In almost every season since he was drafted in 2008, Steven Stamkos has been in the conversation for the Hart Memorial Trophy for the league’s most valuable player. Stamkos leads the league in goals for the second consecutive season and has worked himself into the MVP talks again.
Last season, Stamkos was a finalist for the trophy—which ended up going to Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins. His 60 goals were the highlight of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s season. Stamkos is making his case for the Hart Trophy again this season and here is why.