Stanley Cup 2010: Is Jonathan Toews Still the Conn Smythe Trophy Favorite?

June 1st, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
Despite his overall stellar performance throughout the 2008-09 playoffs, Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby took a lot of heat last summer for his lack of results in last year's Stanley Cup Finals against the Detroit Red Wings.

Given his lack of point production against Detroit in the finals—scoring just one goal in seven games, finishing with just three points in the series—Crosby was passed over for the Conn Smythe Trophy in favor of teammate Evgeni Malkin. This, Despite Crosby leading all NHL players with 15 goals and finishing second overall in points with 31.

Malkin, who finished with 14 goals (second overall) and 36 points (first overall) in last years playoffs, took home the  coveted Conn Smythe trophy because of his superior performance in the Cup Final—there was a lot of weight attached to the Finals, many believe the defining factor was Malkin’s superior play in the Stanley Cup Final.

Throughout the 2009-10 playoffs, Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews has been the odds-on favorite to take home the Conn Smythe Trophy as the player deemed most important to his team's success. Toews leads all NHL play ...

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