With the 2016 NHL All-Star Game this week, it is about the time of year when certain players have created a resume that separates them from other players. We here at Blackhawk Up have created a countdown of the 20 players with the best resumes for the Hart Trophy, the league’s regular-season MVP award.
While this is a Blackhawks-oriented blog, there is no bias with these predictions. Everything will be taken into account, including advanced stats, league rankings in goals and what the player means to his team. The NHL says “the Hart Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the player 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.”
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price won the trophy last year, and due to his injury issues this season, he’s highly unlikely to repeat. So let’s take a look at 20 top candidates for the honor just beyond the season’s halfway point.