This is the big one: the Hart Memorial Trophy is awarded to the league MVP as voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association in all 30 of the cities around the NHL.
Corey Perry has shown all the traits of a league MVP this season. While the other nominees are both extremely talented, Perry stood out from the rest because of the incredibly important role he played in the Ducks lineup.
Not only was he the only player in the NHL to get to 50 goals this season, Perry essentially picked the Ducks up onto his shoulders and carried them not just to the playoffs, but to the fourth seed in the West, a position virtually nobody thought they would be in at the start of the season.
Had Perry not been as good as he was all season, the Ducks more than likely would have missed the playoffs completely.
Plus Perry also showed a spectrum of skills possessed by very few others. His stickhandling was absolutely unbelievable, as he used his quick hands dance around opposing defensemen.
His goal scoring was incredibly varied, as he regularly scored from wrist shots, slap shots, deflections, pure luck goals, left side, right side, right in the slot, and from shots on the blue line... anywhere. And his brute strength made him nearly uncontainable by opposition players.
For this reason and for his critical role in the success of the Anaheim Ducks, Corey Perry will be this year's league MVP.
Other Nominees: Daniel Sedin (Vancouver Canucks), Martin St. Louis (Tampa Bay Lightning)
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