Before the 2010-11 season began, very few people outside Anaheim would have picked Corey Perry to be the most valuable player on his own roster, much less in the entire National Hockey League. Yet, in late June in Las Vegas, he walked off stage with the Hart Trophy in hand.
As we get ready for the dawn of a new season, there are certainly some obvious picks for the Hart this year. Names like Sedin, Ovechkin, Stamkos, Toews and Perry will continue to float around hockey circles all year—and rightfully so.
But there is always a player or two who doesn't come into a season with a lot of hype, surprising everyone except his fans.
Here are 10 players who might quietly follow in Perry's footsteps.