Like many fans, I was expecting a tight race between Sidney Crosby and Henrik Sedin for the Hart. Being a pens fan, I would have wanted to see Crosby win even though I believe that both he and Henrik completely deserved the win. In fact, I fully believed that Sedin would win and I was not wrong. But when I devotedly checked NHL.com to see how close Sid had come to taking away his second Hart Trophy, I was shocked. It had not been a tight race between Sedin and Crosby, but between Sedin and Ovechkin.
Now I've never liked Ovechkin much to be honest, but that has nothing to do with the fact that he was by far the least deserving of the three candidates. How can a player who got suspended twice in a season (which, by the way had little impact on the success of his team in that time period) be more valuable to his team then a player who scored twenty percent of the goals for his team and only missed one game? Crosby had the same offensive numbers as Ovechkin, but with one more goal, and he did it with a supporting cast with much less skill. Malkin on a good day can lead the team as well as Sid, but the season that he had probably would not have even led them into the playoffs without Crosby. Crosby was the only one on his team to reach the 100 point mark, and was the only player to have more than thirty goals. Ovechkin, on the other hand had Backstrom finishing with over 100 points, and he only scored 34% of the team's points.
It seems to me that the way the voters cast there ballot was based on the success of the player's team. The major reason Ovechkin was nominated was because his team finished first in the league, and he is the most recognized player on that team. I don't know why the voters think that that automatically makes him more valuable to his team than Crosby was to his. In fact the numbers show the opposite.
This having been said, the award doesn't go to the runner up, and I would like to congratulate Henrik Sedin on a great season. If it couldn't go to Sid, Henrik would definitaley be my pick. However, I do believe that the voters did make a mistake by putting Ovie in second.