Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin and John Tavares have been named Hart Trophy Finalists, awarded annually to the “player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team.”
At the 35 game mark Crosby was set to be a landslide winner for the award, but after missing the last 12 games of the season, he lost some traction with voters but he’s still considered a slight favorite to win the award based on buzz among voters and those who have made their ballots public.
Crosby finished third in the NHL with 56 points and led the league averaging 1.56 points per game.
Ovechkin led the league in goals with 32, leading the Capitals to a division title, while Tavares emerged as one of hockey’s best players in the game, leading the Islanders to the post-season for the first time since 2007. Tavares finished third in the League with 28 goals and led the Islanders with 47 points.
The one snub appears to be Chicago’s Jonathan Toews.