Corey Perry Should Win the Hart Trophy
In 2011, Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks took his game to another level, Perry was this seasons only 50 goal scorer, along the way achieving a new career-high in points with 98. This incredible mark shattered his old high of 76 points set a season ago. Do the math: that's an incredible improvement of an astounding 22 points!
Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks was NHL's overall point’s leader with 104 to His name. This marks a 19 point improvement on his previous career-high of 85 set in 2010. One must keep in mind, Sedin missed 22 games of action that season. Getting a full season back under his belt this year, in my opinion is the only reason for the sharp improvement. I won’t be mad if Daniel Sedin wins the coveted Hart Trophy as league MVP. In fact, it would be pretty cool. A little piece of history. His twin brother Henrik won the award last season.
On to the other competitor in this race, Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning. St. Louis is consistently a great player for his team. Having said this, he was not the biggest difference maker for his club this year. To me, the Tampa Bay Lightning got as far as they did this season because of the change in the front office, hiring Steve Yzerman was the key to Tampa’s success.
So, if the Hart Trophy is awarded on the principle it stands for: Most Valuable Player to his team. The winner clearly is Corey Perry. If not for his incredible improvement in points then, how about his record-setting amount of goals in one month that vaulted his Anaheim Ducks into a playoff spot single-handedly. If this is not enough, what about Corey Perry's 11 game-winning goals, that lead the NHL this season? Couple that with 290 shots and 104 penalty minutes, and you soon see Corey Perry is the most complete player in today's NHL. Anybody who plays fantasy hockey knows Corey Perry was the MVP in that world this season. So why not make him the MVP in the real world?