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12-14-2012, 07:15 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
The Hart Trophy is an individual award

Top 5 finishes for the Hart:

Messier: 1st (1990), 1st (1992), 2nd (1996)
Yzerman: 3rd (1989), 4th (1988)
A few people (including you) have mentioned that the competition skews this comparison. If we remove Gretzky and Lemieux, it looks like:

Messier: 1st (1990), 1st (1992), 1st (1996)
Yzerman: 1st (1989), 2nd (1988)

One could argue that Bourque deserved the Hart over Messier in 1990 (since it was such a close race), and/or that Yzerman really deserved the Hart in 1988 (the only mortal player to finish above him was Fuhr, and one could argue it's unlikely that Fuhr would have won the Hart on another team).

If we use both of these assumptions (which are favourable to Yzerman), the revised trophy case looks like:

Messier: 1st (1992), 1st (1996), 2nd (1990)
Yzerman: 1st (1988), 1st (1989)

It's definitely closer than the original comparison but no matter how you slice it, Messier fared better than Yzerman in Hart voting.

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