Now that the conference finals have begun, speculation for the Conn Smythe Trophy has heated up. Some names are still coming up in connection to the Stanley Cup MVP, such as Mike Smith of Phoenix.
Unlike other sports, where the MVP is selected by one game or one series, the Conn Smythe winner is based on the entire postseason play.
One other thing that makes the Conn Smythe a unique award is that a member of a losing team can still win the award. It has only happened five times since the award's inception, though—most recently in 2003 when J.S. Giguere won despite a losing effort for Anaheim.
In the slides that follow, we'll look at 10 players whose hard work thus far has them in consideration for the Conn Smythe. These slides are in no particular order.