Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/03/11 at 10:24 PM ET
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
Admittedly, this argument is a tough sell because, in the 42 seasons the Hart Trophy has been awarded in the post-expansion NHL, it’s never gone to a player like Ryan Kesler.
But maybe the time has come.
Kesler, of course, is having another break-out season after his break-out 2009-10 season and, with back-to-back Selke nominations, it’s not as if he’s an unknown commodity around the league. But unless you’ve been watching him on a night-in, night-out basis, it’s hard to capture the full measure of his game and what he’s meant to the Canucks.
The numbers are impressive enough, although they don’t exactly jump off the page. Following his two-goal performance on Wednesday night in Phoenix, Kesler sits third in the league with 30 goals, but he’s still a $10-dollar cab ride from Steven Stamkos, who leads with 39. His 50 points also placed him 11th among NHL scorers before Thursday night’s games. Again, pretty good, but not exactly Hart material.
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