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03-14-2012, 04:57 PM
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Originally Posted by phillyfanatic View Post
Not sure how everyone is leaving Karlsson off their lists. The guy is 7th in league scoring as a defenceman. He is 25 points clear of second on the list. He is only 2 points out of the NHL top 5 in scoring (he might hit 80 f'ing points). Without him, The Sens are probably a lottery team this year. I love Giroux but Karlsson is the more valuable to his team, IMO. In fact, I would argue he is the Most Valuable Player to his team in the NHL. And that, is the definition of the trophy.
Erik Karlsson might not win the Norris, let alone be the Hart trophy winner. Until there is a trophy for best forward a defenseman or goalie should have to do something extraordinary to win the Hart. While a PPG is extremely impressive, it's not exactly earth shattering.

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