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Speaking of dark-horse candidates, Willie Mitchell has blocked 33 shots in just nine games—that's helping his goaltender out with almost four blocked shots a game.
Not bad for a former eighth-round pick.
Mitchell has been helping his goaltender, Jonathan Quick, in ways that are under-appreciated by most. Quick has such a good save percentage because he gets so much help defensively.
Whether it's tying up people in the slot, or blocking shots in front of him, the Kings have helped out Quick quite a bit defensively.
If Mitchell wins the Conn Smythe, it could be the least likely selection of all time. But Mitchell is doing his part, and his blocked shots have certainly helped his team and his goaltender. Whether he is a quality choice for MVP or not will be determined by the rest of the playoffs.
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