Reevaluating the Hart Part 8: The Present Day

In Part 8 of our Hart Trophy series we examine the Hart Trophies awarded since the 2013 lockout and we guess about who should win in 2020.

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2020 – ????

  • Best Player by PPG: Leon Draisaitl (1.55 PPG, 110P, 12.8 PS)
  • Art Ross: Leon Draisaitl
  • MVS by PS: David Pastrnak (13.2 PS, 95P)
    • MVS by PS factoring in playoffs
      • Conference: 
      • Division: 
    • MVF by OPS: Leon Draisaitl
    • MVD by PS: Roman Josi (10.9 PS, 65P, +22)
    • MVD by DPS: Jaccob Slavin (7.9 PS, 36P, +30)
  • MVG: Connor Hellbuyck (12.5 PS, 31-21-5, .922 SV%, 2.57 GAA, 6 SO, 22 GSAA)
  • Best Player on Best Team (Bruins)
    • by Points: David Pastrnak
    • by MVS by PS: David Pastrnak
  • Best Player on Best Offensive Team (Lightning)
    • by Points: Nikita Kucherov (85P, 10.5 PS)
    • by OPS: Nikita Kucherov
  • Best Player on Best Defensive Team (Bruins)
    • by PS: David Pastrnak
    • by DPS: Charlie McAvoy (5.1 PS, 32P, +24)
    • by GPS: Tuukka Rask (9.1 PS, 26-8-8, .929 SV%, 2.12 GAA, 5 SO, 23 GSAA)
  • Lindsay (Pearson)
  • Norris
  • Selke
  • Vezina
  • Jennings
    • Jaroslav Halak (18-6-6, .919 SV%, 2.39 GAA, 3 SO, 9 GSAA)
    • Tuukka Rask

2019 – Nikita Kucherov

  • Best Player by PPG: Nikita Kucherov (1.56 PPG, 128P, 14.6 PS)
  • Art Ross: Nikita Kucherov
  • MVS by PS: Nikita Kucherov
    • MVS by PS factoring in playoffs
      • Conference: Nathan MacKinnon (11.8 PS, 99P)
      • Division: Brad Marchand (11.7 PS, 100P)
    • MVF by OPS: Nikita Kucherov
    • MVD by PS: Mark Giordano (12.6 PS, 74P, +39)
    • MVD by DPS: Esa Lindell (8.6 PS, 32P, +14)
  • MVG
    • Frederik Andersen (12.5 PS, 36-16-7, 1 SO, .917 SV%, 2.77 GAA, 14 GSAA, 1 SO) 
    • Carey Price (12.5 PS, 35-24-6, 4 SO, .918 SV%, 2.58 GAA, 15 GSAA, 4 SO)
  • Best Player on Best Team (Lightning)
    • by Points: Nikita Kucherov
    • by MVS by PS: Nikita Kucherov
  • Best Player on Best Offensive Team (Lightning)
    • by Points: Nikita Kucherov
    • by OPS: Nikita Kucherov
  • Best Player on Best Defensive Team (Islanders)
    • by PS: Ryan Pulock (8.7 PS, 37P)
    • by DPS: Ryan Pulock (+21)
    • by GPS: Robin Lehner (10.2 PS, 25-13-5, 6 SO, .930 SV%, 2.13 GAA, 26 GSAA, 6 SO)
  • Lindsay (Pearson): NIkita Kucherov
  • Norris: Mark Giordano
  • Selke: Ryan O’Reilly (77P, +22, 8.8 PS)
  • Vezina: Andrei Vasilevskiy (39-10-4, .925 SV%, 2.40 GAA, 26 GSAA, 6 SO)
  • Jennings:
    • Thomas Greiss (23-14-2, .927 SV%, 2.28 GAA, 20 GSAA, 5 SO)
    • Robin Lehner

Voting Breakdown:

  1. Kucherov: 164 first place votes; 98.07% total vote points
  2. Sidney Crosby: 3 first place votes; 43.22% total vote points
  3. Connor McDavid: 1 first place votes; 27.19% total vote points
  4. Johnny Gaudreau: 2 first place votes; 25.85% total vote points
  5. Marchand: 0 first place votes; 18.83% total vote points

Other first place votes:

  • MacKinnon: 1 first place vote; 15.5% total vote points (6th)

Verdict:

Correct

2018 – Taylor Hall, LW, Devils (18th Best Team by SRS)

  • Best Player by PPG: Connor McDavid (1.32 PPG, 108P, 13.1 PS)
  • Art Ross: Connor McDavid
  • MVS by PS: Connor McDavid
    • MVS by PS factoring in playoffs: Austin Mathews (9 PS, 63P)
    • MVF by OPS: Connor McDavid
    • MVD by PS: Drew Doughty (11.7 PS, 60P)
    • MVD by DPS: Drew Doughty (+23)
  • MVG: Connor Hellebuyck (14 PS, 44-11-9, .924 SV%, 2.36 GAA, 24 GSAA, 6 SO)
  • Best Player on Best Team (Predators)
    • by Points: Filip Forsberg (64P, 8.3 PS)
    • by MVS by PS: PS Subban (10.5 PS, 59P)
  • Best Player on Best Offensive Team (Lightning)
    • by Points: Nikita Kucherov (100P, 11.6 PS)
    • by OPS: Nikita Kucherov
  • Best Player on Best Defensive Team (Kings – by 2 goals)
    • by PS: Drew Doughty
    • by DPS: Drew Doughty
    • by GPS: Jonathan Quick (12.2 PS, 33-28-3, .921 SV%, 2.40 GAA, 17 GSAA, 5 SO)
  • Lindsay (Pearson): Connor McDavid
  • Norris: Victor Hedman (63P, +32, 11 PS)
  • Selke: Anze Kopitar (92P, +21, 11 PS)
  • Vezina: Pekka Rinne (42-13-4, .927 SV%, 2.31 GAA, 27 GSAA, 8 SO, 13.2 PS)
  • Jennings:Jonathan Quick

Best Player Race:

PlayerTeamGPGAPGCPSGPGAPGPPGGCPGPSPGHartTL
DoughtyKings821050601911.70.120.610.730.230.1415thNo
GirouxFlyers8234681023611.80.410.831.240.440.144thNo
KucherovLightning8039611003711.60.490.761.250.460.156thNo
MacKinnonAvalanche743958973712.20.530.781.310.500.162ndNo
MalkinPenguins784256983812.40.540.721.260.490.167thNo
McDavidOilers8241671084113.10.500.821.320.500.165thYes
OvechkinCapitals824938873711.20.600.461.060.450.149thNo
SubbanPredators821643592110.50.200.520.720.260.13NoNo
WheelerJets81236891319.20.280.841.120.380.118thNo

Voting breakdown: 

  1. Taylor Hall: 72 1st place votes; 77.07% total vote points
  2. MacKinnon: 60 1st place votes, 72.8% total vote points
  3. Anze Kopitar: 11 1st place votes, 33.6% total vote points
  4. Claude Giroux: 10 1st place votes, 33.29% total vote points
  5. McDavid: 6 1st place votes, 16.46% total vote points
  • Evgeni Malkin: 3 1st place votes, 5.91% total vote points
  • Blake Wheeler: 1 1st place vote, 4.21% total vote points
  • William Karlsson: 1 1st place vote, 1.95% total vote points

Hall’s Hart feels virtually unprecedented but there’s a precedent: 1934, with Joliat’s Hart, and 1935, with Shore’s second Hart or Goodfellow’s Hart or Pratt’s Hart. O’Connor too. There are actually lots of them, they’re just from way back when.

Verdict

Controversial.

2017 – Connor McDavid, C, Oilers (8th by points, 6th by SRS)

  • Best Player by PPG: Connor McDavid (1.22 PPG, 100P, 12.8 PS)
  • Art Ross: Connor McDavid
  • MVS by PS: Brent Burns (15.3 PS, 76P)
    • MVS by PS factoring in playoffs: Shea Weber (10.1 PS, 42P)
    • MVF by PS: Connor McDavid
    • MVF by OPS: Sidney Crosby (12.3 PS, 89P)
    • MVD by DPS: Drew Doughty (10.5 PS, 44P, +8)
  • MVG: Sergei Bobrovsky (14.9 PS, 41-17-5, .931%, 2.06 GAA, 33 GSAA, 7 SO)
  • Best Player on Best Team (Capitals)
    • by Points: Nicklas Backstrom (86P, 9.9 PS)
    • MVS by PS: Nicklas Backstrom
  • Best Player on Best Offensive Team (Penguins)
    • by Points: Sidney Crosby 
    • MVS by OPS: Sidney Crosby
  • Best Player on Best Defensive Team (Capitals)
    • (skater) by PS: Nicklas Backstrom
    • by DPS: Dmitry Orlov (7.7 PS, 33P, +30)
    • by GPS: Braden Holtby (12.3 PS, 42-13-6, 9 SO, .925%, 2.07 GAA, 19 GSAA, 9 SO)
  • Lindsay (Pearson): Connor McDavid
  • Norris: Brent Burns
  • Selke: Patrice Bergeron (53P, +12, 6.6 PS)
  • Vezina: Sergei Bobrovsky
  • Jennings: Braden Holtby

Best Player Race

PlayerTeamGPGAPGCPSGPGAPGPPGGCPGPSPGHartTL
BurnsSharks822947762815.30.350.570.930.340.194thNo
CrosbyPenguins754445893612.30.590.601.190.480.162ndNo
McDavidOilers8230701003612.80.370.851.220.440.16YesYes

Voting Breakdown:

  1. McDavid: 147 1st place votes, 96.05% total vote points
  2. Crosby: 14 1st place votes, 66.11% total vote points
  3. Bobrovsky: 4 1st place votes, 28.08% total vote points
  4. Burns: 1 1st place vote, 16.35% total vote points
  5. Erik Karlsson: 15.45% total vote points
  • Brad Marchand: 1 1st place vote, 11.02% total vote points

Verdict:

Seems reasonable. (Wait, wait! Why wasn’t Bobrovsky the MVP? How is his case different than Price’s?)

2016 – Patrick Kane, Rapist, RW, Blackhawks (t-5th by points, 6th by SRS)

  • Best Player by PPG: Patrick Kane (1.29 PS, 106P, 15 PS)
  • Art Ross: Patrick Kane
  • MVS by PS: Patrick Kane
    • MVS by PS factoring in playoffs
      • (division) Victor Hedman (10.1 PS, 47P)
      • (conference) Sidney Crosby (11.5 PS, 85P)
    • MVF by OPS: Patrick Kane
    • MVD by PS: Brent Burns (12.9 PS, 75P)
    • MVD by DPS: Drew Doughty (11.6 PS, 51P, +24)
  • MVG: Henrik Lundqvist (12.6 PS, 35-21-7, .920%, 2.48 GAA, 10 GSAA, 4 SO)
  • Best Player on Best Team (Capitals)
    • by Points: Evgeny Kuznetsov (77P, 9.6 PS)
    • MVS by PS: Alex Ovechkin (11.7 PS, 71P)
  • Best Player on Best Offensive Team (Stars)
    • by Points: Jamie Benn (89P, 12.1 PS)
    • MVS by OPS: Jamie Benn
  • Best Player on Best Defensive Team (Ducks – by 3 goals)
    • (skater) by PS: Corey Perry (8.9 PS, 62P)
    • by DPS: Hampus Lindholm (7.3 PS, 28P, +7)
    • by GPS: Frederik Andersen (7 PS, 22-9-7, .919%, 2.30 GAA, 3 GSAA, 3 SO)
  • Lindsay (Pearson): Patrick Kane
  • Norris: Drew Doughty
  • Selke: Anze Kopitar (74P, +34, 9.7 PS)
  • Vezina: Braden Holtby (48-9-7, .922 SV%, 2.20 GAA, 12 GSAA, 3 SO, 12.1 PS)
  • Jennings:
    • Frederik Andersen
    • John Gibson (21-13-4, .920 SV%, 2.07 GAA, 2 GSAA, 4 SO, 6.5 PS)

Best Player Race [silly]

PlayerTeamGPGAPGCPSGPGAPGPPGGCPGPSPGHartTL
BurnsSharks822748752712.90.330.590.910.330.1620thNo
KaneBlack Hawks82466010641150.560.731.290.500.181stYes
KarlssonSenators821666822711.70.200.801.000.330.149thNo
OvechkinCapitals795021713311.70.630.270.900.420.156thNo
ThorntonSharks8219638227100.230.771.000.330.125thNo

Voting Breakdown:

  1. Kane: 121 1st place votes, 93% total vote points
  2. Sidney Crosby: 11 1st place votes, 53.33% total vote points
  3. Benn: 8 1st place votes, 42.47% total vote points
  4. Braden Holtby: 5 1st place votes, 19.47% total vote points
  5. Joe Thornton: 17.8% total vote points
  • Ovechkin: 2 1st place votes, 14.13% total vote points
  • Jaromir Jagr: 1 1st place vote, 4% total vote points
  • Anze Kopitar: 1 1st place vote, 3.53% total vote points
  • Ben Bishop: 1 1st place vote, 2.8% total vote points

The voters were weirdly split. It’s hard to see why Crosby’s case is so much better than, so many others’.

Verdict:

Correct

2015 – Carey Price, G, Canadiens (2nd by points, 7th by SRS)

  • Best Player by PPG: Sidney Crosby (1.09 PPG, 84P, 10.5 PS)
  • Art Ross: Jamie Benn (87P, 10.7 PS)
  • MVS by PS: Alex Ovechkin (12.6 PS, 81P)
    • MVS by PS factoring in playoffs
      • (by division) Radim Vrbata (8.6 PS, 63P)
      • (by conference) Roman Josi (10.8 PS, 55P)
    • MVF by OPS: Alex Ovechkin
    • MVD by PS: PK Subban (12.4 PS, 60P)
    • MVD by DPS: PK Subban (+21)
  • MVG: Carey Price (16.2 PS, 44-16-6, .933%, 1.96 GAA, 37 GSAA, 9 SO)
  • Best Player on Best Team (Rangers)
    • by Points: Rick Nash (69P, 11.4 PS)
    • MVS by PS: Rick Nash
  • Best Player on Best Offensive Team (Lightning – by 2 goals)
    • by Points
      • Tyler Johnson (72P, 10.3 PS)
      • Steven Stamkos (72P, 10.1 PS)
    • MVS by OPS: Steve Stamkos
  • Best Player on Best Defensive Team (Canadiens – by 2 goals)
    • (skater) by PS: PK Subban
    • by DPS: PK Subban
    • by GPS: Carey Price
  • Lindsay (Pearson): Carey Price
  • Norris: Erik Karlsson (66P, +7, 11.9 PS)
  • Selke: Patrice Bergeron (55P, +2, 6.4 PS)
  • Vezina: Carey Price
  • Jennings:
    • Corey Crawford
    • Carey Price (32-20-5, .924 SV%, 2.27 GAA, 16 GSAA, 2 SO)

Best Player Race

PlayerTeamGPGAPGCPSGPGAPGPPGGCPGPSPGHartTL
BackstromCapitals82186078268.10.220.730.950.320.10NoNo
BennStars823552873310.70.430.631.060.400.1312thNo
CrosbyPenguins772856843010.30.360.731.090.390.135thNo
KaneBlack Hawks61273764248.80.440.611.050.390.1410thNo
NashRangers794227693011.40.530.340.870.380.147thNo
OvechkinCapitals815328813612.60.650.351.000.440.162ndNo
SeguinStars713740773110.20.520.561.080.440.1415thNo
SubbanCanadiens821545602012.40.180.550.730.240.1516thNo
TavaresIslanders823848863411.20.460.591.050.410.143rdNo
VoracekFlyers82225981278.80.270.720.990.330.11NoNo

Voting Breakdown:

  1. Price: 139 1st place votes, 95.41% total vote points
  2. Ovechkin: 8 1st place votes, 56.56% total vote points
  3. John Tavares: 4 1st place votes, 47.07% total vote points
  4. Devan Dubnyk: 6 1st place votes, 26.11% total vote points
  5. Sidney Crosby: 8.79% total vote points

Look, I get that Price was the most valuable goaltender this year. What I don’t understand is, there’s an MVG every year, why this year is he more deserving of the Hart than some other MVGs (with higher GPS)?

Verdict:

Controversial.

2014 – Sidney Crosby (2), C, Penguins (6th)

  • Best Player by PPG: Sidney Crosby (1.3 PPG, 104P, 13.5 PS)
  • Art Ross: Sidney Crosby
  • MVS by PS: Sidney Crosby
    • MVS by PS factoring in playoffs
      • (by division) Ryan Suter (9.5 PS, 43P)
      • (by conference) Max Pacioretty (9.6 PS, 60P)
    • MVF by OPS: Sidney Crosby
    • MVD by PS: Matt Niskanen (11.1 PS, 46P)
    • MVD by DPS: Matt Niskanen (+33)
  • MVG: Semyon Varlamov (15.5 PS, 41-14-6, .927%, 2.41 GAA, 27 GSAA, 2 SO)
  • Best Player on Best Team (Bruins – by 1 point)
    • by Points: David Krejci (69P, 8.6 PS)
    • MVS by PS
      • Patrice Bergeron (9.2 PS, 62P)
      • Zdeno Chara (9.2 PS, 40P)
  • Best Player on Best Offensive Team (Ducks – by 2 goals)
    • by Points: Ryan Getzlaf (87P, 11.2 PS)
    • MVS by OPS: Corey Perry (12.3 PS, 82P)
  • Best Player on Best Defensive Team (Kings – by 3 goals)
    • (skater) by PS: Anze Kopitar (10 PS, 70P) 
    • by DPS: Drew Doughty (9.4 PS, 37P, +17)
    • by GPS: Jonathan Quick (7.4 PS, 27-17-4, .914%, 2.07 GAA, 2 GSAA, 6 SO)
  • Lindsay (Pearson): Sidney Crosby
  • Norris: Duncan Keith (61P, +22, 10 PS)
  • Selke: Patrice Bergeron (+38)
  • Vezina: Tuukka Rask (36-15-6, .930 SV%, 2.04 GAA, 26 GSAA, 7 SO)
  • Jennings: Jonathan Quick [Presumably Jones and Scrivens, who both outplayed Quick, didn’t meet the Jennings’ games played requirement]

Voting Breakdown:

  1. Crosby: 128 1st place votes, 97.81% total vote points
  2. Getzlaf: 5 1st place votes, 64.01% total vote points
  3. Claude Giroux: 2 1st place votes, 31.75% total vote points
  4. Varlamov: 1 1st place vote, 18.69% total vote points
  5. Bergeron: 10% total vote points
  • Carey Price: 1 1st place vote, 1.46% total vote points

This seems legit.

Verdict:

Good!

2013 – Alex Ovechkin (3), LW, Capitals (10th in points, 8th in SRS)

  • Best Player by PPG: Sidney Crosby (1.56 PPG, 56P, 7.5 PS)
  • Art Ross: Martin St. Louis (60P, 1.25 PPG, 6.3 PS)
  • MVS by PS: Alex Ovechkin (8 PS, 56P)
    • MVS by PS factoring in playoffs: Alex Pietrangelo (4.9 PS, 24P)
    • MVF by OPS: Alex Ovechkin
    • MVD by PS: PK Subban (7.1 PS, 38P)
    • MVD by DPS: Andy Greene (4.8 PS, 16P, +12)
  • MVG
    • Henrik Lundqvist (9.3 PS, 24-16-3, .926%, 2.05 GAA, 17 GSAA, 2 SO) 
      • Sergei Bobrovsky (9.2 PS, 21-11-6, .932 SV%, 2.00 GAA, 21 GSAA, 4 SO)
      • Antti NIemi (9.2 PS, 24-12-6, .924 SV%, 2.16 GAA, 14 GSAA, 4 SO)
  • Best Player on Best Team (Blackhawks)
    • by Points: Patrick Kane (55P, 7.6 PS)
    • MVS by PS
      • Patrick Kane
      • Jonathan Toews (7.6 PS, 48P)
  • Best Player on Best Offensive Team (Penguins)
    • by Points: Sidney Crosby
    • MVS by OPS
      • Sidney Crosby
      • Chris Kunitz (7.8 PS, 52P)
  • Best Player on Best Defensive Team (Blackhawks – by 3 goals)
    • (skater) by PS
      • Patrick Kane
      • Jonathan Toews
    • by DPS: Duncan Keith (5.5 PS, 27P)
    • by GPS: Corey Crawford (6 PS, 19-5-5, .926%, 1.94 GAA, 11 GSAA, 3 SO)
  • Lindsay (Pearson): Sidney Crosby
  • Norris: PK Subban
  • Selke: Jonathan Toews
  • Vezina: Sergei Bobrovsky
  • Jennings:
    • Corey Crawford
    • Ray Emery (19-17-1, .922 SV%, 1.94 GAA, 5 GSAA, 3 SO)

Best Player Race

PlayerTeamGPGAPGCPSGPGAPGPPGGCPGPSPGHartTL
BackstromCapitals4884048154.80.170.831.000.310.1017thNo
CrosbyPenguins36154156197.50.421.141.560.530.212ndYes
KaneBlack Hawks47233255217.60.490.681.170.450.166thNo
KunitzPenguins48223052207.80.460.631.080.420.1616thNo
OvechkinCapitals483224562380.670.501.170.480.17YesNo
St. LouisLightning48174360206.30.350.901.250.420.139thNo
StamkosLightning48292857227.10.600.581.190.460.158thNo
SubbanCanadiens42112738137.10.260.640.900.310.1713thNo
TavaresIslanders48281947206.60.580.400.980.420.143rdNo
ToewsBlack Hawks47232548197.60.490.531.020.400.164thNo

Voting Breakdown:

  1. Ovechkin: 50 1st place votes, 60.89% total vote points
  2. Crosby: 46 1st place votes, 59.11% total vote points
  3. John Tavares: 38 1st place votes, 51.34% total vote points
  4. Toews: 39 1st place votes, 49.50% total vote points
  5. Sergei Bobrovsky: 4 1st place votes, 17.37% total vote points
  • Kane: 2 1st place votes, 8.77% total vote points

This is what happens when the league doesn’t play a full season, voters get very, very confused.

Verdict: 

Controversial

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