I voted Ovechkin. At least to me, he is clearly the most valuable player to his team in the entire league.
I also have no problem with leaving Malkin and Crosby off of the list, as great as Malkin is doing, the Pens are not a playoff team right now, but, if Malkin or Crosby put the Pens on their back and carry them to the playoffs, they would have to be given consideration.
I do have a problem with Markov being on the list, Chara is a better candidate than Markov. I would have no problem with Markov as a finalist for the Norris, I just don't think he deserves consideration for MVP.
if the pens make the playoffs malkin will win the hart. he's 12 pts ahead of ovechkin, a very significant margin, and ovechkin doesn't have to overcome a terrible coach. the fact is malkin has played at a level above everyone else this year. washington's finally a great team but we still have to hear how ovechkin has no help and the pens are loaded? seriously?
I'm sorry I cannot vote on this poll. Markov is there but the leading scorer and the 2nd leading scorer aren't? Look, I know each will hurt each other's chances with the voting being split down the middle (see Orr and Espo) but you have these guys off this list and Markov and Thomas on it? I don't get it.
Anyways, here's my pick: Malkin, Crosby or Ovy will win it. 30 games is a long ways to go, but one of them will do it.