Conn Smythe Trophy Recipient Still Up in the Air

June 3rd, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
Has there ever been a more confusing playoff than this year's edition when it comes to picking a Conn Smythe Trophy favorite?

The Conn Smythe Trophy is awarded each postseason to the player deemed most valuable to his team during the playoffs. Let’s face it folks, given the solid play from both the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers players, the battle for the Conn Smythe is far from over, in fact, it may be just beginning.

When the Stanley Cup Finals commenced there were really only two clear-cut favorites to win the Conn Smythe—Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger and Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews.

Through three games, a number of other candidates have crept into the Conn Smythe picture, including Flyers forward Danny Briere, Hawks goaltender Antti Niemi, and Hawks defenseman Duncan Keith.

If I were choosing the Conn Smythe winner today I would probably vote for Blackhawks goaltender Antti Niemi—who all but stood on his head in the third period of Games Two and Three (Flyers outshot the Hawks 15-4 in the third period of both games) and has accumulated an impressive record of 14-5, with a 2.48 goals ...

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