As we approach the midway point of the third round of the NHL playoffs, it's time to examine each conference finalist's top candidate for the Conn Smythe Trophy.
The Conn Smythe Trophy is awarded each year to the most valuable player of the Stanley Cup playoffs, not just the best player in the final round.
Last season, Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was the winner as Los Angeles won its first ever Stanley Cup.
Here is a look at each remaining team's top candidate for the Conn Smythe. In each instance, I have listed why that player is his team's leading contender and some other prominent players who are in the running as well. The candidates are not chosen on pure statistics alone but on how important their performance was to their team's success in the playoffs.
Each team has one representative on this list and the four candidates are not presented in any particular order.
Feel free to comment on any of these picks and present an alternative player. Please state why you feel your choice deserves to be the leader at this point.