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2013-14 Stats: 15 games, six goals, 11 assists; plus-six
Analysis: Joe Pavelski is simply not going to be denied. He knows that his San Jose Sharks have a powerful team and doesn't care if they have been held short of their goals in the past.
He is going to do anything to help the Sharks have a winning season and then get through the Western Conference playoffs so they can compete for the Stanley Cup.
That's never happened in Pavelski's career, and he is sharing the leadership role on this year's team with Logan Couture (next slide) to make sure the 2013-14 season does not end in heartbreak.
Pavelski is an overachiever who gets the most out of his ability. He was a seventh-round draft choice, so nobody realistically expected him to become a mainstay and a potential MVP candidate. But he never lets up, so he at least has an outside shot of becoming a Hart Trophy contender.
Pavelski received a five-year, $30 million contract extension from the Sharks at the end of last season, and it's clear that San Jose general manager Doug Wilson has full confidence in him.
"He's one of our core players, the way he plays," Wilson told the San Jose Mercury News. "To me it was just an important contract to get done, certainly on the heels of Logan's contract. He fits certainly for now and for the future."
Odds on winning Hart Trophy: 15-1