The Lester B. Pearson Award is presented annually to the "most outstanding player" in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA.
My pick: Alexander Ovechkin —
For the first time ever, three Russians are up for both the Lester B. Pearson and Hart trophies. This shows just how good Russia is at developing forwards with immense skill and talent.
Personally, I think the choice is easy in Alexander Ovechkin. The three finalists are not the only ones who can receive votes—and there is no doubt that Crosby will steal some from Malkin—as there are people who believe Crosby is the more valuable player on the Penguins.
Also, Pavel Datsyuk is extremely talented, but there is no doubting the help he had. With a supporting cast of Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Nicklas Lidstrom, Brian Rafalski and Marian Hossa, you are not likely to win the MVP award.
There is no doubt that Ovechkin had help in the likes of Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Semin, but the surrounding casts in Pittsburgh and Detroit were much better, and Ovechkin once again led the league in goals. Its just too bad Ovechkin missed three games or else he could have won the big four individual awards for the second year in a row.