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Who should win the 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy?

May 27, 2012, 1:29 PM EDT

Conn Smythe trophy, Gary Bettman Getty Images

Now that we’ve reached the Stanley Cup finals, it’s time to start thinking about who could wind up winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs. Both the Devils and Kings have a handful of guys to consider for the award, but we’re picking out three from each team to consider.

Here goes nothing.

Los Angeles

Drew Doughty — Ken Hitchcock said Doughty was the best player in the second round and he’s looked every bit of the superstar he’s meant to be in the postseason. With two goals and eight assists he’s, by far, the leading blue line scorer for L.A.

Dustin Brown — Brown has been Mr. Everything for Los Angeles. Even strength he’s been a beast and shorthanded he’s given opponents nightmares. He’s physical, he’s skilled, and he’s leading the Kings in goals and points with every goal seeming to be a big one.

Jonathan Quick — Without Quick the Kings are toast most nights. He’s seen plenty of rubber and kept most of it out with a .946 save percentage. The Kings haven’t been superstars on defense but with Quick in goal they’ve been mopping the floor with opponents out West. Do the Kings even go anywhere without their Vezina Trophy finalist?

New Jersey

Ilya Kovalchuk — He’s leading the playoffs in points and is a goal shy of tying Danny Briere and Claude Giroux for the playoff lead. He’s been everything the Devils hoped he would be when they signed him to his monster deal two summers ago and, after finally escaping the first round, he’s settled in in glorious fashion.

Martin Brodeur — Brodeur might’ve been boned out of the 2003 Conn Smythe when Jean-Sebastien Giguere won it in losing fashion, but with how he’s played in these playoffs he might be able to land the one trophy that’s eluded him. Brodeur might be 40 years-old, but he’s looking like classic Marty all over again.

Zach Parise — He’s the captain and he’s had a huge postseason with seven goals and seven assists, trailing only Kovalchuk offensively. Being the captain means having to carry the team and he’s more than done his share of that, especially against the Rangers. Now if only they can get him locked up long-term…

Now it’s up to you to decide. Who takes home the Conn Smythe Trophy right now? Vote in our poll and let us know.

  1. ironmike778 - May 27, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Kings – Quick ; NJ – Parise

    • taytay099 - May 27, 2012 at 8:12 PM


  2. lordfletcher - May 27, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Quick if the Kings win…. NJ is still up in the air, but looks like Parise or Kovalchuk

  3. broadstbully33 - May 27, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    The best player in the world. Claude Giroux it took kovy an extra serious to past him by one point

    • lordfletcher - May 27, 2012 at 1:57 PM

      I laughed at the best player in the world comment followed up by Giroux. He is an amazing talent and I would love to have him on my team, but he is NOT the best player in the world. If he was, he would have his name on the cup. Plain and simple

    • emperorzero - May 27, 2012 at 2:17 PM

      I was credited with three goals and four assists against the Penguins and I didn’t even play! Thanks Marc Andre Fleury!

  4. blomfeld - May 27, 2012 at 1:55 PM


    Assuming this now concludes with a glorious Kings Stanley Cup championship, the MVP will be an absolute “no brainer” ! Quick’s play has been brilliant and borderline “ethereal” … and despite the fact that the Kings are playing like madmen in front of him, he’s the one person you couldn’t do without. Trust me, were the Kings to have had the likes of say Luongo guarding the fort, then “that would have been that” back in the first round ! :)


  5. mydadyourmom - May 27, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Kovy once the Devils win in six.

  6. emperorzero - May 27, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    The comment about the Kings being toast most nights without Quick sums up why he is the King’s MVP. For the Devils, I think it comes down to who comes up the biggest in the Finals. Any of the three Devil players mentioned has a legitimate arguement for the Conn Smythe at this point.

  7. broomehandle - May 27, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Broadstbullies really? When you have 2 goalies who are garbage and let in 5 or more goals a game its not hard to rack up points, fleury and ilya are terrible

  8. canuckinamerica - May 27, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Before any Loaf fans post….let me say it first. Phil Kessel!!!!

  9. quizguy66 - May 27, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    I think that unless the Devils win in 4 or 5 games that Quick is probably going to get it. Could be just like ’03. Devils win the Cup and a California goalie has to do the Hextall routine with the Conn Smythe.


  10. malkinrulez - May 27, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Quick-LA and Kovy if it is NJ. Broad st bullies you obviously haven’t been paying attention Geno dominated the regular season and took over the world championships, Claudette had 4 great games against a team that forgot how to play defense

  11. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 27, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    “He’s seen plenty of rubber and kept most of it out”

    There’s gotta be a better way to say that.

  12. sergeikremlin - May 27, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Jonathan Quick has been an absolute rock for the Kings back there. While Brown has shiften momentum and been a large part of the team advancing, I think Quick has been the bigger difference maker.

    For the Devils, it’s Ilya Kovalchuk for me right now, due to leading the league in points, but expanding the criteria, Adam Henrique has scored two series-winning OT goals. If he has a big final and the Devils win, he would be my pick.

    • blomfeld - May 27, 2012 at 7:51 PM

      with all due respect tovarisch …

      Kovalchuk is a very good player, no argument there … but he ain’t no Kharlamov ! … and as far as Ovechkin goes ? … well I’m not even going to get started on that … :)

  13. oside760 - May 27, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    two words: john quick…. GO KINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. noreasony - May 27, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Parise, 100% if devs win. The consisted hard working effort would give
    Him my vote over kovy who was maddening at points in the playoffs, parise was consistently awesome for me

  15. steelpenguin71 - May 27, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    We need a new trophy, the

    “BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD (for two weeks)” trophy

    You know who should get that…..

    See ya next year my cheesesteak eaten fellow Pennsylvanians

  16. claysbar - May 27, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Quick for the Kings, Brodeur for the Devils ( more on sentiments sake than performance ) though he has looked pretty good for an ole’ timer.

  17. bobhpine - May 27, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Praise has one more goal in the playoffs than Jordan Staal…impressive

  18. blomfeld - May 27, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    By the way Yerdon ….

    was Bettman “singing” in this picture ? … because it sure as hell looks like he was ! … perhaps you could be so kind as to elucidate ? … if he was belting out a tune, then I bet it was an Elvis song ! … probably this one … :)

  19. proudliberal85392 - May 28, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    No question…Jonathan Quick.

  20. quizguy66 - May 28, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    For fun, I added up points for the “3-stars” of each game for the Kings and Devils. It may end up informing the Conn Smythe debate (and if that’s the case, don’t be surprised if Marty gets it, particularly if the Devils can win in a short series). It’s also why I think that Quick could win it even if the Kings lose in 6 or 7. Anyway here you go (This uses a system of 5 pts for 1st star, 3 pts for 2nd star, 1 pt for 3rd star).
    (1st star-2nd star-3rd star-points)
    Marty 1-3-3 17 points
    Henrique 2-1-0 13 points
    Zubrus 2-0-0 10 points
    Parise 1-1-2 10 points
    Kovy 1-1-1 9 points
    Clarkson 1-1-0 8 points.
    14 different Devils have been named one of the 3-stars at least once this playoffs. Marty has been one of the 3-stars the most by far (7 times)

    Quick 4-2-1 27 points
    D Brown 1-3-3 17 points
    Richards 1-1-1 9 points
    Kopitar 1-1-1 9 points
    Doughty 1-1-0 8 points
    4 guys with 1-0-0 5 points
    The star of the game awards have been much condensed for the Kings. 11 players have been named a star of the game at least once (6 of them exactly once) Quick and Brown have each been named 7 times, with Quick being named first star an impressive 4 times.

    I included times players were listed as a star of the game in losses, btw. It kinda comes out in the wash as even though the Kings have played less games their players have earned a total of 28 stars for 92 points. The Devils have earned a total of 30 stars for 90 points.

    So there you go.

  21. quizguy66 - May 28, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    As an aside, I’m kinda surprised the NHL doesn’t do an official tally for stars of the game as an award-type deal. In fact the only time I can remember seeing it reference that way was when I saw a Blackhawks game at the old Chicago stadium back in like ’90 and then showed the “standings” for stars of the game on the scoreboard before the game.


  22. highlander24 - May 28, 2012 at 4:07 AM

    Let’s hope it’s a King regardless of who it is!!!! GO KINGS GO!!!!

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