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03-13-2012, 10:15 AM
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Originally Posted by phillyfanatic View Post
I doubt it. He had a great year, but I don't think he is top 3 MVP race.

1. Malkin
2. Stamkos
3. Karlsson
4. Lundquist
5. Giroux

IMO
For me, until a "best forward" trophy exists in the same mold as the Norris and Vezina trophies it should be (and frankly is) incredibly difficult for a goaltender or defenseman to win a Hart trophy.

Karlsson is certainly a Norris finalist, but I would not call him the runaway favorite at this point and that's what you'd have to be to get into Hart consideration as a defenseman in today's game.

Lundquist is probably Giroux's chief competition for the spot, but depending on the next 14 games, Giroux could easily pass Stamkos in my mind.

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