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Conn Smythe winners

* updated for 2014

PlayerCup?Smythe?YearTeamGPWinLossMinsSASvSv%
Patrick Roy* Yes Yes 1993 MTL 20 16 4 1293 611 577 94.3%
Patrick Roy* Yes Yes 1986 MTL 20 15 5 1218 489 458 93.7%
Jean-Sebastien Giguere Yes 2003 MDA 21 15 6 1407 760 711 93.6%
Tim Thomas Yes Yes 2011 BOS 25 16 9 1542 789 736 93.3%
Jonathan Quick Yes Yes 2012 LAK 26 16 4 1238 546 509 93.2%
Bill Ranford Yes Yes 1990 EDM 22 16 6 1401 676 629 93.2%
Patrick Roy* Yes Yes 2001 COL 23 16 7 1451 693 645 93%
Cam Ward Yes Yes 2006 CAR 23 15 8 1320 590 543 92%
Ron Hextall Yes 1987 PHI 26 15 11 1540 751 688 91.6%
Mike Vernon Yes Yes 1997 DET 20 16 4 1229 469 429 91.4%

Over the past 28 years, ten goalie have won the Conn Smythe. The first seven listed above were strong selections; although there were other strong candidates in some years, it’s impossible to argue that the actual winners were poor selections.

Cam Ward was very good in 2006, but I would have given the Smythe to Chris Pronger (no defenseman has ever won the Smythe while failing to win the Stanley Cup). I probably would have given the Smythe to Brind’Amour ahead of Ward as well.

Wayne Gretzky deserved the Smythe in 1997, but probably fell victim to the impossibly high expectations others had of him. Although his 34 points in 23 points are staggering, it was weaker than his previous four playoffs! Ron Hextall’s save percentage is almost certainly understated since he faced so many shots from the incredibly dangerous Oilers.

I don’t think that Mike Vernon had a good case for winning the Smythe in 1997. He was solidly above average, but that’s not Conn Smythe material. There were several better candidates including Fedorov (led Wings in scoring and provided exceptional two-way play), Shanahan (second on Wings in scoring and was credited for giving the Wings the toughness and grit they lacked in previous years) and Lidstrom & Murphy (for shutting down Lindros so effectively in the Cup finals).

Update for 2012: Quick was phenomenal this spring. He has the fifth best adjusted save percentage among Conn Smythe winning goalies.

Update for 2013: Patrick Kane won the Smythe, no changes to this list.

Update for 2014: Justin Williams won the Smythe, no changes to this list.


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