Reevaluating the Hart Part 6: The Dead Puck Era

In Part 6 of our Hart Trophy series, we examine the Hart Trophies awarded between the strikes of 1995 and 2004, much of which is colloquially known as “The Dead Puck Era” due to the low scoring of the late ’90s and early ’00s

Listen here:

2005 – Gary Bettman, P, NHL

2004 – Martin St. Louis, RW, Lightning (2nd by points, 3rd by SRS)

  • Best Player by PPG: Peter Forsberg (1.41PPG, 55P, 7.4 PS)
  • Art Ross: Martin St. Louis (94P, 1.15PPG, 13.2 PS)
  • MVS by PS: Martin St. Louis
    • MVS by PS factoring in playoffs: Joe Sakic (10.8 PS, 87P)
    • MVF by OPS: Martin St. Louis
    • MVD by PS: Scott Niedermayer (12 PS, 54P)
    • MVD by DPS: Scott Niedermayer (+20)
  • MVG: Roberto Luongo (20.9 PS, 25-33-14, .931%, 2.43 GAA, 48 GSAA, 7 SO)
  • Best Player on Best Team (Red Wings)
    • by Points
      • Pavel Datsyuk (68P, 8.4 PS)
      • Brett Hull (68P, 7.8 PS)
    • MVS by PS
      • Mathieu Schneider (9.8 PS, 46P)
  • Best Player on Best Offensive Team (Senators)
    • by Points: Marian Hossa (82P, 10.8 PS)
    • MVS by OPS: Marian Hossa
  • Best Player on Best Defensive Team (Devils)
    • (skater) by PS: Scott Niedermayer
    • by DPS: Scott Niedermayer
    • by GPS: Martin Brodeur (12.5 PS, 38-26-11, 9.17%, 2.03 GAA, 10 GSAA, 11 SO)
  • Lindsay (Pearson): Martin St. Louis
  • Norris: Scott Niedermayer
  • Selke: Kris Draper (40P, +22, 6 PS)
  • Vezina: Martin Brodeur
  • Jennings: Martin Brodeur

Best Player Race

PlayerTeamGPGAPGCPSGPGAPGPPGGCPGPSPGHartTL
DatsyukRed Wings75303868278.40.400.510.910.360.1120thNo
ForsbergAvalanche39183755197.40.460.951.410.490.19NoNo
GomezDevils80145670228.10.180.700.880.280.10NoNo
Hull, BrRed Wings81254368257.80.310.530.840.310.10NoNo
IginlaFlames814132733111.10.510.400.900.380.142ndNo
KovalchukThrashers814146873410.60.510.571.070.420.1310thNo
NashBlue Jackets80411657217.70.510.200.710.260.1025thNo
NiedermayerDevils8114405418120.170.490.670.220.159thNo
SakicAvalanche813354873210.80.410.671.070.400.137thNo
SavardThrashers45193352195.90.420.731.160.420.13NoNo
SchneiderRed Wings78143246169.80.180.410.590.210.13NoNo
St. LouisLightning823856943613.20.460.681.150.440.16YesYes

Voting Breakdown:

  1. St. Louis: 97 1st place votes, 96.76% total vote points
  2. Jarome Iginla: 2 1st place votes, 24.1% total vote points
  3. Brodeur: 2 1st place votes, 20.29% total vote points
  4. Miikka Kiprusoff: 0 first place votes; 18.38% total vote points
  5. Markus Naslund: 0 first place votes; 16.76% total vote points

Other First Place Votes:

  • Luongo: 2 1st place votes, 15.9% total vote points (6th)
  • Ed Belfour: 1 1st place vote, 5.62% total vote points (10th)
  • Joe Thornton: 1 1st place vote, 3.52% total vote points (14th)

Verdict:

Good!

2003 – Peter Forsberg, C, Avalanche (6th by points, 4th by SRS)

  • Best Player by PPG: Peter Forsberg (1.41PPG, 106P, 13.6 PS)
  • Art Ross: Peter Forsberg
  • MVS by PS: Milan Hejduk (14.6 PS, 98P)
    • MVS by PS factoring in playoffs: Joe Thornton (12.1 PS, 101P)
    • MVF by OPS: Milan Hejduk
    • MVD by PS: Nicklas Lidstrom (13.2 PS, 62P)
    • MVD by DPS: Derian Hatcher (9.3 PS, 30P, +37)
  • MVG: Roberto Luongo (14.4 PS, 20-34-7, .918%, 2.66 GAA, 19 GSAA, 6 SO)
  • Best Player on Best Team (Senators)
    • by Points: Marian Hossa (80P, 11.1 PS)
    • MVS by PS: Marian Hossa
  • Best Player on Best Offensive Team (Red Wings)
    • by Points: Sergei Fedorov (83P, 10.1 PS)
    • MVS by OPS: Sergei Fedorov
  • Best Player on Best Defensive Team (Flyers, Devils – ahead of the 3rd best team by 3 goals)
    • (skater) by PS
      • Eric Desjardins (9.2 PS, 32P)
      • Scott Niedermayer (10.1 PS, 39P)
    • by DPS
      • Eric Desjardins (+30)
      • Scott Niedermayer (+23)
    • by GPS
      • Martin Brodeur (11.4 PS, 41-23-9, .914 SV%, 2.02 GAA, 9 GSAA, 9 SO)
      • Roman Cechmanek (10.9 PS, 33-15-10, .925%, 1.83 GAA, 23 GSAA, 6 SO)
  • Lindsay (Pearson): Markus Naslund (104P, 13.5 PS)
  • Norris: Nicklas Lidstrom
  • Selke: Jere Lehtinen (48P, +39, 7.5 PS)
  • Vezina: Martin Brodeur
  • Jennings:
    • Martin Brodeur
    • Roman Cechmanek
    • Robert Esche (12-9-3, .907 SV%, 2.20 GAA, -1 GSAA, 2 SO, 3.8 PS

Best Player Race

PlayerTeamGPGAPGCPSGPGAPGPPGGCPGPSPGHartTL
BertuzziCanucks824651973812.30.560.621.180.460.155thNo
ForsbergAvalanche7529771063613.60.391.031.410.480.18YesNo
HejdukAvalanche825048983914.60.610.591.200.480.1812thNo
HossaSenators804535803311.10.560.441.000.410.1410thNo
LemieuxPenguins67286391329.40.420.941.360.480.1415thNo
LidstromRed Wings821844622213.20.220.540.760.270.168thNo
NaslundCanucks8248561044113.50.590.681.270.500.162ndYes
ThorntonBruins7736651013712.10.470.841.310.480.164thNo

Voting Breakdown:

  1. Forsberg: 38 1st place votes, 81.94% total vote points
  2. Naslund: 5 1st place votes, 55.16% total vote points
  3. Brodeur: 14 1st place votes, 50.16% total vote points
  4. Thornton: 0 first place votes; 21.13% total vote points
  5. Todd Bertuzzi: 2 1st place votes, 16.13% total vote points

Other first place votes:

  • Mike Modano: 1 1st place vote, 6.94% total vote points (7th)
  • Fedorov: 1 1st place vote, 3.55% total vote points (9th)
  • Patrick Roy: 1 1st place vote, 1.61% total vote points (12th)

This strikes us as perfectly reasonable. However, if the Panthers had made the playoffs, maybe Forsberg loses out to Luongo, yuk yuk yuk.

Verdict:

Good!

2002 – Jose Theodore, G, Canadiens (18th by points, 19th by SRS)

  • Best Player by PPG: Todd Bertuzzi (1.18PPG, 85P, 11.2 PS)
  • Art Ross: Jarome Iginla (96P, 1.17PPG, 14.4 PS)
  • MVS by PS: Jarome Iginla
    • MVS by PS factoring in playoffs: Rob Blake (12.2 PS, 56P)
    • MVF by OPS: Jarome Iginla
    • MVD by PS: Rob Blake
    • MVD by DPS: Chris Chelios (10 PS, 39P, +40)
  • MVG: Jose Theodore (17.4 PS, 30-24-10, .931%, 2.11 GAA, 46 GSAA, 7 SO)
  • Best Player on Best Team (Red Wings)
    • by Points: Brendan Shanahan (75P, 10.3 PS)
    • MVS by PS: Nicklas Lidstrom (10.5 PS, 59P)
  • Best Player on Best Offensive Team (Canucks, by 3 goals)
    • by Points: Markus Naslund (90P, 11.9 PS)
    • MVS by OPS: Markus Naslund
  • Best Player on Best Defensive Team (Avalanche)
    • (skater) by PS: Rob Blake
    • by DPS: Rob Blake
    • by GPS: Patrick Roy (13.3 PS, 32-23-8, .925%, 1.94 GAA, 28 GSAA, 9 SO)
  • Lindsay (Pearson): Jarome Iginla
  • Norris: Nicklas Lidstrom
  • Selke: Michael Peca (60P, +19, 7.2 PS)
  • Vezina: Jose Theodore
  • Jennings: Patrick Roy

Best Player Racer:

PlayerTeamGPGAPGCPSGPGAPGPPGGCPGPSPGHartTL
BertuzziCanucks723649853211.20.500.681.180.440.16NoNo
BlakeAvalanche751640561912.20.210.530.750.250.16NoNo
IginlaFlames825244964114.40.630.541.170.500.182ndYes
JagrCapitals69314879309.10.450.701.140.430.13NoNo
KovalevPenguins67324476299.10.480.661.130.430.14NoNo
LidstromRed Wings78950591810.50.120.640.760.230.13NoNo
NaslundCanucks814050903511.90.490.621.110.430.155thNo
OatesTwo Teams80146478256.60.180.800.980.310.08NoNo
ShanahanRed Wings803738753010.30.460.480.940.380.138thNo

Voting Breakdown:

  1. Theodore: 26 1st place votes, 70% total vote points
  2. Iginla: 23 1st place votes, 70% total vote points
  3. Roy: 8 1st place votes, 45.65% total vote points
  4. Sean Burke: 2 1st place votes, 27.74% total vote points
  5. Ron Francis: 1 1st place vote, 7.74% total vote points
  6. Joe Sakic: 2 1st place votes, 6.61% total vote points

This is the vote that shows why we need an MVG award. Yes, the Habs are not a playoff team this year without Theodore. But the award traditionally goes to a forward (prior to Hasek), so why this year? Who had the better career now?

Verdict:

Controversial

2001 – Joe Sakic, C, Avalanche (1st in points, 2nd in SRS)

  • Best Player by PPG: Mario Lemieux (1.77PPG, 76P, 9.5 PS)
  • Art Ross: Jaromir Jagr (121P, 1.49PPG, 14.1 PS)
  • MVS by PS: Joe Sakic (15.9 PS, 118P)
    • MVS by PS factoring in playoffs: Gary Suter (6.9 PS, 34P)
    • MVF by OPS: Joe Sakic
    • MVD by PS: Nicklas Lidstrom (12.2 PS, 71P)
    • MVD by DPS: Sergei Zubov (10.7 PS, 51P, +22)
  • MVG: Sean Burke (14.4 PS, 25-22-13, .922%, 2.27 GAA, 33 GSAA, 4 SO)
  • Best Player on Best Team (Avalanche)
    • by Points: Joe Sakic
    • MVS by PS: Joe Sakic
  • Best Player on Best Offensive Team (Devils)
    • by Points: Patrik Elias (96P, 12.5 PS)
    • MVS by OPS: Patrik Elias
  • Best Player on Best Defensive Team (Sabres, by 3 goals)
    • (skater) by PS: Alexei Zhitnik (7.3 PS, 37P)
    • by DPS: Rhett Warrener (5.5 PS, 19P, +10)
    • by GPS: Dominik Hasek (13.9 PS, 37-24-4, .921%, 2.11 GAA, 30 GSAA, 11 SO)
  • Lindsay (Pearson): Joe Sakic
  • Norris: Nicklas Lidstrom
  • Selke: John Madden (38P, +24, 4.6 PS)
  • Vezina: Dominik Hasek
  • Jennings: Dominik Hasek

Best Player Race

PlayerTeamGPGAPGCPSGPGAPGPPGGCPGPSPGHartTL
BurePanthers825933924111.90.720.401.120.500.159thNo
JagrPenguins8152691214614.10.640.851.490.570.173rdNo
LemieuxPenguins43354176299.50.810.951.770.670.222ndNo
OatesCapitals81136982256.50.160.851.010.310.08NoNo
SakicAvalanche8254641184615.90.660.781.440.560.19YesYes

Voting Breakdown:

  1. Sakic: 53 1st place votes, 93.87% total vote points
  2. Lemieux: 8 1st place votes, 43.87% total vote points
  3. Jagr: 0 first place votes; 33.87% total vote points
  4. Roman Cechmanek: 0 first place votes; 14.35% total vote points
  5. Martin Brodeur: 0 first place votes; 10.32% total vote points

Other first place votes

  • Markus Naslund: 1 1st place vote, 3.23% total vote points (11th)

Verdict:

Good!

2000 – Chris Pronger, D, Blues (1st)

  • Best Player by PPG: Jaromir Jagr (1.52 PPG, 96P, 12.2 PS)
  • Art Ross: Jaromir Jagr
  • MVS by PS: Chris Pronger (14.8 PS, 62P)
    • MVS by PS factoring in playoffs: Pavel Bure (13.5 PS, 94P)
    • MVF by PS: Pavel Bure
    • MVF by OPS: Pavel Bure
    • MVD by DPS: Chris Pronger (+52)
  • MVG: Olaf Kolzig (14.6 PS, 41-20-11, .917%, 2.24 GAA, 24 GSAA, 5 SO)
  • Best Player on Best Team (Blues)
    • by Points: Pavol Demitra (75P, 9.7 PS)
    • MVS by PS: Chris Pronger
  • Best Player on Best Offensive Team (Red Wings)
    • by Points: Steve Yzerman (79P, 9.8 PS)
    • MVS by OPS: Brendan Shanahan (78P, 10.5 PS)
  • Best Player on Best Defensive Team (Blues)
    • (skater) by PS: Chris Pronger
    • by DPS: Chris Pronger
    • by GPS: Roman Turek (42-15-9, .912%, 1.95 GAA, 12 SO, 7 SO)
  • Lindsay (Pearson): Jarormir Jagr
  • Norris: Chris Pronger
  • Selke: Steve Yzerman (+28)
  • Vezina: Olaf Kozig
  • Jennings: Roman Turek

Best Player Race

PlayerTeamGPGAPGCPSGPGAPGPPGGCPGPSPGHartTL
BurePanthers745836944113.50.780.491.270.550.183rdNo
DemitraBlues71284775289.70.390.661.060.390.14NoNo
JagrPenguins634254963712.20.670.861.520.590.192ndYes
ProngerBlues791448622014.80.180.610.780.250.19YesNo
RecchiFlyers822863913310.70.340.771.110.400.136thNo
SakicAvalanche602853813010.10.470.881.350.500.1714thNo
TurgeonBlues522640662590.500.771.270.480.17NoNo

Voting Breakdown:

  1. Pronger: 25 1st place votes, 68.28% total vote points
  2. Jagr: 18 1st place votes, 68.10% total vote points
  3. Bure: 11 1st place votes, 59.66% toval vote points
  4. Kolzig: 2 1st place votes, 23.97% total vote points
  5. Owen Nolan: 1 1st place vote, 10.69% total vote points

Other players to get first place votes:

  • Yzerman: 1 1st place vote, 4.48% total vote points

It’s weird to us that this is one of the closest votes in history as Pronger easily meets the “best player on the best team” criterion.

Verdict:

Good!

1999 – Jaromir Jagr, RW, Penguins (11th)

  • Best Player by PPG: Jaromir Jagr (1.57 PPG, 127P, 14.6 PS)
  • Art Ross: Jaromir Jagr
  • MVS by PS: Jaromir Jagr
    • MVS by PS factoring in playoffs: Jaromir Jagr
    • MVF by OPS: Jaromir Jagr
    • MVD by PS: Al Macinnis (13.6 PS, 62P)
    • MVD by DPS: Al MacInnis (+33)
  • MVG: Dominik Hasek (16.8 PS, 30-18-14, .937%, 1.87 GAA, 54 GSAA, 9 SO)
  • Best Player on Best Team (Stars)
    • by Points: Mike Modano (81P, 10.7 PS)
    • MVS by PS: Mike Modano
  • Best Player on Best Offensive Team (Maple Leafs)
    • by Points: Mats Sundin (83P, 8.9 PS)
    • MVS by OPS: Mats Sundin
  • Best Player on Best Defensive Team (Stars)
    • (skater) by PS: Mike Modano
    • by DPS: Derian Hatcher (8.6 PS, 30P, +21)
    • by GPS: Ed Belfour (9.1 PS, 35-15-9, .915%, 1.99 GAA, 10 GSAA, 5 SO)
  • Lindsay (Pearson): Jaromir Jagr
  • Norris: Al Macinnis
  • Selke: Jere Lehtinen (52P, +29, 6.5 PS)
  • Vezina: Dominik Hasek
  • Jennings:
    • Ed Belfour
    • Roman Turek (16-3-3, 9.15 SV%, 2.29 GAA, 4 GSAA, 1 SO)

Voting Breakdown:

  1. Jagr: 51 1st place votes, 96.96% total vote points
  2. Alexei Yashin: 0 first place votes; 40.36% total vote points
  3. Hasek: 4 1st place votes, 30.71% total vote points
  4. Curtis Joseph: 1 1st place vote, 21.07% total vote points
  5. Teemu Selanne: 0 first place votes; 19.82% total vote points

And we’re back to the Gretzky approach.

Verdict:

Fine!

1998 – Dominik Hasek (2nd), G, Sabres (10th by points, 9th by SRS)

  • Best Player by PPG: Jaromir Jagr (1.32 PPG, 102P)
  • Art Ross: Jaromir Jagr
  • MVS by PS: Teemu Selanne (13.3 PS, 86P)
    • MVS by PS factoring in playoffs: Alexei Yashin (9.5 PS, 72P)
    • MVF by OPS: Teemu Selanne
    • MVD by PS: Nicklas Lidstrom (11.6 PS, 59P)
    • MVD by DPS: Chris Pronger (10.3 PS, 36P, +47)
  • MVG: Dominik Hasek (18.6 PS, 33-23-13, .932%, 2.09 GAA, 54 GSAA, 13 SO)
  • Best Player on Best Team (Stars)
    • by Points: Joe Nieuwendyk (69P, 10 PS)
    • MVS by PS: Sergei Zubov (11 PS, 57P)
  • Best Player on Best Offensive Team (Blues)
    • by Points: Brett Hull (72P, 8.4 PS)
    • MVS by OPS: Brett Hull
  • Best Player on Best Defensive Team (Devils, by 1 goal)
    • (skater) by PS: Scott Niedermayer (10.8 PS, 57P)
    • by DPS: Scott Stevens (7.7 PS, 26P, +19)
    • by GPS: Martin Brodeur (11.1 PS, 43-17-8, .917%, 1.89 GAA, 17 GSAA, 10 SO)
  • Lindsay (Pearson): Dominik Hasek
  • Norris: Rob Blake (50P, -3, 8.8 PS)
  • Selke: Jere Lehtinen (42P, +19, 5.7 PS)
  • Vezina: Dominik Hasek
  • Jennings: Martin Brodeur

Best Player Race

PlayerTeamGPGAPGCPSGPGAPGPPGGCPGPSPGHartTL
BondraCapitals765226783512.10.680.341.030.460.16NoNo
BureCanucks825139904012.90.620.481.100.490.16NoNo
ForsbergAvalanche722566913110.10.350.921.260.430.148thNo
GretzkyKings82236790309.10.280.821.100.370.115thNo
JagrPenguins7735671023612.60.450.871.320.470.162ndNo
LeclairFlyers825136873713.10.620.441.060.450.167thNo
LidstromRed Wings801742592111.60.210.530.740.260.1512thNo
NieuwendykStars7339306929100.530.410.950.400.1412thNo
SelanneDucks735234863913.30.710.471.180.530.183rdNo
ZubovStars7310475718110.140.640.780.250.15NoNo

Voting Breakdown:

  1. Hasek: 43 1st place votes, 92.41% total vote points
  2. Jagr: 4 1st place votes, 57.04% total vote points
  3. Selanne: 5 1st place votes, 45.74% total vote points
  4. Brodeur: 1 1st place vote, 21.3% total vote points
  5. Wayne Gretzky: 1 1st place vote, 8.52% total vote points

Hasek had a better year but was slightly less of a consensus MVP. 

I agree that, this year, it’s hard to find a definitive skater. 

Is this Zubov’s best case for winning the Hart?

Verdict:

Barely controversial and not controversial if you accept goalies as Hart candidates.

1997 – Dominik Hasek, G, Sabres (6th by points, 7th by SRS)

  • Best Player by PPG: Mario Lemieux (1.61 PPG, 122P, 14.5 PS)
  • Art Ross: Mario Lemieux
  • MVS by PS: Mario Lemieux
    • MVS by PS factoring in playoffs: Brian Leetch (13.1 PS, 78P)
    • MVF by OPS: Mario Lemieux
    • MVD by PS: Brian Leetch
    • MVD by DPS: Vladimir Konstantinov (9.5 PS, 38P, +38)
  • MVG: Dominik Hasek (17.2 PS, 37-20-10, .930%, 2.27 GAA, 54 GSAA, 5 SO)
  • Best Player on Best Team (Avalanche)
    • by Points: Peter Forsberg (86P, 10 PS)
    • MVS by PS: Sandis Ozolinsh (11.1 PS, 68P)
  • Best Player on Best Offensive Team (Penguins)
    • by Points: Mario Lemieux
    • MVS by OPS: Mario Lemieux
  • Best Player on Best Defensive Team (Devils)
    • (skater) by PS: Scott Stevens (7.9 PS, 24P)
    • by DPS: Scott Stevens (+26)
    • by GPS: Martin Brodeur (12.4 PS, 37-14-13, .927%, 1.88 GAA, 36 GSAA, 10 SO)
  • Lindsay (Pearson): Dominik Hasek
  • Norris: Brian Leetch
  • Selke: Michael Peca (49P, +26, 5.1 PS)
  • Vezina: Dominik Hasek
  • Jennings:
    • Martin Brodeur
    • Mike Dunham (8-7-1, .906 SV%, 2.55 GAA, 0 GSAA, 2 SO)

Best Player Race

PlayerTeamGPGAPGCPSGPGAPGPPGGCPGPSPGHartLindsay
ForsbergAvalanche6528588631100.430.891.320.480.1511thNo
GretzkyKings82257297339.50.300.881.180.400.1215thNo
JagrPenguins6347489538120.750.761.510.600.1913thNo
KariyaDucks694455993912.60.640.801.430.570.182ndNo
LeclairFlyers8252479940130.630.571.210.490.166thNo
LeetchRangers822058782713.10.240.710.950.330.1616thNo
LemieuxPenguins7650721224614.50.660.951.610.610.193rdNo
LindrosFlyers5232477930100.620.901.520.580.199thNo
OzolinshAvalanche802345682511.10.290.560.850.310.14NoNo
SelanneDucks7851581094313.70.650.741.400.550.185thNo
TkachukCoyotes815234863810.90.640.421.060.470.1310thNo

Voting Breakdown:

  1. Hasek: 50 1st place votes, 96.11% total voting points
  2. Paul Kariya: 3 1st place votes, 44.26% total voting points
  3. Lemieux: 1 1st place vote, 33.52% total voting points
  4. Brodeur: 0 first place votes; 21.3% total vote points
  5. Teemu Selanne: 12.96% total vote points

This is why the league needs a “Most Valuable Goalie” award. It’s not that Hasek wasn’t stellar but that he was stellar the other years too. There are always stellar goalies but they rarely win the MVP. When they do win the MVP, we have to ask “Why this year?” 

Nobody knew what a Point Share was in 1997 (and their a crude approximation of value), so that’s not why he was voted in. But the Sabres were a long way from the best team in the league. Nor were they one of the very worst offensive teams in the league – they were bad but not in the Top 5 worst. 

So why a goalie this year? Penguins weren’t good enough? Forsberg didn’t score enough?

Verdict:

Any time a goalie wins, it’s controversial.

1996 – Mario Lemieux (3), C, Penguins (4th in points, 3rd by SRS)

  • Best Player by PPG: Mario Lemieux (2.3 PPG, 161P)
  • Art Ross: Mario Lemieux
  • MVS by PS: Mario Lemieux (17.4 PS)
    • MVS by PS factoring in playoffs
      • (by division) Brian Leetch (11.4 PS, 85P)
      • (by conference) Mario Lemieux
    • MVF by OPS: Mario Lemieux
    • MVD by PS: Ray Bourque (13 PS, 82P)
    • MVD by DPS: Vladimir Konstantinov (11.1 PS, 34P, +60)
  • MVG: Dominik Hasek (14.8 PS, 22-30-6, .920%, 2.83 GAA, 43 GSAA, 2 SO)
  • Best Player on Best Team (Red Wings)
    • by Points: Sergei Fedorov (107P, 12 PS)
    • by MVS by PS: Nicklas Lidstrom (12.2 PS, 67P)
  • Best Player on Best Offensive Team (Penguins)
    • by Points: Mario Lemieux
    • by OPS: Mario Lemieux
  • Best Player on Best Defensive Team (Red Wings)
    • (skater) by PS: Nicklas Lidstrom
    • by DPS: Vladimir Konstantinov (11.1 PS, 34P)
    • by GPS: Chris Osgood (7.8 PS, 39-6-5, .911%, 2.17 GAA, 15 GSAA, 5 SO)
  • Lindsay (Pearson): Mario Lemieux
  • Norris: Chris Chelios (72P, +25, 11.3 PS)
  • Selke: Sergei Fedorov
  • Vezina: Jim Carey (35, 24-9, .911 SV%, 2.26 GAA, 13 GSAA, 9 SO, 9.9 PS)
  • Jennings:
    • Chris Osgood
    • Mike Vernon (21-7-2, .903 SV%, 2.26 GAA, 2 GSAA, 3 SO, 4.2 PS)

Voting History:

  1. Lemieux: 34 1st place votes, 81.3% total vote points
  2. Mark Messier: 10 1st place votes, 50.93% total vote points
  3. Eric Lindros: 2 1st place votes, 39.44% total vote points
  4. Jaromir Jagr: 5 1st place votes, 28.89% total vote points
  5. Fedorov: 0 first place votes; 12.59% total vote points

Other first place vote getters:

  • Grant Fuhr: 1 1st place vote, 9.63% total vote points
  • Carey: 1 1st place vote, 5.93% total vote points
  • Paul Kariya: 1 1st place vote, 5.19% total vote points

By best forward, this is a no brainer.

Verdict:

Probably not controversial.

1995* – Eric Lindros, C, Flyers (4th by points, 8th by SRS)

  • Best Player by PPG: Eric Lindros (1.52PPG, 70P)
  • Art Ross: Jaromir Jagr (70P)
  • MVS by PS: Paul Coffey (9 PS, 58P)
    • MVS by PS factoring in playoffs: Peter Bondra (6.2 PS, 43P)
    • MVF by PS: Eric Lindros
    • MVF by OPS: Eric Lindros
    • MVD by DPS: Scott Niedermayer (5.1 PS, 19P, +19)
  • MVG: Dominik Hasek (10.3 PS, 19-14-7, .930%, 2.11 GAA, 36 GSAA, 5 SO)
  • Best Player on Best Team (Red Wings)
    • by Points: Paul Coffey
    • by MVS by PS: Paul Coffey
  • Best Player on Best Offensive Team (Nordiques)
    • by Points: Joe Sakic (62P, 6.1 PS)
    • by OPS: Joe Sakic
  • Best Player on Best Defensive Team (Blackhawks, by 2 goals)
    • (skater) by PS: Gary Suter (7.1 PS, 37P)
    • by DPS: Chris Chelios (6.9 PS, 38P, +17)
    • by GPS: Ed Belfour (6. PS, 25-15-3, .906%. 2.28 GAA, 5 GSAA, 5 SO)
  • Lindsay (Pearson): Eric Lindros
  • Norris: Paul Coffey
  • Selke: Ron Francis (59P, +30, 5.8 PS)
  • Vezina: Domink Hasek
  • Jennings: Ed Belfour

Best Player Race

PlayerTeamGPGoalsAPGCPSGPGAPGPPGGCPGPSPGHartLindsay
BondraCapitals4734943216.20.720.190.910.450.13NoNo
CoffeyRed Wings451444581990.310.981.290.420.204thNo
FrancisPenguins44114859195.80.251.091.340.430.13NoNo
JagrPenguins48323870278.30.670.791.460.560.172ndNo
LindrosFlyers46294170278.80.630.891.520.590.19YesYes

Voting Breakdown:

  1. Lindros: 10 1st place votes, 84% total vote points
  2. Jagr: 2 1st place votes, 36% total vote points
  3. Hasek: 3 1st place votes, 30.67% total vote points
  4. Coffey: 0 first place votes; 20% total vote points
  5. Theoren Fleury: 0 first place votes; 9.33% total vote points

Interestingly, Brett Hull appears to have been listed on the ballot but received zero votes.

No 1st place votes for Coffey? That’s ridiculous.

Verdict:

A least a little bit controversial.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *