NHL Playoffs 2012: Early Favorites for the Conn Smythe Trophy

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NHL Playoffs 2012: Early Favorites for the Conn Smythe Trophy
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The NHL awards the Conn Smythe Trophy each year to the "most valuable player for his team in the playoffs."

Last year, goalie Tim Thomas of the Bruins won the award. Although the winner usually comes from the Cup-winning team, several players have won the Smythe while playing for teams that lost in the Stanley Cup Finals.

While we are still midway through Round 2, here's a look at some early front-runners for the Conn Smythe Trophy (in no particular order). I will update this list weekly until the end of the playoffs.

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