Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012: Breaking Down Top Candidates for Conn Smythe Trophy

May 22nd, 2012 by Mike Chiari Leave a reply »
With the Stanley Cup Finals on the horizon, there is no question that several players have separated themselves from the field in terms of being the top performers of the NHL playoffs. The Los Angeles Kings, Phoenix Coyotes, New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils are the only teams remaining, and all of them have at least one player who has been dominant.

The Conn Smythe Trophy is presented to the playoffs' most valuable player at the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Finals, and it usually is given to the best player on the winning team. There are probably at least six or seven strong candidates, but a lot of it depends upon which teams are able to make it to the final round.

Here is a breakdown of the top-three candidates for the Conn Smythe Trophy at the moment and an analysis of their likelihood of taking home the honor.


1. Jonathan Quick, G, Los Angeles Kings

As the leader in nearly every goaltending category this postseason, it should come as no surprise that Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick leads the field in the race for the Conn Smythe Trophy. Quick developed into one of the best netminders in the ...

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