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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 22, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester (19) blocks a pass by Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene (9) in the second period at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 20: Matt Duchene, C, Colorado Avalanche

Duchene is on Colorado Avalanche’s top line, which is one of the most underrated lines in hockey. Altogether, the fast-paced young trio of Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon and Duchene has 112 points, with Duchene posting 40 of those (22 goals, 18 assists). This line has boosted the Avalanche to the second wild-card spot with 55 points.

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For Duchene, he is the most valuable player on the line and on the team. He can take the role of playmaker or finisher on the line, and can probably out-skate any hockey player on the face of the earth. He is only 25 years old as well, so he would be a good player to choose to start a new franchise. As for his chances to win the Hart Trophy, he probably doesn’t have much of a chance. With the caliber of players ahead of him in the league’s points leaderboard — and on this list — there is not really any possibility he wins the trophy. However, he could finish in the top 20, like he did in 2014 when he finished 17th in the race.

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