NHL.com writer Dan Rosen updated the NHL's MVP tracking on December 1st. In an article titled "Carey Price early favorite for Hart Trophy," the Montreal Canadiens' goaltender received a lot of attention. Price started the season sick, however he has been very effective for the Montreal Canadiens ever since. According to Rosen, "Price was a near unanimous pick for the Hart Trophy as League MVP among the 13 NHL.com writers who conducted an unofficial vote at the quarter mark of the season."

Connor McDavid most points in NHL so far

However, the leading scorer in the NHL is 19-year-old sensation Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers.

McDavid has 34 points through 25 games and a 100-point season is by no means out of the question. If he plays a full 82-game season then that projects to about 112 points on the year. Perhaps the voters on the award will mix in team success and the Canadiens are better than the Oilers. However, if Maestro McDavid, with his similar nickname to Roger Federer, stays strong then he will be hard to ignore as a Hart Memorial candidate. The voting points for the top-three favorites were as follows:

  • Carey Price, 61 points
  • Sidney Crosby, 40 points
  • Connor McDavid, 32 points

Voters lenient with Sidney Crosby?

Sidney Crosby in second place might be a little bit generous for the Pittsburgh Penguins' star. He has certainly played well in his 18 appearances as he has tallied 25 points.

Crosby does have a scoring average that is a little higher than McDavid's. However, let's not forget that limited action was precisely the argument that was made against McDavid last season when it came to the Rookie of the Year voting (Calder Memorial). McDavid had the best scoring average among rookies in 2015/16 yet missing time was considered a knock against him as he didn't prove his scoring average last season over the long term.

The same kind of logic could be made against Crosby this year and in favor of McDavid.

Furthermore, why Devan Dubnyk did not register a single point from the votes is perplexing to say the least. Dubnyk has a 1.66 GAA and .946 save percentage with plenty of playing time. Perhaps him playing for Minnesota doesn't help him, however the Hart Memorial is an individual award.

I'm not saying he should be the favorite but it's weird -- and perhaps discrediting -- that he didn't even get one point from the voters despite an incredible performance to date this season.

However, the debates for who should be second and third aren't the big picture at the moment. Price is the leader, he has an incredible .947 save percentage and he is tied for the league lead in wins at 13. The latter stat is impressive given that he missed starts to open the season. Montreal also look like runaway winners in the Atlantic Division to me, and if Price stays healthy, he should win.

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