Montreal Canadiens forward David Desharnais was named the team’s nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy this past week. However, despite being the Habs’ first official player to get nominated for an award this 2013-14 season, he’s arguably also the least likely to win.
Forget the fact that the award is handed to the player “who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey," according to NHL.com. And that, looking at his season so far, the only possible reason he would win is because he’s only now finally earning his contract after going his first 19 games with just one point.
Forget the fact that Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding won last year for coming back to play in the postseason after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Hell, you can even forget the fact that this year’s crop of nominees includes much more deserving candidates like:
- Forty-two-year-old Jaromir Jagr of the New Jersey Devils.
- New York Ranger Dominic Moore, who resumed his NHL career this season after taking a year off to cope with the tragic loss of his wife.
- Ottawa Senator Erik Karlsson, who has successfully come back from a torn Achilles tendon to once again lead all defensemen in scoring.
The simple truth is Desharnais simply won't win the Masterton, and some Habs just stand better chances at taking home some hardware. Here are the top five hypothetical award winners on the Montreal Canadiens for your reading pleasure: