by PuckStopsHere on 11/14/11 at 03:13 PM ET
Corey Perry may have won the MVP in 2010/11 but he isn’t looking like he will be in the running this year. After 17 games played he has 11 points. This puts him on pace for a 53 point season, which would be his lowest total since 2006/07.
Perry has become the target for his opposition. Teams have keyed in on him more than his teammates - especially Ryan Getzlaf and Teemu Selanne - since he is the reigning MVP. Opposing teams have learned that one of the best ways to keep Perry from beating them on the ice is to keep him off the ice. Perry leads the NHL with 15 minor penalties. He is far more valuable to his team on the ice than in the penalty box, but teams have learned to get him into the penalty box.
Corey Perry was a surprise MVP last year. He has never had an MVP candidate season before last year. He wasn’t in the MVP running until late in the season when he went on a hot streak and won the goal scoring title. It was reasonable to believe that he wouldn’t be able to follow it up with another MVP season. It is reasonable to expect that he can do better than he has so far this season. It is also reasonable to expect it will take a while for him to get used to being as much of a target for opposition as he has become as reigning MVP.
I think Corey Perry is a good player. He is an All Star Game calibre player, but he is not the level of talent who is likely to be in an MVP race. Last season was an overachievement and a poor choice by the voters. Perry may have been the hottest player when the season ended, but Tim Thomas and Henrik Sedin had better overall seasons. He will not be able to repeat such a season.
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