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Already A New Early MVP

A little over a week ago, I picked Brad Richards of the Dallas Stars as the early season MVP, as is usually the case, things change rapidly early in the season.  Richards has clearly been overtaken by Steve Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Stamkos is the top scorer in the NHL with 15 points (nobody else has above 11 points).  Stamkos is tied for the NHL lead with eight goals.  He also has a team leading +8 +/- rating.

Steve Stamkos is quickly becoming one of the biggest stars in the NHL and at this rate could soon be a serious candidate in any debate for the best hockey player in the world.  Last year, Stamkos’s second in the NHL, was his breakout year where he tied for the NHL goal scoring lead with 51 goals.  This summer, I ranked Stamkos as the fifth best player in the NHL and third best forward and I think he is showing that ranking if it is incorrect is too low.

Most people argue that the best player in the NHL is one of Alexander Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby.  How long until Stamkos becomes the third choice or eclipse one of the other two?

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OlderThanChelios's avatar

Less than 10 games into the 2010-2011 season and you’ve already picked two MVPs. Truly mind-boggling.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 10/26/10 at 08:58 PM ET

Luongo-is-my-hero's avatar

he adjusts his picks to suit what is happening in the world like any fine blogger would

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 10/26/10 at 09:11 PM ET

PuckStopsHere's avatar

I am tracking who I think is leading the race as time passes.  Obviously as more games are played things will change.

If you want my best pick for who will eventually win the Hart Trophy this year, I pick Alexander Ovechkin, but at this early point in the season, he is definitely not the MVP so far this year.

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 10/26/10 at 09:16 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

If you want my best pick for who will eventually win the Hart Trophy this year, I pick Alexander Ovechkin, but at this early point in the season, he is definitely not the MVP so far this year.

So, if I understand you correctly, you’ve made these two “early” picks simply to have something to post. Right?

Hey, I guess everyone has to have something that justifies their existence. Apparently picking end-of-season award winners before 10 games have been played is your niche. And if you keep “adjusting” your picks every week, I’m betting that you end up choosing the eventual winner.

So, you the man, TPSH. You the ever-changing,-ever-adjusting man.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 10/27/10 at 12:26 AM ET

PuckStopsHere's avatar

First, Older than Chelios, I want to thank you for not being as much of a blatant troll as you have been in the past.  No, you do not understand me correctly.  I have tracked my pickes for awards in the NHL from as early in the season as it is possible to make a pick through to the end of the season for as long as I have been blogging and you have read them so I presume you understood things and are just being argumentative right now.

I think it is informative to see how picks evolve over the course of a season.  We learn (for example) how long a streak might be a fluke when we see how far into the season that an unlikely player who doesn’t end up in the actual awards race can appear as MVP (or Vezina, Norris etc leader).  We see how dominant a player is if he can lead from pillar to post for a given award.  Also it generates some discussion, which can be quite interesting (I suppose this qualifies as I can explain why its a valuable question to ask).

The only way to truly generate this data is to publicly make my picks as they seem logical.  You cannot fairly in hindsight say that n months ago I thought so and so was leading for an award.  The only way to do it fairly is make the picks when they occurred and have a public record of them. 

In the end, this type of pick is interesting and it generates statistical data on the public record, which can be looked into to learn about hockey.  And afterall that is why we are here isn’t it?

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 10/27/10 at 12:36 AM ET

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