As the season keeps rolling on, we are going to take a look at some of the upcoming awards.
The Hart Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the player judged to be the most valuable to his team. The winner is selected in a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association in all NHL cities at the end of the regular season.
We’re going to look at a few of the contenders for this award, with there being a poll at the end for people to vote on.
Captain Connor is for sure in line for Hart mentioning. He currently leads the league with 42 assists and 59 points in 52 games. McDavid has been really good in his first year as Oilers’ captain, as the team is currently top-3 in the Pacific division. It has been a different year and a different look for the Oilers. After the Taylor Hall trade, fans laughed and thought it was a joke of a trade. Well.. look at the Oilers. McDavid has led his team to what looks like, a successful season finally for the Edmonton Oilers.
Next up, Sidney Crosby. He is always on the list for Hart Trophy contention and there is reason for that. Currently he is leading the league with 28 goals and is behind McDavid for second in league scoring. Crosby has been dynamic this season, putting up 56 points so far in 43 games. He has led his Penguins well this season, as they are a top-3 team in the tough Metropolitan division. As we look further ahead, it looks like Crosby could also dethrone Alex Ovechkin from his four-year streak of Maurice Richard Trophy wins.
Now, Brad Marchand is a tough one to discuss as a potential Hart Trophy candidate. If anything, he could win it if his reputation as the league’s ‘disturber’ would just disappear. He needs to focus more on the game and rebuild his reputation around the league. Marchand is a hard worker, and his 54 points in 54 games show that. He is tied for third in the league and has been a real force on the Boston Bruins this season. His efforts have been good enough to help the Bruins be a top-3 team in the Atlantic thus far.
Brent Burns has been incredible this season. He is currently on pace for a historic season for a defenseman. His 53 points in 51 games show how talented of a blueliner Burnsy is. Burns is on pace for 34 goals this season, which would match Kevin Hatcher’s total in 92-93 for sixth-most by a defenseman all-time. You could say that he is valuable to the Sharks, who currently are on top in the Pacific.
Jeff Carter deserves consideration for the Hart trophy. He has been the best player on the LA Kings this season, and may very well lead them to a playoff-berth. Currently he is only behind Crosby, for second in the league with 26 goals. His 46 points in 51 games don’t look as appealing maybe as some of the others, but if we are talking about someone who is valuable to their team, it’s Carter. Without him, I’m not sure where the Kings would be right now.
There are also two goalies that could potentially snag this award too:
Devan Dubnyk has been astounding this season. He is second place in the NHL for wins, with 27, and is also second for goals-against average and save percentage. He has been the rock that the Minnesota Wild have relied on, night-in, night-out. It would not be a surprise to see him take the award, as the most valuable to his team.
Sergei Bobovtree.. just kidding Bobrovsky* has been stellar in the crease as well. Columbus was a team projected in the basement, but they are 33-12-4, which is good for 2nd in the Metropolitan. His numbers are good, as he leads the league in wins, with 28 and is fifth in goals-against average, posting a 2.10. Bobs is also fourth in save percentage with a .928.