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12-01-2012, 02:06 AM
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For me Ovechkin is a no brainer. He has been considered the best LW in the game since he entered the league. He was also considered the best player (somewhat arguable) in the world for 2/3 years. I would say he is easily in the Hall.

Thomas is a hard choice, he has issues off ice and short career. But the story of his career is great. He won the best-player award in Finland and came to the Show as a veteran and pulled few Super-Elite seasons. Talking about fairytale.
Thing is tough, did Thomas have his great seasons in wrong time. It was basically the start of this weird goalie era, where stats are highly inflated. Like offense in the 80's. Will the voters have hard time believing that Thomas was one of the most skilled goalies ever, or was he a product of the era.

Be it anyway, Thomas will be an interesting case and winning Vezina and Smythe in the same year is basically as good as it gets.

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