Eric Staal and the 10 Truly Most Valuable NHL Forwards to Their Teams

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Eric Staal and the 10 Truly Most Valuable NHL Forwards to Their Teams
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Today, the emphasis on numbers and statistics has become so prevalent that even trophies have lost their true meanings.

The Hart Trophy is supposed to be awarded to the NHL player who is most valuable to his team.

But two years ago, it was given to a player who not only has a clone on his team who can put up similar point numbers, but also to a player on a team who was among the most talented even without him.

Not to take anything away from Henrik Sedin, as he had an outstanding season, but a huge part of the reason why he won this award was because he finished first in scoring.

On this list, you will not find players who are not necessarily in the top 10 on the scoring list, but rather forwards whom their respective teams would suffer a significant setback without them.

For this reason, you will not see Alex Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby on this list. Despite being franchise icons and perennial superstars, both of their clubs have shown they can still produce top-notch offense even with their absence.

For the very same reason, you will not see any Detroit Red Wings on this list because of the fact that they have a number of all-around superstar forwards whose absences can be replaced by one another. 

Each forward on this list brings some sort of intangible or superior aspect to their teams' respective situations, and there would be a major void to fill in their absence.

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