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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 23, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) and center Evgeni Malkin (71) and defenseman Kris Letang (58) celebrate after a gaol by Malkin against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 15: Evgeni Malkin, C, Pittsburgh Penguins

The 2016 All-Star has been the leading scorer on the Penguins this season. While the Penguins have not lived up to preseason expectations, Malkin has been the shining spot on the roster. He is anchoring the second line with Phil Kessel and has 47 points (23 goals, 24 assists), making him eighth in the league. Malkin is also one of those players who causes you to watch only him on the ice, because of how superb of a talent he is, as well as because of his ability to deke and get through any player he wants.

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Back in 2012, Malkin won the Hart Trophy. Since then, he has not been able to play more than 70 games in a season, which is a shame because this player is an amazing talent who hockey fans are lucky to be seeing. One of the back sides of Malkin’s game is the fact that he is not the best at faceoffs, which in turn has a negative effect on his Corsi numbers. What he lacks in winning faceoffs, he makes up for in shooting. He currently has 136 shots this season with a 16.9 shooting percentage. So, Malkin has been the finisher on his line, and takes valuable shots from high-percentage areas. But unless Malkin comes back from the All-Star break and has a crazy streak, he will not be in serious talks for the Hart Trophy.

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