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The case for Henrik Sedin for the Hart Trophy

Apr 7, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

Henrik.jpgAs we near the end of the season, we’re going to take a look at
who we think should be three finalists for the Hart, Norris and Calder Trophies, making arguments for each. We start with the Hart
Trophy, given to the NHL’s Most Valuable Player. Tonight: Henrik Sedin.

Why he deserves it: No
other player has made such a monstrous jump this season than Henrik
Sedin, and it’s tough to find another team that needs a player more than
the Canucks need him. Some worried that when brother Daniel went down
due to injury that Henrik would struggle, but amazingly the complete
opposite happened. Henrik became the lifeblood of the Canucks offense,
taking the team and placing them on his back. This season he’s taken
‘playmaker’ to a new level in Vancouver, with nearly 30 more points than
any other teammate not named Sedin. He has ten more asists (78) than
the next highest in the NHL and despite having “just” 29 goals has the
best shooting percentage of the top scorers in the league.

It’s
not just offense, but what his presence means to this team. Without his
playmaking ability there’s no question the Canucks would have struggled,
especially when Daniel was hurt. The way that Henrik stepped up and
elevated his game, not only improving himself and those around him are
the exact reasons why one would deserve to be named the NHL’s Most
Valuable Player.

Why he doesn’t deserve it: It’s
tough to say exactly why Henrik Sedin doesn’t deserve the Hart, but one
could point to his relatively low goal total. It’s a career high for a
him, yet when compared with others who he might be compared against
that’s one stat that will stand out. It’s a flimsy argument, however,
for a player leading the NHL in assists and points.

Why
he’ll get it:
A player who makes those around him better,
dishing out assist after assist while scoring 29 goals himself, five
game winners, and never misses a game? Hard to describe an MVP much
better than that.

Why he won’t get it: This is
harsh, but the sad reality that Sedin plays for Vancouver way out on the
West coast will work against him. There are some other players out on
the East coast, on more prominent teams, who get more attention.
Deserved or not.

  1. JDC - Apr 7, 2010 at 9:59 PM

    You are 100% right. Henrik deserves the Hart more than any other player in the NHL.
    Ovechkin does not deserve it. He is not the most valuable to his team. He may be the best player in the league, but not the most valuable to his team.
    Crosby will probably win it based on his high goal scoring totals this year. However, without Crosby the Pens can still lean on Malkin, Staal, Fleury, and to a lesser extent Gonchar. But in my opinion he does not deserve it more than Henrik.
    The only person that I think deserves it as much as H. Sedin is Ryan Miller and even so I think he is not as deserving as Hank. Buffalo has a decent supporting cast, as does Vancouver, but without Miller they are nothing – as would Vancouver be without Henrik.
    But alas we ALL know what will happen and we knew months ago. As you said, Vancouver is on the West and the media controls how the voting will be swayed. Crosby or Ovechkin will win it because Bettman needs the poster boys to stay marketable.
    Vancouver will sell out every game regardless of weather Henrik wins the Hart or not. They will always have a loyal fan base and never need extra help from the league. There is no benefit for the league for Henrik to be named MVP and therefore he will not.

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