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Time To Pick The Conn Smythe Trophy Winner

I have avoided any Conn Smythe talk until today for one simple reason, it was way too early to talk about until a team has a chance to clinch the Stanley Cup.

from Jason Kay of The Hockey News,

If the playoffs ended today, and they just might, Drew Doughty would probably win the Conn Smythe Trophy as post-season MVP. The Kings superstar defenseman who can beat you with flash and smash is a supreme talent and highly worthy of the accolade.

If not Doughty, then Anze Koptiar, the big, gifted Slovenian who leads the spring points’ parade, while superbly shutting down the biggest guns on the opposition, would likely be next in line for the prestigious hardware. He went toe-to-toe with Joe Pavelski/Joe Thornton, Ryan Getzlaf, Jonathan Toews and Derek Stepan and (so far) bested them all.

Combined with Jonathan Quick, when he’s on like he was in Game 3, they give the Kings the strongest down-the-middle trio of any team in the NHL.

Still, my inner voice is saying this is Justin Williams’ time.

continued

Who is your favorite to win the award?

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Comments

pautna's avatar

Tough call. I’m leaning towards Kopi because of his overall performance in these playoffs. With that said, any one of those mentioned would be worthy. In the end, as Justin Williams said, it’s the “big jug” that counts the most.

Posted by pautna on 06/11/14 at 09:39 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Gotta go with Kopitar.  A career playoff year.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/11/14 at 04:49 PM ET

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