Ramblings: Hart Trophy narratives; All-Star selections; Ellis; Yandle; Dallas Stars offence – June 10

Michael Clifford

2020-06-10

Yesterday on Twitter, I asked a simple poll question: of the four players named, which would you not have as a top-3 for the Hart finalist? The names listed were Leon Draisaitl, Artemi Panarin, Connor Hellebuyck, and Nathan MacKinnon. There were two purposes to my question: determine whether Hellebuyck has any support (he does not), and which of the front-runners is the biggest front-runner. (My theory here being that whichever player got identified least often as the one left out is the one most in the forefront of fans' minds for the Hart, meaning more support.)

The three skaters finished somewhat close together so I don't think I gleaned what I wanted to in that regard. I do find it fascinating that Hellebuyck has almost no support, and lends credence to a theory I floated on Steve Laidlaw's podcast: the general consensus among hockey fans is that Winnipeg is still a good team, or close to the team that went to the Conference Final a couple years ago. That is not the case whatsoever, as they were among the worst defensive teams in the league.

(Steve's podcast can be listened to here.)

Regardless, narratives drive a lot of the momentum here and it does seem like it'll be a close race.

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When doing that Twitter poll, I had a couple people reply or message me saying that they don't think a goalie should win the Hart Trophy. That, effectively, the Vezina is a good proxy for them and that the position is too random to have them among the skaters.<