The NHL announced on Friday that center Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, right wing Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and center John Tavares of the New York Islanders are the three finalists for the 2012-13 Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team,” as voted on by members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.
This marks the first time the three Hart Finalists were first overall picks in the NHL Draft.
This is also an All-Eastern Conference Hart Trophy race, which will no doubt earn criticism from the West. But Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane likely split their vote; Ryan Getzlaf didn't get the buzz he deserved; and Sergei Bobrovsky missed the playoffs.
The award might come down to whether Crosby missing significant time at the end of the season is more important than Ovechkin’s iceberg-slow start for the Capitals.
Then again, voters might have decided that Tavares leading the Islanders to an unlikely playoff berth, their first since 2007, is more impressive than anything Sid and Ovie accomplished.
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