By popular demand, Puck Daddy takes its Conn Smythe Watch from the evening Three Stars to every morning of the postseason. Keep in mind that we factor in the probability of a long playoff run into these choices. Who are the current favorites for playoff MVP? Glad you asked.
Lundqvist enters the Stanley Cup Final with a .926 save percentage, best in the playoffs. Pretty much New York’s best chance to win the Cup.
Kopitar still leads the playoffs with 24 points in 21 games, adding an assist in Game 7. He’s also a plus-9.
3. Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
Doughty had a frustrating Game 7, with a minus-2, but the best defenseman left in the playoffs still figures to be the darling of the Conn Smythe vote.
4. Martin St. Louis, New York Rangers
St. Louis has 13 points in 20 games but has two game-winning goals, including that critical Game 4 OT winner.
5. Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles Kings
Gaborik has 12 goals in 21 games, leading all players and remaining the only one in the playoffs to hit double digits in goals.
6. Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings
Carter’s just-high-enough stick goal in Game 7 sparked the Kings’ first rally. He has nine goals and 13 assists, second in goals and points in the postseason.
7. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
Again, not the greatest effort in Game 7, but came up large when they needed him, like that pad save right at the end of regulation. His save percentage remains a disappointing .906.
8. Derek Stepan, New York Rangers
Darkhorse candidate for the Rangers with 13 points in 19 games.
9. Justin Williams, Los Angeles Kings
Mr. Game 7 became the NHL’s all-time leading scorer in the seventh games of series with his goal and assist to eliminate the Blackhawks.
10. Brad Richards, New York Rangers
The former Conn man has 11 points in 20 games.