At least four of them―Jaromir Jagr, Jose Theodore, Martin St. Louis and Joe Thornton―are somewhere between arguably and indisputably past the point of hope for another honor. Another one, Chris Pronger, is still on the Philadelphia Flyers payroll but has not played in nearly two years and is likely finished at this point.
The rest of the recent winners, though, have surefire competition amongst themselves along with a vast host of recent finalists and other conspicuous specimens of top-notch talent. But the deep pool of candidates for the next Hart Trophy recipient does not reach the floor there.
In alphabetical order, here are 10 NHL players who might not draw knee-jerk thoughts of potential “regular-season MVP” but wouldn’t necessarily surprise anyone if they claim that very title in 2014. Any of these players could by all means compose a season that will have the 29 fanbases other than his own wondering what might have been if he was on their team.
Unless otherwise indicated, all statistics for this report were found via nhl.com