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Early Season MVP

Early in the season it is expected that the leaders for many of the NHL awards will fluctuate.  Few players can lead in the race for an award from very early in the season through to the end of the year.  The Hart Trophy is on such award.  I picked Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers as an early leader a week ago.  Since then he has slowed down and fallen back a few spots in the scoring race.  I think we have a new MVP of the season so far in Shea Weber of the Montreal Canadiens.

Weber has been the top defenceman in the league so far.  He is second in scoring among defencemen with 10 points and has a league leading +15 +/- rating. 

Some argue that Weber is the second most valuable Montreal Canadien behind Carey Price.  While Price has been very good this year, he has only appeared in seven games and hence has been less valuable than Weber who has appeared in all the games.

Weber is a top level defenceman who has come close to winning the Norris Trophy in the past.  Some suggested his best days were over when he was traded to Nashville this summer.  That is clearly false, although it is unclear how long he can keep up this level of play.  Thus far he is not only the top defenceman in the NHL but also its most valuable player.

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