To be fair, it should probably be amended to exclude Patrick Kane and focus on the runners-up. Kane's lead is reasonably insurmountable at 17 points, with each of his competitors having under 20 games to gain ground. In fact, at their current paces, all but one are projected to finish with fewer than the 88 points Kane has atop the leaderboard.
But given his history, there's always a chance Kane could fall prey to the injury bug. He missed a significant chunk of time last season with a broken clavicle, for example. There's hope yet for those on his tail—even if that tail is as long as Halley's Comet's.
As of Friday morning, there were 10 players in the NHL with at least 60 points, but only about a half-dozen of them could be considered legitimate threats to Kane if he were injured or abducted by aliens (Anaheim Ducks fans, perhaps) in the coming days.
Click ahead to read up on the candidates and my odds on their respective chances of claiming the Art Ross Trophy.