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Early Awards

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

Here’s a look at how the fields are shaping up in the battle for the NHL’s major awards.

Got a better idea? Leave your picks in the comments section below.

Hart Trophy (MVP) Patrick Kane, Blackhawks

There are no passengers on the 10-0-2 Hawks, but Kane has clearly emerged as the go-to guy on the NHL’s best team. He’s keeping his legs moving — something he did only in spurts during his disappointing 2011-12 season — and the puck magic has followed. That he ranks second in the league in scoring is amazing. That he’s done it while playing eight of 10 on the road — where opposing coaches have the last change and the chance to defend him as they wish — illustrates why he’s easily the league’s most dominant performer.

In the mix: Thomas Vanek, Sabres; Henrik Zetterberg, Red Wings; David Clarkson, Devils

read on for the rest of the awards...

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redxblack's avatar

12 games is a streak, not a season.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/11/13 at 02:07 PM ET

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