Hart Trophy Watch: Early Rankings of Top Candidates for 2013-14 Award

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Hart Trophy Watch: Early Rankings of Top Candidates for 2013-14 Award
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Don't look now, but we're a quarter of the way through the 2013-14 NHL season.

At this time last year, the owners' lockout was in full swing. This season, we're enjoying the eighth week of a hockey schedule that seems breezily spaced out, despite the fact that it's an Olympic year.

Voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association, the Hart Trophy is awarded each summer to the player judged to be most valuable to his team during the regular season.

It's early to say who will be at the top of the heap come season's end, and last week's injury to Steven Stamkos reminded us just how quickly a potential MVP's prospects can change, but some patterns are starting to emerge.

An interesting mix of new faces and old favourites, here's an early look at the top candidates for the 2014 Hart Trophy.

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