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NHL 2009 Hart Trophy Nominees

NHL.com announced the 2009 Hart Trophy nominees for most outstanding player.  They are:

Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings
Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

This will be difficult to pick a winner in this group. All three have made major contributions to their teams this year.   Alexander Ovechkin won it last year and is looking to repeat.  Per the NHL story, it seems the Evgeni Malkin has had a consistent regular season year despites Pittsburgh struggles during the year.  Pavel Datsyuk has the skills on offensive and defensive to be deemed most valuable to his team.  Convententual wisdom says Ovechkin, and would agree with it based upon all the press he receives.  But reading the players recap, I think that Malkin will take it this year.

Remember that 2009 NHL Awards will be broadcast live from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel Las Vegas on June 18 on VERSUS in the United States and CBC in Canada. Tickets to the 2009 NHL Awards are on sale at ticketmaster.com/nhlawards and at the Pearl Concert Theater Box Office.

Here is the NHL award nominee schedule and updated links:

WED, APRIL 22: Calder Trophy (top rookie)
THU, APRIL 23: Norris Trophy (top defenseman)
FRI, APRIL 24: Lady Byng Trophy (sportsmanship)
MON, APRIL 27: Vezina Trophy (top goaltender)
TUE, APRIL 28: Selke Trophy (top defensive forward)
WED, APRIL 29: Hart Memorial Trophy (MVP)
THU, APRIL 30: Masterton Trophy (perseverance)
FRI, MAY 1: Adams Award (Coach of the Year)
MON, MAY 4: NHL Foundation Award (contributions)

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