Right before the NHL spotlights point to the entry draft in Los Angeles, the NHL continued its tradition of handing out their annual awards. This year’s event was hosted by the city of Las Vegas.
Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks won the Hart Trophy as the league’s Most Valuable Player. The winner of the award is voted by the media. The Ted Lindsay award was awarded to Alexander Ovechkin. This award is given to the MVP as voted by the players. The question now is which one of these 2 awards is more meaningful? The award that is voted by a 3rd party watching the games from the press box, or the award that is voted by your peers? Let the debate begin…..
Sedin helped the Vancouver Canucks finish in 3rd place in the Western Conference with 112 pts in 82 games. This point total allowed Sedin to win the Art Ross trophy for being the league’s top scorer. Ovechkin accumulated 109 pts in 72 games and helped his team finish 1st in the Eastern Conference. In the points per game category, Ovechkin has the advantage.
If we look at the supporting cast for both players, Sedin had 5 other teammates with 50+ points while Ovechkin had 6 teammates with 50+ points. If we look at raw talent on the Canucks and the Capitals, I would favour the Capitals. The Canucks without Henrik Sedin would struggle more then the Capitals without Ovechkin.
Ovechkin is more marketable than Sedin, but Ovechkin was suspended twice for 2 dirty hits and Sedin took only 48 penalty minutes the entire season. Why would the media vote for Sedin and the players for Ovechkin? Alex is much more exciting to watch and is more intimidating to play against then Sedin.
Ovechkin or Sedin? Before the awards were handed out, I thought that Sedin should win but how can you go against what the players voted? So I now believe that Ovechkin should have won the Hart Trophy.
The award ceremony was nothing compared to the Emmy’s, Grammy’s or any other award ceremony. The best moment of the award show was the following clip:
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