This week’s discussion between Score anchor Steve Kouleas and Puck Daddy blogger Greg Wyshynski hits on some of the early playoff returns, and on the question of which player is most deserving of the Hart Trophy as league MVP.

 

I didn’t think any of the game one stuff was truly shocking; I was surprised to see so many favourites lose game one but aside from that it’s hard to get too riled up about a single game.  I agree with both Kouleas and Wyshynski on the Wings coming back to win the series with Phoenix, and I agree that if a big upset is going to happen it will be in the Devils/Flyers series.

 

I didn’t agree with Kouleas’ comment on shootout numbers; frankly, I don’t think they’re all that relevant in the Hart debate but I did agree with him that as fans we tend to overvalue goaltenders a little bit.  That said, Ryan Miller’s definitely in the Hart race, which I see as a four-way battle between Miller, Henrik Sedin, Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin.  I keep flip-flopping on this, since there’s good arguments for all four, but for me it’s between Sedin and Miller, with all due respect to Crosby and Ovechkin who both had phenomenal seasons.

 

I’d probably pick Sedin at this point, given how much more difficult it is to score in the West, but there are obviously valid arguments for all of the players named above (and perhaps for one or two others, like Ilya Bryzgalov, as well).

Comments (3)

  1. Not a chance it’s Sedin. Given the circumstances he’s been given AND his underlying skill level (terrific but not league-leading) AND the luck he’s been enjoying, it would’ve been impossible not to score 100 points. If anything if you were to nominate a Hart candidate from VAN it would have to be Kesler, with a bullet. Best player for VAN this year I think.

    Crosby all the way. Without him that Penguins forward group is just terrible, I mean guys like Malkin, Guerin, Fedotenko…. yuck.

    Ovechkin for close second, one wonders just how much all of their top-end offensive talent (Backstrom, Semin, etc.) leach off of his abilities. And of course the ripple effect from Ovechkin helps the guys like Fehr, Laich, Fleischmann, etc.

    And of course there are many goalies to consider (Howard, Miller, Kiprusoff) although one wonders how much of their contributions are due to luck (my opinion: a ton).

  2. R O luck what do you mean by luck. Sedin is by far the most talented player on his backhand. If you watch enough canucks game you’ll would see the magic that man creates. As far as ovechkin goes, i personally think he is selfish, he’s got an amazing shot but he tries to do everything himself. He’s got great numbers but I think in large part due to the weak competition he faces. Crosby has a better chance than Ovie, he scored more goals and i love the guys heart. If he had another good linemate he would be the top scorer this year for sure and win the hart. But he doesn’t so i believe the hart goes to Miller because unlike the other players if you were to lose a Crosby, Ovie or Sedin i believe they’re respected teams would still make the playoffs. They are definately huge difference makers but If Buffalo lost miller they wouldn’t even be in the post season. He has a pretty weak defensive corps in front of him other than Myers and he face over 30 shots a game on average. Based on his numbers he will win the vezina and the hart with Sedin a close second.

  3. R O luck what do you mean by luck. Sedin is by far the most talented player on his backhand. If you watch enough canucks game you’ll would see the magic that man creates.

    Great. Another believer in hockey magic. I have nothing to say to you, you’re too far into the deep end.

    The funny part about all this is that literally nobody is suggesting that Daniel Sedin be nominated for the Hart. Sweet mother, they are identical twins and nearly identical hockey players.

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