On Wednesday, the NHL announced the finalists for the league MVP, commonly known as the Hart Memorial Trophy. This year’s candidates are all Russian born players marking the first time in history such an event has occurred.
In case you couldn’t guess which Russian players would be considered this year then you might want to start frequenting this site more. Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin is back to defend his trophy against of fellow countrymen Evgeni Malkin of Pittsburgh and Pavel Datsyuk of Detroit.
Ovechkin, who led the league in goals for the second year in a row will try to become the first player to win back-to-back MVP awards since Dominik Hasek did it in 1997 and 1998.
Malkin has already secured the Art Ross as he tries to overcome his “arch rival” Ovechkin as the two look to face off in the second round the Stanley Cup playoffs(second round prediction coming up today)
Datsyuk, who has never gotten the media attention despite playing on a Stanley Cup team will go for his first Hart. Finishing up the season 4th in scoring, Datsyuk has also been nominated for the Lady Byng Trophy as most gentlemanly player and the Selke Trophy as the league’s best defensive forward.