Who has Hart?
A look at the results from a Hart Trophy poll over the weekend.
The 'other' option above are write-in candidates, who ranged from Alex Kovalev to Evgeni Malkin to Jody Shelley. The 12 per cent of the vote not shown here went to the nine players on the ballot not listed, who all received 2 per cent or less.
Personally, I think it's fairly safe to say one of the top four in this list will win the Hart Trophy this season, with Alex Ovechkin having a much more difficult time if his team misses the playoffs. If the Capitals are in and he stays on this run, he just might be as close to a lock as you can get.
That said, the support for Nick Lidstrom continues to grow, and today his coach Mike Babcock voiced his support for that choice. At 37, this may be the final chance for him to win the league MVP, and I'd consider him in second spot at the moment.
Defencemen really don't win the award often enough.
As for Daniel Alfredsson and Jarome Iginla, well, it's going to be up to them. The Senators have struggled lately and Iginla's in a goal-scoring drought, but if either has a hot finish, perhaps we're talking about them along with Ovechkin and Lidstrom.
Those four received 75 per cent of the total votes, and that's not discounting the ones for "southeastern confrence goaltenders," "Sean Avery," and "Dustin Brown."