Let's cut right to the chase:
Daniel Alfredsson deserves the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player.
I can think of at least five reasons:
While other players in the NHL go on hot streaks and cold streaks, Alfredsson never wavers.
Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza score points in spurts. Alfredsson just keeps doing what he needs to do—and that helps Ottawa more than Heatley scoring four times in an 11-4 blowout, as he did last year.
Not only is Alfredsson a threat on the top line with Heatley and Spezza—he's also a top-notch player when paired with less talented Senators like Patrick Eaves, Antoine Vermette, and Mike Fisher.
Like other great players, Alfredson elevates his teammates ability whenever he steps on the ice—a key for any Hart Trophy winner.
Alfredsson leads by example more than just words, he leads by example. He's always pushing for that edge, and lending his knowledge to his younger teammates. His 12 years of NHL experience are crucial and definitely don't go to waste.
Alfredsson can be put in the game at any point—he's effective on the PP and the PK, as well as late in the game and in overtime. He isn't a defensive liability, and always delivers when his team needs him.
Alfredsson is in top 10 in goals, assists, and points again this year. He started the season strong, and continues to produce better than a point a game. He has 19 goals and 25 assists for 44 points in 31 games this year.
So there you have it. Yes, there are other players who have these abilities, but none have shown it better than Daniel Alfredsson.
The Senators could survive without Spezza (as they did last year for three weeks), or even Heatley—but they'd be lost without their captain, Daniel Alfredsson.