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The M.V.P. Debate Poll
We recently polled six NHL writers on the M.V.P. debate and who they would vote for on other major awards. First up are three writers from the Western Conference we polled this week
Questions
1. Who would receive your M.V.P. vote if you had to vote today?
2. In order of 1-3, who are your top three Hart Trophy finalists
3. Norris Trophy Winner
4. Vezina Trophy Winner
5. Calder Trophy Winner
6. If you had to pick one player to build your team around who would that be?
The Writers
M.V.P Vote
1. Pavel Datsyuk
Top Three Hart Trophy Finalists
2. Pavel Datsyuk, Alexander Ovechkin, Zach Parise
Norris Trophy
3. Nicklas Lidstrom, Zdeno Chara, Mike Green
Vezina Trophy
4. Tim Thomas, Nicklas Backstrom, Steve Mason
Calder Trophy
5. Bobby Ryan
If you had to pick one player to build your team around who would that be?
6. Sidney Crosby
M.V.P. Vote
1. Alexander Ovechkin
Hart Trophy Finalists
2. Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Miikka Kiprusoff
Norris Trophy
3. Nicklas Lidstrom
Vezina Trophy
4. Miikka Kiprusoff
Calder Trophy
5. Steve Mason
If you had to pick one player to build your team around who would that be?
6. Steve Mason
M.V.P. Vote
1. Pavel Datsyuk
Hart Trophy Finalists
2. Pavel Datsyuk, Evgeni Malkin, Alexander Ovechkin
Norris Trophy
3. Nik Lidstrom
Vezina Trophy
4. Martin Brodeur (for sentimental reasons)
Calder Trophy
5. Steve Mason, Pekka Rinne, Bobby Ryan
If you had to pick one player to build your team around who would that be?
6. Pavel Datsyuk
Inside Analysis of the MVP Debate Poll

Even though we have a very small sampling, things do not look very good for Evgeni Malkin winning the MVP. In fact I’ve been told he has no chance. Kevin Allen of USA Today polled 11 NHL writers and 10 of them picked Alexander Ovechkin and one picked Zach Parise.
I was able to get 6 writers to participate in the poll ( will post the 3 east writers tomorrow) but I spoke to 16 writers who didn’t want their votes public.
Of the 10 writers who didn’t want to publicize who they would vote for at this time, only one of them told me they would vote for Malkin and this writer was from Pittsburgh
I’m not even sure Malkin will finish second in M.V.P voting. I spoke to eight western conference writers counting the three who participated in the poll and Six of the eight told me at this time Datsyuk would be there selection.
Evgeni Malkin is likely to become the first player in 5 years not to win the Hart Trophy after winning the art ross trophy.

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William DePaoli

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William DePaoli is the President/Founder of Inside Pittsburgh Sports LLC and can be reached at wdepaoli@insidepittsburghsports.com

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