Is Chris Pronger Conn Smythe Worthy? Absolutely!

May 25th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
It’s always very tough predicting the Conn Smythe Trophy winner before the Stanley Cup Finals are over, yet here I am, about to type out a very bold prediction.

That’s right folks, Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger is going to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player to his team in the playoffs...and here’s why...

First off, without question, given their terrific efforts throughout the playoffs there is/are more than one player worthy of the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews seems to be the odds-on favorite with Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith and Hawks goaltender Antti Niemi getting serious consideration as well.

On the Flyers side, a case could be made for Captain Mike Richards (who has been tremendous), and, before he got injured, goaltender Brian Boucher was a serious candidate.

As much as I have admired the hard work, leadership, grit and scoring prowess of the Blackhawks Jonathan Toews and the Flyers Mike Richards, I still feel Pronger is more worthy of the award.

Heading into the playoffs there was no other NHL team with bigger questio ...

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