pack to predict the Stars take defender "Zachary Werenski" at No. 12. [Courier-Post]

Randy Miller strikes out down the same bold path to call it for left wing Evgeny Svechnikov. [NJ.com]

And Jeff Marek says the honor will go to right wing Mikko Rantanen. [SportsNet]

Elsewhere, meet Kyle Connor, the 2015 NHL draft's "worst kept secret." [USA Today]

What's all this about the Blackhawks trading Patrick Sharp, then? Stars-related rumors are running wild.
This Chicago fan asks the only important question:
This rumor has made it all the way into Chicago's dailies of record, so it bears watching — keeping in mind what GM Stan Bowman says. [Chicago Sun-Times]
"There's a lot of talk among all the GMs, most of which doesn't really go anywhere. Sometimes, things will play [out] and you can make a deal."
Elsewhere, the L.A. Kings have cleared cap space by suspending defenseman Slava Voynov, who missed the last 76 games of 2014-15 under his league suspension. [AP/Yahoo]

Will the Edmonton Oilers rock an orange third jersey this fall? Icethetics is hopeful yet skeptical. [Icethetics]

If you don't like the uniforms, make your own. Yes, there's an app for that. The new Icethetics download features a bonus mini-game that allows you to play as a tiny goalie in a jersey of your own design. [iTunes Store]

Now that Shawn Horcoff is moving on to free agency, his Dallas home is on the market as well. It'll cost you a little more than the leftover funds in your Christmas club, though.
Three-on-three overtime is, among other things, a win for the NHL Players Association, says Frank Seravalli. [TSN]

NHL expansion is coming. Gary Bettman says the league will accept applications from July 6 through August 10, 2015. If new teams are approved — and the league has not committed to adding any — they will not play before the 2017-18 season. [The Sporting News]

Quebecor has already announced it will apply. (Good news! That Nordiques sweater you like is about to come back in style.) [Yahoo Canada]

And you should see how much construction has already been completed on Las Vegas' prospective new NHL arena. It'll be just behind the New York-New York casino, if you know the area. [Puck Daddy]

ICYMI, this is John Klingberg with cornrows.
And this is Patrik Nemeth laughing at them until he chokes on his own laughter.

Finally: Tyler Seguin may already be the nakedest player in the NHL, so it surprised exactly no one when ESPN The Magazine announced that he would make it official with an au naturel appearance in its 2015 Body Issue. Here's a brief teaser (oh, hush). [ESPN]