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The National Hockey Leagues leading goal scorer, and arguably the leagues purest scorer is still not likely to win his first Hart Memorial Trophy. Stamkos has been amazing this season. He leads the league with 58 goals (as of April 3). The Hart Memorial Trophy is a National Hockey League award that is presented to the player that is judged to be the most valuable to his team. The winners are selected at the end of the regular season by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association in the thirty NHL cities. The Professional Hockey Writers Association narrows it down to three finalists, and the final selection and award is presented at the annual NHL Awards Show in June. Last years award winner was Anaheim Duck Corey Perry. This was the first time Perry had won this prestigious award. The list of winners is amazing. For a complete list of award recipients and more award information, check out nhl.com.
Although Stamkos is the league leader in goals with 58 and has a total of 95 points. He is by far the most valuable player for the Lightning, and is not likely to win the award. The unwritten rule that an award recipient must lead their team to a playoff birth, will likely hold Stamkos back from winning. Is this correct, or should a player who does not lead his team to the playoffs have a chance to win this? Is a players success only measured by his teams success? I do not like this and this year I would give Stamkos serious consideration. The next player in line to win this is Pittsburgh Penquins, Evgeni Malkin. Malkin now has 104 points with 48 goals this season. These impressive totals and how he has lead his injury plagued Pens puts him in the drivers seat. I am not saying that Malkin should not win this, and I am not even saying that I would not vote for him. I am reflecting on the season of Stamkos, and feel that a lot of his success has been overshadowed by his teams difficulties. If this was last season, and the Lightning were in the playoffs, I think we would be inking in Stamkos as the front runner for this award. Stamkos is a dynamic scorer that is likely to have many more amazing seasons like this one. He does deserve recognition for his season, and he should be a finalist for this award. Win or lose we learned that Stamkos is a great scorer, and team leader. Malkin and Stamkos both stepped up, and solidified themselves as dominating forces in the National Hockey League.
Originally posted: The Hockey Writer by Brad Burud of Inside Edge Hockey News
Brad Burud the owner/editor of the Inside Edge Hockey News. I am a huge fan of hockey, from youth hockey, to junior hockey, and of course professional hockey. I have played, coached, worked as statistician, and watched hockey all of my life. Hockey is not just a game, it is a lifestyle and family. The game of hockey is great! It can bring you nights of great enjoyment. It also brings nights where you feel like your team will never win. I am proud to be a journalist for the greatest game in the world. I have a degree in Business Administration, Psychology from Minot State University. I also have a Hockey General Manager and Scouting, and Sports Communications/Journalism degree from Sports Management Worldwide. I am also a member of the Sports Executives Association. Most of all I am a fan. Hockey is a huge part of my life and my families life.