17 April, 2014

ESPN's Scott Burnside Harts Alex Ovechkin

Echoing fellow ESPN writer John Buccigross‘ opinion from last week, Scott Burnside comes down firmly on the side of Ovie for MVP:

The debate over whether Alexander Ovechkin should be awarded the Hart Trophy as the league’s most valuable player has been long and increasingly ponderous.
Every night, Ovechkin continues to distance himself from his competition. Even if his Washington Capitals don’t qualify for the playoffs (if they fall short, it will be by a point or two), Ovechkin is the game’s best player and most important to his team — by a long shot. Ovechkin has kept the Caps within three points of the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference, he has a five-point gap over countryman Evgeni Malkin in the scoring race and is ahead of countryman Ilya Kovalchuk in the goal-scoring department by a country mile.
Case closed.

Read Burnside’s full article here.


  1. Mark Tucker wrote:

    It seems to me that there is more and more hedging (in Ovy’s direction) as the season winds down. There is a definite “group-think” dynamic in the voting, and no one wants to look stupid; in either direction. My prediction is that the Caps will tie someone in points at the end, but unfortunately miss because of tie-breaker issues. That point total tie, should allow most on the fence to fall on Ovy’s side. Look for some serious bling coming to DC in June!

    31 March, 2008 at 3:27 pm | Permalink
  2. hotdog88gt wrote:

    Never thought of it that way. AO is indeed by far the most valuable player to his team. No other team has such a player.

    31 March, 2008 at 9:25 pm | Permalink