Best playoff performer to not win the Conn Smythe?
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11-16-2012, 07:21 PM
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If we are talking about career I think it is important to note that both Howe and Richard have what is commonly agreed to be at least a couple retro-Conn Smythes. Bobby Hull never won and you'd think he would have in 1971 had the Hawks won.
I agree with Phil Esposito, there isn't much more the guy could have done in his career in the postseason. He led the playoffs in points three times and when push comes to shove it isn't absurd to say he deserved it over Orr in 1970.
Agree about Potvin. 1981 is one of those years we often talk about when it went to Goring. Not everyone is sold on that and Bossy and his 35 points or Potvin and his 25 points always seemed more logical. But either way the only player from the "big 4" of the Isles to never win the Smythe which is strange because he is often cited as most important player of that dynasty.
Agree about Kurri and Coffey. Gretzky was going to win it in 1985, there is no doubt there, but the performance those guys coupled in that year would have made them winners any other time.
How about Glenn Anderson? Say what you want but the guy was money in the bank, scored 93 playoff goals and all 5 Cups he won with Edmonton he was critical to their success. 1987 was his best bet to win it.
Other names have already been mentioned but how much longer before Daniel Briere gets mentioned? He scored 30 points in 2010, lost and the Smythe went to Toews instead.
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