by PuckStopsHere on 02/03/10 at 01:16 PM ET
In November, I picked Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres as the leading MVP candidate and he has held that position for a good portion of the season. However, his lead on other goalies in the league is getting smaller. Miller’s saves percentage of .932 is only one point ahead of Tomas Vokoun of Florida. His goals against average is second in the league to Antti Niemi of Chicago and could soon be caught by others including Tuukka Rask of Boston. Miller is no longer the MVP of the league.
My new MVP choice is my very early season choice of Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. A shoulder injury kept him out of eight games and dropped him from the lead, but he has had time to make up for that missed time. Ovechkin is currently second in points in the league with 77 (one behind Henrik Sedin of Vancouver) and third in goals with 36 (one behind Patrick Marleau of San Jose and Sidney Crosby of Pittsburgh = who are tied for the lead). Ovechkin leads the NHL with a +36 +/- rating. He has the best goals and points per game totals in the league. He had been the most dominant player in the league so far this season.
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