Ranking the Top Conn Smythe Candidates in the 2014 NHL Playoffs

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Ranking the Top Conn Smythe Candidates in the 2014 NHL Playoffs
Associated Press

Some idiot wrote that the Los Angeles Kings were done a couple of weeks ago. Oh, right, that idiot was me. You're welcome for the DaterJinx, Kings fans. In my estimation, the Kings are the most dangerous-looking team remaining in these overtime-filled Stanley Cup playoffs, and the following list of Conn Smythe Trophy favorites will include plenty of purple royalty.

But there are others, too. This is actually shaping up to be one of the toughest early Conn Smythe betting pools in recent years. Nobody is 20 points ahead in the scoring race. Heck, Sidney Crosby only got his first goal of the playoffs Monday night (and anyone who wagered on that before the playoffs might have won a lot of money in Vegas had there been such a category in the sportsbooks). 

Nobody is miles ahead of anyone else in the "best goalie" category, though Carey Price and Jonathan Quick are clearly in the lead and will see their names on this list.

The last player to win the Conn Smythe on a losing team was J.S. Giguere with Anaheim in 2003, so the odds do not favor anyone not on the winning team in the end. That especially holds true as the sports age becomes ever more modern. Today, buzz is what matters most, and giving a guy from a losing team the Conn Smythe Trophy isn't very buzzy. 

Until then, these are the favorites, based on the players' performances to date and their team's chances of hoisting the Stanley Cup in June.

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