Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/14/13 at 10:37 AM ET
from Shane McNeil of TSN,
Heart is what can differentiate statistical leaders from Hart Trophy winners, but it can also be the missing element that turns a third-line grinder into a Conn Smythe Trophy candidate.
So, as Valentine's Day comes around once again, we ask: Which NHL player has the most heart?
Is it a player that demonstrates leadership at an early age?
Jonathan Toews and Sidney Crosby both guided their teams to a Stanley Cup championship before they hit 25 years old. Evgeni Malkin, meanwhile, won the Conn Smythe at the age of 23.
But maybe experience is a better gauge of heart.
Players like Travis Moen and Maxime Talbot have become the kind of character veterans that many general managers see as the difference makers between talented clubs and championship contenders.
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