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20 Hart Trophy Candidates

By Mike Brennan
Jan 17, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) scores a goal on Montreal Canadiens goalie Ben Scrivens (40) during the third period at the United Center. The Chicago Blackhawks won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 17, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) scores a goal on Montreal Canadiens goalie Ben Scrivens (40) during the third period at the United Center. The Chicago Blackhawks won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 15, 2016; Anaheim, CA, USA; Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin (91) passes the puck as Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) defends during the first period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 3: Tyler Seguin, C, Dallas Stars

I have to start every conversation about Seguin with the observation that the Bruins actually traded this guy because he wasn’t gritty and/or tough. That’s about 60-bajillion times more stupid than what the Canucks did with Luongo and Schneider.

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When you center the most-dynamic line in hockey (at the time of this post), you’re going to get Hart Trophy consideration. The Stars have cooled some after being the greatest thing since sliced bread (and the Capitals) for the season’s first three months, but Seguin is still ticking along. His 53 points are third in the league and second on the Stars, and he’s helped linemate Jamie Benn to the second-best point total in the league.

Maybe he isn’t he face-punchy guy the Bruins always seem to covet, but Seguin is a big boy who knows how to use his body to his and his teammates’ benefit — and a big boy with a wicked skill set on offense. It’s a big reason for his ridiculous 66.58 Corsi-for mark across all situations. Seguin also boasts a 55.9 percent win mark at the dot, 14 powerplay points and three game-winning goals.

Considering Dallas’ defense is still a work in progress and its goaltending is a work under construction, Seguin’s importance on a team third in the league in points cannot be understated. If Seguin can surpass the last two guys on this list in points by season’s end, it’ll probably mean two things: 1) He’s getting the Hart Trophy and 2) the Stars have home ice through the Western Conference playoffs.

Next: No. 2: Jamie Benn

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