NHL Stars Most Likely to Win Their 1st Hart Trophy in the Next 3 Seasons
Winning the NHL's Hart Trophy as league MVP is an impressive accomplishment, but which NHL stars will likely win the coveted award within the next three years?
The NHL is full of superstars, and it hard to believe the Hart Trophy has eluded elite players such as John Tavares, Steven Stamkos, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. These players still have a lengthy career ahead of them, and here are the NHL superstars with the best chance of winning a Hart Trophy in the next three seasons.
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
Patrick Kane had a party boy reputation during his early NHL days, and his production was average in nature. Last season, Kane vowed to focus on hockey, and he had one of his best seasons to date.
When you consider that Kane has grown up and decided to focus on hockey, he is primed to explode offensively and capture a Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player.
John Tavares, New York Islanders
John Tavares is star who has gotten better year after year, and he is poised to take his place as the NHL's best player in a few years. The New York Islander captain is an elite playmaker, an accomplished goal scorer and a solid offensive player in general.
His leadership qualities and hard work led the Islanders to their first playoff berth in years, and it is only a matter of time until he gets the league-wide recognition he deserves. Since joining the NHL, Tavares has made a concerted effort to improve his all-around game, and in the next three years, he is certainly going to be one of the faces of the NHL.
Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
Although Jonathan Toews has a reputation for being a strong defensive player, the 2012-13 Selke Trophy winner is a pretty good offensive player.
Through his past 186 games, Toews has 181 points for a points-per-game average of 0.97. The reason this is being stated is because recent Hart Trophy winners have been among the league leaders in scoring.
"Captain Serious" is a complete three-zone player who is also a great leader, and he deserves to get recognition as one of the league's most valuable players.
Taylor Hall, Edmonton Oilers
Taylor Hall is one of the NHL's top young stars, and in the next three years, he will become one of the league's best players under Dallas Eakins. Although the Edmonton Oilers are not currently a contender, they have the talent and coaching to transform into a solid team in the next three years.
Injuries have been tough for Hall throughout his career, but the 2012-13 season was a bright spot for the 2009 No. 1 overall pick. Last season, Hall scored 16 goals and added 34 assists for 50 points in 45 games.
The next few years should be big for Hall, and he has a great chance to win a Hart Trophy.
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning are bound to get better in the next three years, and Steven Stamkos' continued growth will be a big reason why. Stamkos should become the next captain of the Lightning, and the 23-year-old pivot is already one of the league's best players.
Stamkos has 208 goals and 386 points in 373 career games, and it is only a matter of time until he leads the Lightning to greatness as the NHL's most valuable player. Most Hart Trophy winners are members of teams that make the postseason, and in the next three years, that shouldn't be a problem for Stamkos and the Lightning.
Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
Claude Giroux is the captain of the Philadelphia Flyers, and he is the team's best player. The Flyers missed the playoffs last year, and they will be looking to have more success this season. Giroux is a talented offensive player who makes his teammates better, and he has already shown he can be a top NHL scorer.
In the next three years, the Flyers could be a team to be reckoned with, and for that reason, Giroux has a great chance to capture his first Hart Trophy in the next three years.