Each day until the NHL Awards show on June 24, The Gazette will run predictions of who will win certain awards, and who Angelo Stambene thinks should win the award.
Hart Memorial Trophy, for the player deemed most valuable to their team – Finalists: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins; Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks; Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
Will win –
Sidney Crosby, when healthy, is the best forward on the planet. In the NHL, if a player is able to average a point-per-game they are considered elite, and this season Crosby averaged 1.30 points-per-game, tops in the league. Crosby had the most assists (68), was seventh in goals (36), and was the only player to go over 100 points. A player as good as Crosby is going to be hated, and Crosby is one of the most detested players in the league.
Should win –
No player was more vital to his team’s success than Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche. When Varly was on he was the best player in the league. Though Crosby scored 104 points, 17 more than anyone else, Varlamov had the most saves (1,867), which was 132 more than second-place Kari Lehtonen of the Dallas Stars.
Do you agree? Who do you think should win the award?