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1 pointEvansville began announcing "team awards" on Twitter last week. So far the results have been... surprising. Rookie of the Year - Brendan Mitchell. A newcomer on defense, he skated 52 games with the team (the most of any rookie) and picked up 7 assists. He had a -13 plus/minus and 50 PIM. "Unsung Hero" - Nick D'Avolio. Honestly I don't know what qualifies one for this award, but Nick had a pretty good season. He played in 52 games and garnered 35 points (11g, 24a). His +10 plus/minus was the highest on the team. Defenseman of the Year - Bo Driscoll. No stranger to Evansville, Bo returned for 29 games this season and earned 5 points (1g, 4a). His plus/minus was dramatically increased from last season at -4, and he accrued 21 PIM. I did notice that Bo was playing much improved hockey toward the end of the season, but it's important to keep that in a frame of reference... improved for him. I'm not sure what the team is up to with these awards to be completely honest. For example, the only metric Brendan Mitchell was a "leader" in was games played, even among rookies. Stats can lie, and Mitchell wasn't as bad as his numbers could let you think though. So I really ignored that. But, as much as I can genuinely say Bo Driscoll is playing *better* this season, naming him defenseman of the year left me speechless. It obliterated my "most games played' theory for the previous selections, and I don't want to be unduly critical. However, it seems like a slight to people like Melkert and Schumacher who on a bad night are a level above Bo's game. Oh well. Can't wait to see what's next. Maybe Al Graves for offensive player of the year?