NHL Awards Tracker: Ranking the Leading Candidates for the Hart Trophy

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NHL Awards Tracker: Ranking the Leading Candidates for the Hart Trophy
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The race for the Hart Trophy was a runaway in late March.

At that time, Sidney Crosby, the best player in the NHL, was having the best year of any player.

However, when he was hit in the jaw with a deflected puck, Crosby was back on the injured list. While he apparently did not suffer a concussion, he has not played a game since March 30.

The Penguins are not saying when he will return to the lineup.

Whether Crosby plays before the end of the regular season or not, he will remain a Hart Trophy candidate. However, his absence means that other serious candidates have emerged.

Here's our look at the top six candidates for the NHL's version of the MVP award.

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