With the MVP award up for grabs, there are many players in the NHL that could win it this season. Austin Mathews leads the league in goals, Connor McDavid leads with the most points and Igor Shesterkin has been the best goaltender this year. However, it is still possible that none of them wins the Hart Trophy as MVP.
The candidates list goes at least seven deep with Johnny Gaudreau, Leon Draisaitl, Jonathan Huberdeau and Roman Josi. Former NHL player and coach Rick Tocchet said “There’s an argument or a case for each guy where you say, ‘Yep, for sure,’ … I think this is probably the hardest Hart in years. It’s not clear cut for me because I can make an argument for everybody.”
Mathews has scored 60 goals which is the most a player has had in a season since Steven Stamkos scored 60 in 2011-12. He is one of only three players to score that many since the salary cap era began in 2004-05. Maple Leafs teammate David Kempf said “What’s the case? He’s the best scorer,”
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