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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 21, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin (22) fires the puck past Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) into an empty net for his second goal during the third period of the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 18: Daniel Sedin, LW, Vancouver Canucks

The 35-year-old winger of the Vancouver Canucks leads his team with 43 points through 49 games. What makes this player even better is that he plays with his twin brother Henrik Sedin. The chemistry the two have just opens up Daniel’s play and makes him an even better player. His points total puts him in the same range as the other players behind him on this countdown.

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As for his other stats, he is averaging about 3.51 shots per game with a 12.2 shooting percentage. He has positive possession numbers and 21 goals. When he is on the ice, he protects the puck and does not give it away very often. He is also even an above-average defender when he does not have the puck. This is also a player who has been in serious talks for the Hart Trophy before. In 2011, he finished second in voting, so you know he has shown the appropriate credentials before. Being on a below-average team will probably hurt his chances this season, though.

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