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by George Malik on 06/16/13 at 12:27 AM ET
Many of the voters who determined the winners of the vast majority of the NHL's individual awards for the 2013 season--the Professional Hockey Writers' Association--readily admitted that their decisions were made much more difficult by the fact that a 48-game season is more of a "sprint" than an 82-game marathon (yielding players on "streaks" meriting recognition), as well as the fact that half of 'em didn't see 15 teams play on anything but television thanks to no inter-conference play...
But the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons believes that the Hart Trophy voters got their pick wrong (ditto for PK Subban!):
Somehow this is almost perfect: Alexander Ovechkin, who played well for half a season, has won the Hart Trophy in what essentially was little more than half a National Hockey League season.
And maybe even more perfect, his unlikely victory was botched by the NHL, first leaked, then announced in an odd manner, on the same night as Game 2 of a Stanley Cup playoff game.
Talk about a league burying the lede?
Ovechkin got hot in the second half of a 48-game season, carried the Washington Capitals to the playoffs in the weakest division in hockey and is rewarded with the sport’s greatest individual trophy.
It’s not a terrible decision by the voters, just not a great one. It was a challenging year to vote for the Hart. Sidney Crosby was the best player in the league, but he only played 36 games and tied with Ovechkin in points scored. Crosby missed the final 12 games. At the time of the injury, Crosby was 19 points ahead of Ovechkin.
You could have voted for John Tavares or Jonathan Toews ahead of Ovechkin — and I did — because their seasons were more complete, more full shortened seasons and played against tougher opponents.This is Ovechkin’s third Hart Trophy, the first after he was written off, and probably the least deserved of the three.
He continues and talks about Subban's Norris Trophy and the Phoenix Coyotes' situation.
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