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Who are the NHL awards favorites at the quarter season mark?

So many tough races to call. We tried anyway.

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A quarter of the 2015-16 NHL season has come and gone, which means it's time to assess the awards races a full five months before any of the nominees are announced!

Because, as you know, everything that has happened so far will reflect the end of the season. Nothing will change. Sports are inherently predictable. Sarcasm is fun.

We've broken down each of the five awards into the top three contenders. If you're wondering where the Selke Award rankings are, you've come to the wrong place. We all know some combination of Anze Kopitar, Patrice Bergeron, Jonathan Toews and Pavel Datsyuk will be nominated. It's a tradition. We're not even going to bother.

After you read this, be sure to take a look at our SB Nation preseason predictions and laugh at how wrong we all were.

Without any further ado, here's what the NHL awards races look like with a quarter of the season out of the way. Remember: if your favorite player isn't ranked as high as you want it's because I hate your team and/or don't watch the games and you should note that in the comments.

Hart Trophy

1. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

2. Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars

Through 21 games apiece, Benn has 14 goals and 29 points while Kane has 13 goals and 32 points.

I suppose there's a lingering question there. Does Jamie Benn warrant less credit because he plays with Tyler Seguin? I say no. Benn plays excellent and significant penalty kill time and receives set-ups from John Klingberg about as much as he does from Seguin. He's the best player on the Stars even with Seguin and Klingberg hot on his tail.

But Kane has separated himself from everyone else in Chicago. He has more than twice the amount of points as the Blackhawks' third leading scorer, Artem Anisimov (15) and leads the league in game-winning goals. Chicago is only middle-of-the-pack in scoring as a team. Without Kane they'd be in an even deeper hole in the Central.

This race for the Hart is certainly far from over. But Kane leads it at the quarter pole.

3. Taylor Hall, Edmonton Oilers

Hall is experiencing an MVP-worthy year that nobody has heard about with 24 points in 21 games and a career-best 6.5 scoring chances per game. Edmonton media might blame the lack of attention toward Hall on Eastern Canada bias, but I blame it on Benn, Seguin and Kane. It's a crowded field for the Hart.

Apologies to: Tyler Seguin (Stars), Henrik Lundqvist (Rangers), David Krejci (Bruins), Alex Ovechkin (Capitals)

Vezina Trophy:

1. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

Lundqvist is well on his way to winning his second Vezina Trophy thanks to some ridiculous numbers. His .946 save percentage and 1.74 goals against average are easily the best in the league. Combine that with a ridiculous .824 quality start percentage and you've got a slam dunk case for Lundqvist's Vezina chances.

2. Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils

So much of New Jersey's hot start depended on Cory Schneider playing up to last season's standards. He's done just that; his 2.05 GAA and .928 SV percent are nearly identical to his 2014-15 numbers. But not as good as King Henrik.

3. Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals

I could've given Jake Allen the spot here, but Holtby's better quality start percentage (.750) gives him an edge. But not as as good as King Henrik.

Apologies to: anyone else not named Henrik Lundqvist

Norris Trophy

1. John Klingberg, Dallas Stars

1. Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators

This is a tough one to call. Both are offensive-minded wizards. Power play savants. Both log tough minutes against tough competition. Their stats are nearly identical. Klingberg's Corsi For percent is slightly better (54.02) than Karlsson's (50.40), but Karlsson has less scoring chances against per game (27.98) than Klingberg (30.71).

I don't know how to separate them. Good thing it's just the quarter season mark! I don't have to.

2. Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild

Quickly becoming the NHL's Old Reliable. He's logging minutes (27:39 per night) that should be illegal in 50 states and sits third in defensemen scoring with 19 points. Suter doesn't get enough love. He's amazing. But Klingberg and Karlsson are separating themselves.

Apologies to: P.K. Subban (Canadiens), Drew Doughty (Kings)

Calder Trophy

1. Dylan Larkin, Detroit Red Wings

2. Artemi Panarin, Chicago Blackhawks

Yes, Panarin leads rookies in points (21), assists (14), primary assists (8) and shot attempts percentage (56.94). I understand all of that. But I give Larkin the slightest of slight edges for a couple of reasons. First, Panarin has played with Patrick Kane all season while Larkin has shuffled up and down the lineup a couple of times. Playing with the league-leader in scoring gives you a level of consistency that Larkin hasn't had, and yet Larkin has excelled nonetheless.

And Larkin has carried the scoring weight for the Wings while Gustav Nyquist, Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk suffered slow starts or injuries.

And yet, those Panarin stats. Ugh. My head tells me Panarin, but my gut tells me Larkin. Fine. Larkin by a nose hair.

3. Max Domi, Arizona Coyotes

That Eichel didn't even make the top three speaks to the power of this race. Domi has been thrilling to watch in Arizona, but doesn't quite stack up to Larkin or Panarin yet.

Apologies to: Oscar Lindberg (Rangers), Colton Parayko (Blues), Eichel (Sabres), literally ten other worthy rookies, Connor McDavid's clavicle

Jack Adams Trophy

1. John Hynes, New Jersey Devils

The only race the Devils were supposed to compete in this year was the sprint to the draft lottery to draft Auston Matthews first overall. Instead, New Jersey sits in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff hunt after going 11-5-0 since a 0-3-1 start to the season. Veterans and no-namers like Mike Cammalleri, Kyle Palmieri and Lee Stempniak lead the team offensively while Cory Schneider plays to his highest potential. New Jersey has bought whatever Hynes is selling them and turned it into the best turnaround in the league.

2. Dave Tippett, Arizona Coyotes

Speaking of turnarounds, how about the Coyotes? Arizona could have fired Tippett after the disaster last season, but their patience has paid off. To qualify for the playoffs in the Pacific this year, the Coyotes didn't need to be sensational. They just needed to improve and be competitive. So far Tippett's club has done just that.

3. Dan Bylsma, Buffalo Sabres

Noticing a trend here? Each one of these coaches has made their clubs competitive after woeful 2014-15 campaigns. Statistically speaking, Bylsma's Sabres have improved just as much as the Devils and Coyotes. Offseason additions like Ryan O'Reilly and Jack Eichel haven't hurt, but the entire team has improved so much defensively (a change of +28 in goal differential) that Buffalo isn't a cellar-dweller any longer.

Apologies to: Mike Babcock's psyche