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Vancouver forward Daniel Sedin, left, can follow up brother Henrik's feat of winning the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player. ((Rich Lam/Getty Images) )

The NHL Awards ceremony is taking place on Wednesday (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7 p.m. ET), but you can cast your ballot in the major award categories right now.

Apologies to devotees of the Lady Byng and Frank Selke statues — for the purpose of brevity, we're focusing on what are often considered the five awards with the most buzz factor.

THE CALDER TROPHY

  • First awarded: 1933
  • Voters: Professional Hockey Writers' Association
  • Last year's winner: Tyler Myers, Buffalo Sabres

Carolina's Jeff Skinner, the NHL's youngest player the past season, led all rookies with 63 points. The Markham, Ont., native scored 31 goals.

San Jose forward Logan Couture scored 32 goals and had 56 points. The Guelph, Ont., native was also plus-18, with eight game-winning goals.

Michael Grabner, waived out of training camp by the Florida Panthers, went on to lead the New York Islanders with 34 goals, six of them short-handed. He had a run of 16 goals in 15 games from Jan. 15 to Feb. 15.

THE JACK ADAMS TROPHY

  • First awarded: 1974
  • Voters: NHL Broadcasters' Association
  • Last year's winner: Dave Tippett, Phoenix Coyotes

Alain Vigneault won the award in 2007, and is under consideration again after leading Vancouver to 117 points. As a result, the Canucks won the Presidents' Trophy for best record in the NHL.

Barry Trotz  helped produce results for a Nashville team with few star players. The Predators finished fifth in the West with 99 points this season with one of the youngest rosters in the NHL. Trotz finished second in the voting for coach of the year in 2010.

Dan Bylsma is up for the Jack Adams for the first time. The Penguins coach is being recognized for having his team in contention for the Eastern Conference top spot despite missing stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin for the last several weeks of the season. Pittsburgh finished fourth in the East, with 106 points.

THE NORRIS TROPHY

  • First awarded: 1954
  • Voters:  Professional Hockey Writers' Association
  • Last year's winner: Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks

Detroit veteran Nicklas Lidstrom is a finalist for the 11th time in 13 years. He has won the award six times. Lidstrom had 62 points this season — surpassing his production from each of the previous two years — to rank second among NHL defenceman.

Boston captain Zdeno Chara is a finalist for the third time in the past four seasons and fourth time overall. He led all NHL players with a plus-33 rating, recorded 44 points (14-30), and was tied for third with eight power-play goals.

Shea Weber of Nashville is a first-time Norris nominee. He appeared in all 82 games, had 48 points (16-32) and set single-season career highs in several categories.

THE VEZINA TROPHY

  • First awarded: 1927
  • Voters: NHL general managers
  • Last year's winner: Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres

Vancouver's Roberto Luongo is a Vezina finalist for the third time, having finished second in voting in 2007 and third in 2004. He posted a 38-15-7 record in 60 appearances and a career-best 2.11 goal-against average to go with a .928 save percentage.

Pekka Rinne had a 33-22-9 record with Nashville this season, posting a 2.12 GAA and .930 save percentage and six shutouts in 64 games. He was second among NHL goaltenders in save percentage and third in goals-against average.

Boston goalie Tim Thomas, the 2009 Vezina Trophy winner, had a league-best 2.00 GAA and posted a 35-11-9 record and .938 save percentage, eclipsing Dominik Hasek's .937 mark with Buffalo in 1998-99 as the best since the statistic was introduced in 1976-77. Thomas posted nine shutouts.

THE HART MEMORIAL TROPHY

  • First awarded: 1924
  • Voters: Professional Hockey Writers' Association
  • Last year's winner: Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks

Daniel Sedin of Vancouver led the NHL with 104 points (41 goals, 63 assists) this season to help the Canucks finish first in the NHL's overall standings. He had a league-best 18 goals and 42 points on the power play and was second among NHL forwards with a plus-30 rating. He could follow his twin brother, Henrik, who won the same award last season.

Anaheim forward Corey Perry had 19 goals in his final 16 games that raised his season total to a league-leading 50. Perry shared the league lead with 11 game-winning goals and had 14 power-play goals and four short-handed markers.

Tampa Bay Lightning veteran Martin St. Louis, who won the Hart Trophy in 2004, finished second in the league with 99 points (31 goals, 68 assists). It was the second-highest point total in his 12-year NHL career.

With files from The Canadian Press