Corey Perry recently took home the Hart Memorial Trophy at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas. Which means he was the leagues MVP. He completely deserved it, with 50 goals last season, which was tops in the league.
Every NHL team now has at least one superstar on every team because of the salary cup. Which makes it more exciting to watch when every team has a chance to beat anyone.
Here is every NHL teams MVP.
From reading the title I'm assuming you knew who the Ducks MVP was. Corey Perry led the league with 50 goals to win the scoring title, for the first time in his career. The Ducks have a great group of players with plenty of people that could be the MVP. Players like Ryan Getzlaf, Jonas Hiller and Bobby Ryan could all be it.
Perry though, took his game to a whole new level this past season. He especially lit it up towards the end of the season, when the Ducks were in the playoff race and shot them up to a four seed for the playoffs. He stepped up when his team needed him most and that's a great reason to be your teams' most valuable player.
Tim Thomas was the story of the playoffs this past summer. He stepped up when his team fell down into a 0-2 series deficit against bitter rivals Montreal. After they tied the series up on the road, that's when he and the Bruins took off.
Thomas also received his second Vezina Trophy at the NHL awards this summer. He also claimed two ESPY awards for best championship performance and best NHL player.
Thomas also took home the Conn Smythe award for MVP in the playoffs, which he fully deserved even if Boston would have lost game seven. It will be hard to have a better season for Thomas in 2012.
Miller is best known for his unbelievable performance in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Taking home MVP of the Hockey Tournament. He has been Buffalo's best player since 2006, when he really came on the map.
However, he did have somewhat of a dismal season last year. He did have 34 wins, but his save percentage dropped to .916 and goals against rose to 2.59. Not terrible numbers at all, but we are used to seeing him put up much better.
Expect Miller to bounce back and still be the face of the Sabres franchise.
Jarome Iginla is just a complete beast. He played in all 82 games this season and put up 86 points. 43 goals and 43 assists. He is still in his prime at the age of 34 and still has some good years ahead of him.
He might be switching out of the Flames sweater though, with rumors and talks of him maybe being on the move. Until that happens though, Iginla is still Calgary's best player across the board.
Look for him to have another great season.
Jeff Skinner pretty much came out of nowhere and surprised a lot of people. He put up 31 goals and 32 assists and played all 82 games last season. Which is surprising considering he is a rookie and he is not very big at all.
He also took home the Calder Trophy for best rookie in the NHL. He was the clear front runner in that contest.
Look for Skinner to have some great seasons to come with the Hurricanes at only 19 years old.
Not only is he the best player on the Hawks, but he is also one of the best in the game. He is still very underrated in my opinion and no one gives him credit when he does the unthinkable. Like tying up game seven short handed, late in the third.
Toews is the captain of Chicago and for good reason. He is just a natural leader and is given the nickname "Captain Serious" by his teammates. He is all business and wants to win. That's what makes him great.
Matt Duchene has been a good youngster in the NHL. Playing on an inexperienced, young team hasn't slowed down his numbers though. He put up 55 points in his rookie season and progressed with 67 points last year.
Duchene is the Av's biggest offensive threat and they don't have too many others either. He needs to keep putting up higher numbers each year, if Colorado wants to return to glory.
Rick Nash has been a very solid player for the Blue Jackets and their best player since joining the league in 2002. He has been the franchises only face in their short history in the NHL.
He puts up solid numbers despite not having too much help around him. If he was on a better team his numbers would be a lot higher. The signing of Jeff Carter should help his and the teams numbers rise in the up coming season.
Eriksson isn't appreciated as much as he should be when it comes to his talent. I'm chalking it up to playing in a smaller market. His numbers have rose every single season since his first in 2006-2007.
Putting up 73 points last season in 79 games. That was tops on the Dallas roster. The Stars have a well enough team to make the playoffs and compete. He also has plenty of talent around him to do well and put up some more points next season.
Pavel Datsyuk is arguably the best all-around player in the world. He also has the some of the sickest hands the game has ever seen. He put up 59 points in 56 games because of an injury ridden season. Otherwise he probably would have led the Red Wings in points with about 90.
Datsyuk is still in his prime and has some good years ahead of him in Detroit. Look for him to maybe break his personal best for points at 97 next season.
Eberle's hype was over taken by Taylor Hall's first overall pick last season. I think Eberle is a better overall player than Hall, but both are going to be great in the NHL. Playing with the young group of Oilers, that still haven't found themselves as a team. His numbers will just rise year after year.
He also scored the best goal of the season on opening night against the Flames. He is one of the fine pieces Edmonton has in their future.
Stephen Weiss is the face of the Panthers organization and not too many people want to be labeled as that. He likes that fact. He loves his team in Florida and wants to be part of the solution and get that team back on track and into the playoffs.
Weiss had a slower year this season, but he will be back with the new faces that will be surrounding him this next season. The Panthers could be a playoff team once again.
Kopitar is a great young all-star at the age of only 23. He is the best offensive threat on the Kings and has never gotten below 60 points in a season. He will put up even better numbers this season with more support coming around him.
With Mike Richards and Simon Gagne headed to Hollywood, his talent will flourish even more. The Kings could be a major contender this season with all the talent loading the roster.
The captain of the Minnesota Wild, is also their best player. Dany Heatley should be giving him a run for his money next season though. Koivu is the leader of the Wild and for good reason.
He put up 62 points in 71 games last season, and was the leader in points in Minnesota. Koivu is a good captain for this Wild team, and with the addition of forwards Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi, the team should rise in the standings.
Carey Price has always been on the hot seat, since coming to Montreal in 2007 for his first year with the team. Price had a comeback year last season with a record of 38-28-6. He tied Roberto Luongo for the league lead in wins and was in the top 10 for Goals against average.
Montreal will need him to keep up this pace if they want to get back to Stanley Cup glory. I can see Price being the man in Montreal for years to come.
The Nashville Predators made it to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in the teams history and a big part of that was because of Pekka Rinne. He was incredible for the Pred's in this past playoffs. I think a major factor of them getting knocked out was inexperience.
Rinne had a record of 33-22-9 last season in Nashville. He was also second in save percentage and third in goals against average. Both of them being behind Tim Thomas.
The Devils had their worst season in over ten years and missed the playoffs for the first time since 1996. Everyone on the team seemed to be missing a step all season long, but Patrik Elias was the most consistent all year long.
Elias put up 62 points and missed only one game last season. There is a reason the highest scoring Devil in New Jersey history continues to put up points every season.
John Tavares had a much better sophomore season than he did rookie season last year. He seemed to have an extra jolt in his stride than the previous year. He put up 67 points in 79 games with the Islanders.
The former first overall pick, was brought in to be the new face of the franchise and to build around him. I think the Islanders are going in the right direction with great, young talent like Michael Grabner and Matt Mouslon to go along with him. Once Mark Streit comes back too they should improve greatly.
Henrik Lundqvist is the ultimate work horse for his team. He always wants to play and he puts his best effort in, for the benefit of the team. His record was 36-27-5 last season and led the league in shutouts with 11.
Lundqvist is a fan favorite in New York and for good reason. They gave him the nick name "king Henrik" so you know the fans are behind him.
Erik Karlsson had a tremendous second season with the Senators and was the only member of Ottawa to be selected to the All-Star game. He is a good sign for the stressed Sens fans, that they will get on the rise soon if they keep drafting talent like Karlsson.
Ottawa should have a rough couple of years in the next few seasons, but they should be getting better if Karlsson can turn into their franchise defenseman.
Giroux started to get some exposure when the Flyers had their unexpected run to the Cup Finals in 2010. Then last season he had his breakout year with Philly, by putting up 76 points in 82 games. One of the more underrated players in the league.
Giroux should be on the rise and be seen a lot more for the production he puts in for the Flyers.
Shane Doan has been with the Phoenix franchise so long it goes back to the old Winnipeg Jets days. Needless to say he has been the face of that franchise since it moved to Phoenix in 1996. Doan is the captain of the Coyotes and has been the heart and soul of that team for some time.
He put up 60 points last season and has averaged about that many his whole career. If Phoenix decides to move after this season it will be his third team with the same franchise.
Fleury put up a 36-20-5 record last season and was a starter at the All-Star game. Fleury will probably be the man in net for Pittsburgh for the rest of his career, but if he starts his inconsistency again, he could be out. All he has do to is repeat last season as much as he can.
Logan Couture had an amazing rookie season with the Sharks and was up for the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year. Couture didn't win, but that doesn't take away anything from his stellar performance.
He put up 32 goals in his rookie season along with 24 assists. He was second behind Michael Grabner for goals by a rookie. Look for his numbers to rise in his second season with San Jose and help them maybe get their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.
Alex Pietrangelo had his first real season with the blues playing in 79 games. In those games he put up 43 points as a defenseman. The Blues don't have the most solid blue line and is the best defenseman on the team in my opinion.
The Blues should try to keep hold of the 21 year old defenseman as long as they can, because he can give them some good years to come.
This was a hard one. It could have been Martin St. Louis, but I had to go with Stamkos. I went with him because, he showed he could step up come playoff time. In only his third season he already has 119 goals.
He had a descent rookie season and then showed what he could do in his second year, breaking out with 51 goals and sharing the goal scoring title with Sidney Crosby. Stamkos is the best young sniper in the game today and don't expect him to slow down anytime soon.
Mikhail Grabovski had a somewhat of a statement year putting up 29 goals and 29 assists. He was always looked at as an overpaid, bad second line center. He helped this team through a lot of injuries with names like Colby Armstrong and Dion Phaneuf.
His numbers could decline next season, but I can see him putting up the same numbers or even more. Time will tell.
Daniel Sedin led the league this past season in points with 104. His brother Henrik, led the season before that with points. Back to back for the Sedin twins. Daniel and Henrik have arguably the best chemistry between any two players in the league and that's mainly why the points flow in.
Look for the Sedins both to put up close to 100 points again next season with the Canucks. Maybe this time win the Cup.
Alex Ovechkin has been known for his goal scoring ability since his rookie season in 2005-2006. This was his first time not netting at least 45 goals in a season. He was more on the play making side of the puck putting up 32 goals and 53 assists.
Ovechkin is one of the greatest goal scorers in the history of the game, with already having 326 goals in six seasons. He will definitely be in the top 10 for scoring in the history of the game.
Dustin Byfuglien caught his breakout season in the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup run in 2010. He was then traded the following season because of their salary cap issues. That didn't slow him down though when he reached the ATL.
He put up 53 points in 81 games. He was also the most exciting and electric player they had. Look for him to keep his progress up in Winnipeg.