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Elias Lindholm for Selke

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Not the holidays, no, nothing like that, something even better. It’s the back half of the season, and you know what that means—playoff races tightening, deals being done, and talks about the awards season on the other side of the playoffs start to heat up.

Just over a week ago, the PHWA released their mid-term ballots for the NHL awards, and this has spurred a web of discussions around their rankings, personal rankings, slights, and the like all through the online ether. And because every site is a homer, the response to such rankings is natural, as well as predictable: “so why did you jerks leave my favorite guy off your list?