[tps_header]Hart Trophy (MVP): Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins[/tps_header]
Frankly, it would be a crime to give this award to anyone besides Sidney Crosby after the outstanding regular season he had. Crosby reached the 100-point milestone for the fifth time in his career, leading the league with 104. To put that into perspective, he finished with 17 more points than the next player on the list, Ryan Getzlaf, the largest such margin since the 1998-99 season. He also led all NHL forwards and set a career-high by logging 21:58 of ice time per game.
But as impressive as all his overall stats are, his real value came courtesy of his consistent play night in and night out. Crosby kept the Penguins from faltering despite a myriad of injuries, including lengthy absences by Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, and Pascal Dupuis. For those reasons and more, you can confidently expect Crosby to bring home the second Hart Trophy of his career.