Reevaluating the Hart Part 4: Expansion to Merger

In Part 4 of our series on Hart Trophy winners, we focus on the years between the expansion of the NHL to 12 teams in 1967-68 and the merger with the WHA in 1979.

1979 – Bryan Trottier, C, Islanders (1st)

  • Best Player by PPG: Bryan Trottier (1.76 PPG, 134P, 13.6 PS)
  • Art Ross: Bryan Trottier
  • MVS by PS: Denis Potvin (15.9 PS, 101P)
    • MVS by PS factoring in playoffs: Denis Potvin [Technically no MVS by standings. Again, every team in the Patrick made the playoffs]
    • MVF by PS: Mike Bossy (14.1 PS, 126 P)
    • MVF by OPS: Mike Bossy
    • MVD by DPS: Denis Potvin (+71)
  • MVG: Ken Dryden (12.1 PS, 30-10-7, .909 SV%, 2.3 GAA, 32 GSAA, 5 SO)
  • Best Player on Best Team (Islanders)
    • by Points: Bryan Trottier
    • by MVS by PS: Denis Potvin
  • Best Player on Best Offensive Team (Islanders)
    • by Points: Bryan Trottier
    • by OPS: Mike Bossy
  • Best Player on Best Defensive Team (Canadiens)
    • (skater) by PS: Guy Lafleur (13.4 PS, 129P)
    • by DPS: Serge Savard (8.3 PS, 33P, +47)
    • by GPS: Ken Dryden
  • Lindsay (Pearson): Marcel Dionne (130P, 13.3 PS)
  • Norris: Denis Potvin
  • Selke: Bob Gainey (38P, +12, 2.4 PS)
  • Vezina:
    • Ken Dryden
    • Michel Larocque (22-7-4, .888 SV%, 2.84 GAA, 5 GSAA, 3 SO)

Best Player Race

PlayerTeamGPGoalsAPointsGCPSGPGAPGPPGGCPGPSPGHartL
BossyIslanders8069571265214.10.860.711.580.650.187thNo
DionneKings8059711305113.30.740.891.630.640.173rdYes
LafleurCanadiens8052771295013.40.650.961.610.630.172ndNo
PotvinIslanders7331701013515.90.420.961.380.480.224thNo
TrottierIslanders7647871344913.60.621.141.760.640.18YesNo

Voting Breakdown:

  1. Trottier: 43.79% total vote points
  2. Lafleur: 18.3% total vote points
  3. Dionne: 10.24% total vote points
  4. Potvin: 10.02% total vote points
  5. Mike Palmateer: 3.92%

Verdict

Fine

1978 – Guy Lafleur (2nd), RW, Canadiens (1st)

  • Best Player by PPG: Guy Lafleur (1.69 PPG, 132P, 15.8 PS)
  • Art Ross: Guy Lafleur
  • MVS by PS: Guy Lafleur
    • MVS by PS factoring in playoffs: Barry Beck (8.4PS, 60P) [Confusing this year as entire Patrick division made the playoffs, we guess because the Smythe was so awful or something]
    • MVF by OPS: Guy Lafleur
    • MVD by PS: Denis Potvin (15.4 PS, 94P)
    • MVD by DPS: Larry Robinson (12.5 PS, 65P, +71)
  • MVG: Don Edwards (15.3 PS, 38-16-17, .906 SV%, 2.64 GAA, 34 GSAA, 5 SO)
  • Best Player on Best Team (Canadiens)
    • by Points: Guy Lafleur
    • by MVS by PS: Guy Lafleur
  • Best Player on Best Offensive Team (Canadiens)
    • by Points: Guy Lafleur
    • by OPS: Guy Lafleur
  • Best Player on Best Defensive Team (Canadiens)
    • (skater) by PS: Guy Lafleur
    • by DPS: Larry Robinson
    • by GPS: Ken Dryden (13.7 PS, 37-7-7, .922 SV%, 2.05 GAA, 44 GSAA, 5 SO)
  • Lindsay (Pearson): Guy Lafleur
  • Norris: Denis Potvin
  • Selke: Bob Gainey (31P, +11, 1.9 PS)
  • Vezina:
    • Ken Dryden
    • Michel Larocque (22-3-4, .895 SV%, 2.67 GAA, 5 GSAA, 1 SO)

Lafleur has an even better case this season.

Voting:

[no places]

  1. Lafleur: 30.66%
  2. Bryan Trottier: 20.93%
  3. Darryl Sittler: 14.16%
  4. Edwards: 7.19%
  5. Brad Park: 6.55%

Verdict

Good

1977 – Guy Lafleur, RW, Canadiens (1st [record])

  • Best Player by PPG: Guy Lafleur (1.7 PPG, 136P, 15.7 PS)
  • Art Ross: Guy Lafleur
  • MVS by PS: Larry Robinson (16.9 PS, 85P
    • MVS by PS factoring in playoffs
      • (division) Tim Young (7.3 PS, 95P)
      • (league-wide) Marcel Dionne (12.8 PS, 122P)
    • MVF by PS: Guy Lafleur
    • MVF by OPS: Guy Lafleur
  • MVD by DPS: Larry Robinson (+120)
  • MVG: Ken Dryden (14.3 PS, 41-6-8, .920 SV%, 2.14 GAA, 42 GSAA, 10 SO)
  • Best Player on Best Team (Canadiens)
    • by Points: Guy Lafleur
    • by MVS by PS: Larry Robinson
  • Best Player on Best Offensive Team (Canadiens)
    • by Points: Guy Lafleur
    • by OPS: Guy Lafleur
  • Best Player on Best Defensive Team (Canadiens)
    • (skater) by PS: Larry Robinson
    • by DPS: Larry Robinson
    • by GPS: Ken Dryden
  • Lindsay (Pearson): Guy Lafleur
  • Norris: Larry Robinson
  • Vezina:
    • Ken Dryden
    • Michel Larocque (19-2-4, .911 SV%, 2.09 GAA, 12 GSAA, 4 SO, 6.8 PS)

We would not have been opposed to Larry Robinson either, but this feels obvious.

Voting:

  1. Lafleur: 38.56%
  2. Bobby Clarke: 18.08%
  3. Rogie Vachon: 9.8%
  4. Borje Salming: 8.71%
  5. Robinson: 6.1%
  6. [tie] Marcel Dionne: 6.1%

Verdict:

Fine. Good!

1976 – Bobby Clarke (3rd), C, Flyers (2nd)

  • Best Player by PPG: Bobby Clarke (1.57 PPG, 119P, 11.7 PS)
  • Art Ross: Guy Lafleur (125P, 13.8 PS)
  • MVS by PS: Denis Potvin (14.3 PS, 98P)
    • MVS by PS factoring in playoffs
      • (by division) Denis Potvin [No real MVS by standings]
      • (league-wide) Chuck Lefley (8.6 PS, 85P)
    • MVF by PS: Guy Lafleur
    • MVF by OPS: Guy Lafleur
    • MVD by DPS: Guy Lapointe (13.3 PS, 68P, +64)
  • MVG: Ken Dryden (16.5 PS, 42-10-8, .927 SV%, 2.03 GAA, 61 GSAA, 8 SO)
  • Best Player on Best Team (Canadiens [record])
    • by Points: Guy Lafleur
    • by MVS by PS: Guy Lafleur
  • Best Player on Best Offensive Team (Flyers)
    • by Points: Bobby Clarke
    • by OPS: Bill Barber (12.3 PS, 112P)
  • Best Player on Best Defensive Team (Canadiens)
    • (skater) by PS: Guy Lafleur
    • by DPS: Guy Lapointe
    • by GPS: Ken Dryden
  • Lindsay (Pearson): Guy Lafleur
  • Norris: Denis Potvin
  • Vezina: Ken Dryden

On the one hand, this seems like the most definitive Clarke Hart yet. On the other hand, we’re not quite sure how this wasn’t given to Guy Lafleur.

Best Player Race

PlayerTeamGamesGoalsAPointsGCPSGPGAPGPPGGCPGPSPGHartLindsay
ClarkeFlyers7630891194111.70.391.171.570.540.15YesNo
LafleurCanadiens8056691255013.80.700.861.560.630.173rdYes
LeachFlyers806130914211.40.760.381.140.530.14NoNo
PotvinIslanders783167983514.30.400.861.260.450.182ndNo

Voting:

[no places]

  1. Clarke: 52.23%
  2. Potvin: 15.92%
  3. Lafleur: 13.16%
  4. Dryden: 6.16%
  5. Brad Park: 3.18%

Verdict

A touch controversial.

1975 – Bobby Clarke (2nd), C, Flyers (t-1st in Points, 3rd in SRS)

  • Best Player by PPG: Guy Lafleur (1.7 PPG, 119P, 12.9 PS)
  • Art Ross: Bobby Orr (135P, 21.5 PS)
  • MVS by PS: Bobby Orr
    • MVS by PS factoring in playoffs
      • (by division) Rod Gilbert (8.5 PS, 97P)
    • MVF by PS: Phil Esposito (13.2 PS, 127P)
    • MVF by OPS: [Bobby Orr] Phil Espostio
    • MVD by DPS: Bobby Orr (+80)
  • MVG: Bernie Parent (18.6 PS, 44-14-9, .918 SV%, 2.04 GAA, 47 GSAA, 12 SO)
  • Best Player on Best Team (Flyers)
    • by Points: Bobby Clarke (116P, 11.2 PS)
    • by MVS by PS: Bobby Clarke
  • Best Player on Best Offensive Team (Canadiens)
    • by Points: Guy Lafleur
    • by OPS: Guy Lafleur
  • Best Player on Best Defensive Team (Flyers)
    • (skater) by PS: Bobby Clarke
    • by DPS
      • Andre Dupont (8.4 PS, 32, +41)
      • Joe Watson (7.3 PS, 23P, +42)
    • by GPS: Bernie Parent
  • Lindsay (Pearson): Bobby Orr
  • Norris: Bobby Orr
  • Vezina: Bernie Parent

Much less absurd than Clarke’s first win, this is a classic test case of “Best Player on Best Team” vs. “Best Player.” Bobby Orr was clearly the best player in the league. Bobby Clarke was the best skater on one of the three best teams. (Lafleur and even Perreault had cases this year too.)

Best Player Race

PlayerTeamGPGAssistsPointsGCPSGPGAPGPPGGCPGPSPGHartL
ClarkeFlyers8027891164011.20.341.111.450.500.14YesNo
EspositoBruins7961661275213.20.770.841.610.660.17NoNo
LafleurCanadiens7053661194812.90.760.941.700.690.185thNo
OrrBruins8046891355021.50.581.111.690.630.273rdYes

Voting:

  1. Clarke: 27.14%
  2. Rogie Vachon: 24.15%
  3. Orr: 15.6%
  4. Parent: 11.54%
  5. Lafleur: 9.19%

Verdict

Barely controversial.

1974 – Phil Esposito (2nd), C, Bruins (1st)

  • Best Player by PPG: Phil Esposito (1.86 PPG, 145P, 17 PS)
  • Art Ross: Phil Esposito
  • MVS by PS: Bobby Orr (19.4 PS, 122P)
    • MVS by PS factoring in playoffs: Bobby Orr [No true MVS by standings]
    • MVF by PS: Phil Esposito
    • MVF by OPS: Phil Esposito
    • MVD by DPS: Bobby Orr (+84)
  • MVG: Bernie Parent (19.9 PS, 47-13-12, .932 SV%, 1.89 GAA, 73 GSAA, 12 SO)
  • Best Player on Best Team (Bruins)
    • by Points: Phil Esposito
    • by MVS by PS: Bobby Orr
  • Best Player on Best Offensive Team (Bruins)
    • by Points: Phil Esposito
    • by OPS: Phil Esposito
  • Best Player on Best Defensive Team (Black Hawks, Flyers)
    • (skater) by PS
      • Dick Redmond (11.3 PS, 59P)
      • Bobby Clarke (9.1 PS, 113P)
    • by DPS
      • Phil Russell (9.9 PS, 35P, +47)
      • Barry Ashbee (7.5 PS, 17P, +53)
    • by GPS
      • Tony Esposito (18.2 PS, 34-14-21, .929 SV%, 2.05 GAA, 65 GSAA, 10 SO)
      • Bernie Parent
  • Lindsay (Pearson): Phil Esposito
  • Norris: Bobby Orr
  • Vezina
    • Tony Esposito
    • Bernie Parent

We wish the voters would stop moving the goalposts.

Best Player Race

PlayerTeamGPGoalsAssistsPointsGCPSGPGAPGPPGGCPGPSPGHartLindsay
EspositoBruins78687714559170.870.991.860.760.22YesYes
OrrBruins7432901224219.40.431.221.650.570.263rdNo

Voting:

[no place votes]

  1. Phil Esposito: 34/49%
  2. Parent: 26.39%
  3. Orr: 16.9%
  4. Clarke: 12.5%
  5. Tony Esposito`

Verdict:

Fine. Good!

1973 – Bobby Clarke, C, Flyers (7th by points [t-2nd in their division], 6th by SRS)

  • Best Player by PPG: Phil Esposito (1.67 PPG, 130P, 13.1 PS)
  • Art Ross: Phil Esposito
  • MVS by PS: Bobby Orr (15.6 PS, 101P)
    • MVS by PS factoring in playoffs: Garry Unger (8 PS, 80P)
    • MVF by PS: Phil Esposito
    • MVF by OPS: Phil Esposito
    • MVD by DPS: Serge Savard (9.8 PS, +70)
  • MVG: Ken Dryden (13.2 PS, 33-7-13, .926 SV%, 2.26 GAA, 49 GSAA, 6 SO)
  • Best Player on Best Team (Canadiens)
    • by Points: Jacques Lemaire (95P, 10.9 PS)
    • by MVS by PS: Guy Lapointe (11.1 PS, 54P)
  • Best Player on Best Offensive Team (Bruins, by 1 goal)
    • by Points: Phil Esposito
    • by OPS: Phil Esposito
  • Best Player on Best Defensive Team (Canadiens)
    • (skater) by PS: Guy Lapointe
    • by DPS: Serger Savard
    • by GPS: Ken Dryden
  • Lindsay (Pearson): Bobby Clarke (101P, 10.3 PS)
  • Norris: Bobby Orr
  • Vezina: Ken Dryden

This feels like a fatigue award; it was clearly between Espo and Orr yet again and the voters were tired. Still, Lemaire or Lapointe would have been better choices than Clarke too, given that they were the best players on the best team in the league. 

Clarke was:

  • Not in the Top 5 in Goals
  • Not in the Top 10 in GPG
  • 3rd in Assists
  • 4th in APG
  • 2nd in Points
  • 4th in PPG
  • 4th in Goals Created
  • 7th in GCPG
  • Not in the Top 5 in Plus/Minus
  • 6th in Offensive Point Shares
  • 10th in Point Shares

And by point shares he was not the best player on his team, which was only the 6th or 7th best team in the league.

Best Player Race

PlayerTeamGamesGoalsAssistsPointsGCPSGPGAPGPPGGCPGPSPGHartL
EspositoBruins7855751305013.10.710.961.670.640.172ndNo
ClarkeFlyers7837671043910.30.470.861.330.500.13YesYes
MacleishFlyers7850501004210.50.640.641.280.540.13NoNo
OrrBruins6329721013515.60.461.141.600.560.253rdNo

Voting:

[no place votes]

  1. Clarke: 37.71%
  2. Esposito: 22.91%
  3. Orr: 15.04%
  4. Dryden: 12.65%
  5. Gilbert Perreault: 5.96%

Verdict

Not great, Bob.

1972 – Bobby Orr (3rd), D, Bruins (1st)

  • Best Player by PPG: Phil Esposito (1.75 PPG, 133P, 16.7 PS)
  • Art Ross: Phil Esposito
  • MVS by PS: Bobby Orr (20.1 PS, 117 P)
    • MVS by PS factoring in playoffs: Garry Unger (7.4 PS, 70P)
    • MVF by PS: Phil Esposito
    • MVF by OPS: Phil Esposito
    • MVD by DPS: Bobby Orr (+83)
  • MVG: Ken Dryden (15 PS, 39-8-15, .930 SV%, 2.24 GAA, 56 GSAA, 8 SO)
  • Best Player on Best Team (Bruins)
    • by Points: Phil Esposito
    • by MVS by PS: Bobby Orr
  • Best Player on Best Offensive Team (Bruins)
    • by Points: Phil Esposito
    • by OPS: Phil Esposito
  • Best Player on Best Defensive Team (Black Hawks)
    • (skater) by PS: Bobby Hull (12.2 PS, 93P)
    • by DPS: Keith Magnuson (8 PS, 21P, +50)
    • by GPS: Tony Esposito (13 PS, 31-10-6, .934 SV%, 1.77 GAA, 39 GSAA, 9 SO)
  • Lindsay (Pearson): Jean Ratelle (109P, 13.6 PS
  • Norris: Bobby Orr
  • Vezina:
    • Tony Esposito
    • Gary Smith (14-5-6, .911 SV%, 2.42 GAA, 6 GSAA, 5 SO)

Best Player Race

PlayerTeamGPGoalsAPointsGCPSGPGAPGPPGGCPGPSPGHartL
EspositoBruins7666671335416.70.870.881.750.710.223rdNo
OrrBruins7637801174220.10.491.051.540.550.26YesNo
RatelleRangers6346631094213.60.731.001.730.670.224thYes

Voting:

[No place votes]

  1. Orr: 33.16%
  2. Dryden: 23.42%
  3. Phil Esposito: 15%
  4. Ratelle: 14.47%
  5. Vic Hadfield: 4.74%

Verdict:

Good

1971 – Bobby Orr (2nd), D, Bruins (1st [record])

  • Best Player by PPG: Phil Esposito (1.95 PPG, 152P [record], 18.5 PS)
  • Art Ross: Phil Esposito
  • MVS by PS: Bobby Orr (22.8 PS [record], 139P)
    • MVS by PS factoring in playoffs: Bobby Orr [Technically no MVS by standings for usual reasons]
    • MVF by PS: Phil Esposito
    • MVF by OPS: Phil Esposito
    • MVD by DPS: Bobby Orr (+124)
  • MVG: Tony Esposito (13.2 PS, 35-14-7, .919 SV%, 2.27 GAA, 24 GSAA, 6 SO)
  • Best Player on Best Team (Bruins)
    • by Points: Phil Esposito
    • by MVS by PS: Bobby Orr
  • Best Player on Best Offensive Team (Bruins, by over 100 goals)
    • by Points: Phil Esposito
    • by OPS: Phil Esposito
  • Best Player on Best Defensive Team (Rangers)
    • (skater) by PS: Brad Park (8.7 PS, 44P, +26)
    • by DPS: Jim Neilson (8.4 PS, 32P, +31)
    • by GPS: Ed Giacomin (11 PS, 27-10-7, .922 SV%, 2.16 GAA, 23, GSAA, 8 SO)
  • Lindsay (Pearson): Phil Esposito
  • Norris: Bobby Orr
  • Vezina:
    • Ed Giacomin
    • Gilles Villemure (8 PS, 22-8-4, .919 SV%, 2.3 GAA, 15 GSAA, 4 SO)

The Bruins scored the most goals by an NHL team in a single season ever this season, over 100 more than the next highest scoring team that season. That might make a case for Espo, given that he scored more points than Orr. But we can’t talk ourselves into that.

Best Player Race

PlayerTeamGPGAPointsGCPSGPGAPGPPGGCPGPSPGHartL
EspositoBruins7876761526118.50.970.971.950.780.242ndYes
OrrBruins78371021394722.80.471.311.780.600.29YesNo

Voting:

[Again, no place votes]

  1. Orr: 39.95% total vote points
  2. Phil Esposito: 33.6% total vote points
  3. Bobby Hull: 7.41% total vote points
  4. Dave Keon: 5.29% total vote points
  5. Jacques Plante: 4.23% total vote points

Verdict

Fine

1970 – Bobby Orr, D, Bruins (t-1st by points, 2nd by SRS)

  • Best Player by PPG: Bobby Orr (1.58 PPG, 120P, 19.5 PS [record])
  • Art Ross: Bobby Orr
  • MVS by PS: Bobby Orr
    • MVS by PS factoring in playoffs: Bobby Orr
    • MVF by PS: Phil Esposito (11.4 PS, 99P)
    • MVF by OPS: [Orr] Phil Esposito
    • MVD by PS: Bobby Orr (+54)
  • MVD by DPS: Keith Magnuson (7.8 PS, 24P, +38)
  • MVG: Ed Giacomin (35-21-14, .916 SV%, 2.36 GAA, 8 GSAA, 6 SO)
  • Best Player on Best Team (Black Hawks, Bruins)
    • by Points
      • Stan Mikita (86P, 10.2 PS)
      • Bobby Orr
    • by MVS by PS
      • Stan Mikita
      • Bobby Orr (Bruins)
  • Best Player on Best Offensive Team (Bruins)
    • by Points: Bobby Orr
    • by OPS: Bobby Orr
  • Best Player on Best Defensive Team (Black Hawks)
    • (skater) by PS: Stan Mikita
    • by DPS: Keith Magnuson
    • by GPS: Tony Esposito (38-17-8, .932 SV%, 2.17 GAA, 40 GSAA, 15 SO)
  • Norris: Bobby Orr
  • Vezina: Tony Esposito

We think that, had a D won the Art Ross on the best or second best team in the league, and not won the Hart, it would be one of the All Time boondoggles.

Voting:

[Again, no places available]

  1. Orr: 48.15% total vote points
  2. Tony Esposito: 33.95% total vote points
  3. Red Berenson: 3.7% total vote points
  4. Mikita: 3.4% total vote points
  5. Brad Park: 2.16% total vote points

Verdict:

Good, though we’re biased.

1969 – Phil Esposito, C, Bruins (2nd by points, 1st by SRS)

  • Best Player by PPG: Phil Esposito (1.7 PPG, 126P [record], 15.1 PS)
  • Art Ross: Phil Esposito
  • MVS by PS: Phil Esposito
    • MVS by PS factoring in playoffs: Jim Neilson (9 PS, 44P)
    • MVF by OPS: Phil Esposito
    • MVD by PS: Bobby Orr (12.4 PS, 64P, +55)
    • MVD by DPS: Gary Bergman (37P, +44)
  • MVG: Ed Giacomin (13.9 PS, 38-23-7, .911 SV%, 2.56 GAA, 6 GSAA, 7 SO)
  • Best Player on Best Team (Canadiens [record?])
    • by Points: Yvan Cournoyer (87P, 10 PS)
    • by MVS by PS: Yvan Cournoyer
  • Best Player on Best Offensive Team (Bruins)
    • by Points: Phil Esposito
    • by OPS: Phil Esposito
  • Best Player on Best Defensive Team (Blues)
    • (skater) by PS: Red Berenson (9.3 PS, 82P)
    • by DPS: Barclay Plager (8.2 PS, 30P, +32P)
    • by GPS: Glenn Hall (9.4 PS, 19-12-8, .928 SV%, 2.17 GAA, 24 GSAA, 8 SO)
  • Norris: Bobby Orr
  • Vezina:
    • Glenn Hall
    • Jacques Plante (18-12-6, .940 SV%, 1.96 GAA, 38 GSAA, 5 SO)

This seems pretty open and shut.

Voting:

[No place votes available]

  1. Esposito: 42.63% total vote points
  2. Jean Beliveau: 15.06% total vote points
  3. Orr: 14.1% total vote points
  4. Berenson: 12.18% total points
  5. Gordie Howe: 3.85% total vote points
  6. [tie for 5th] Bobby Hull: 3.85% total vote points

Verdict

Good

1968 – Stan Mikita (2nd), C, Black Hawks (4th by points, 5th by SRS)

  • Best Player by PPG: Stan Mikita (1.21 PPG, 87P, 10 PS)
  • Art Ross: Stan Mikita
  • MVS by PS: Stan Mikita
    • MVS by PS factoring in playoffs
      • Phil Esposito (9.4 PS, 84P)
    • MVF by OPS: Stan Mikita
    • MVD by PS: Mike McMahon (9.1 PS, 47P, -14)
    • MVD by DPS: J.C. Tremblay (8.2 PS, 30P, +29)
  • MVG: Ed Giacomin (12.9 PS, 36-20-10, .915 SV%, 2.44 GAA, 10 GSAA, 8 SO)
  • Best Player on Best Team (Canadiens)
    • by Points: Jean Beliveau (68P, 8.7 PS)
    • by MVS by PS: Jean Beliveau
  • Best Player on Best Offensive Team (Bruins)
    • by Points: Phil Esposito
    • by OPS: Phil Esposito
  • Best Player on Best Defensive Team (Canadiens)
    • (skater) by PS: Jean Beliveau
    • by DPS: JC Tremblay
    • by GPS: Gump Worsley (9 PS, 21-7-8, .922 SV%, 1.98 GAA, 12 GSAA, 6 SO)
  • Norris: Bobby Orr (6.7 PS, 31P, +28)
  • Vezina:
    • Rogie Vachon (7.1 PS, 21-15-2, .913 SV%, 2.48 GAA, 4 GSAA, 4 SO)
    • Gump Worsley

Voting:

  1. Mikita: 34 first place votes; 30.23% total vote points
  2. Beliveau: 4 first place votes; 25% total vote points
  3. Bobby Hull: 32 first place votes; 18.6% total vote points
  4. Orr: 29 first place votes; 16.86% total vote points
  5. Gordie Howe: 4 first place votes; 9.3% total vote points

Verdict:

If Mikita deserved to win it in 1967 he probably deserved to win it more in 1968.

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