Found October 14, 2011 on Kukla's Korner:
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I liked to track the leaders for the NHL awards as the season progresses.  It is interesting to see the progression of award leaders as the season progresses.  At what point does the eventual winner become the front runner?  At what point do the surprise players who were not expected to be in the race fade away?  In order to do this I must pick award leaders as soon as they become clear.  With that in mind today I am picking the first Hart Trophy leader for 2011/12.  He is Kari Lehtonen of the Dallas Stars.  Lehtonen has been the best player in the league so far this season.  He leads the NHL with a .966 saves percentage and is second with a 1.30 GAA.  This is despite the fact he has more saves than any other goalie in the league and he has three games played while a few other goalies have four.  Continue reading "Early Season MVP"
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