by PuckStopsHere on 02/06/13 at 01:47 AM ET
I have been picking the MVP of the season from as early a point as I reasonably can in the season. This is in part to try to determine at which point in the season the eventual MVP emerges. My first pick this season was Thomas Vanek of the Buffalo Sabres. Last week he was surpassed by Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks. I think Vanek has taken over the lead again.
Vanek leads the NHL with 19 points. This is a three point lead over anyone else. His +6 +/- rating leads his team. That is despite having missed one game with a muscle strain.
Vanek is a player who has had all-star calibre seasons in the past. However he does not do that consistently. Last season he posted 61 points, which while good will not put a player in the All Star Game. This is not his first fast start to a season but it is his best start so far. In a short season, a fast start might be a big part of an MVP season. It will be interesting to see if Vanek remains in the race all season or if he is passed by the usual suspects.
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