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Conn Smythe Watch: Which Round 2 players have MVP cases?

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Thursday, 25 April 2019 07:20

As we clear the rubble from millions of busted brackets, and survey the surprising entrants in the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs, we begin to get a sense of the playoff MVP race and the players currently on track for the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Please keep in mind that goalies have won playoff MVP five times since 2000, while a defenseman has won it once since 2007 and three times since 2000.

Here are some early MVP candidates in the Stanley Cup playoffs:

10. Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets

For the first time in his career, Bob is putting it together in the postseason. He posted a .932 save percentage and a 2.01 goals-against average in the Jackets' sweep over the best offensive team since the 1995-96 season. He didn't steal the series, but he was there when they needed him.

9. Mikko Rantanen, Colorado Avalanche

If the Avs continue on in the postseason, it'll be fascinating to see whether Rantanen or linemate Nathan MacKinnon pull ahead in the Conn Smythe Watch. We'll give the nod right now to Rantanen, who leads in goals (5) and points (11) and scored the winning overtime goal in Game 4 against the Calgary Flames, which was a real knockout blow in the series.

8. Jaccob Slavin, Carolina Hurricanes

There are a lot of surprising things about the Hurricanes in the postseason -- like that whole "eliminating the defending Stanley Cup champions" thing -- but one of them has to be Slavin popping off for nine points in seven games after the defenseman averaged 0.38 points per game in the regular season. He's also averaging 26:59 minutes per game.

7. Matt Duchene, Columbus Blue Jackets

Prior to this postseason, Duchene had last appeared in a postseason game in April 2014. Suffice it to say, he's savoring his return to the playoffs: He has three goals and four assists through four games. That included a point on four of the Jackets' five goals in their stunning Game 2 win at Tampa.

6. Tomas Hertl, San Jose Sharks

The precocious San Jose forward is best known for (sort of) guaranteeing a win in Game 6 with the Sharks down 3-2 in their series, and then scoring the double-overtime goal to send it back home for a Game 7. He's tied for the postseason lead with six goals, with four of them coming in the Sharks' three-game rally to eliminate the Knights.

5. Jaden Schwartz, St. Louis Blues

The Blues forward has only five points in six playoff games, but his Game 5 winning goal and his Game 6 hat trick -- accounting for all the St. Louis goals in their elimination game win over Winnipeg -- put him on the MVP track from a narrative standpoint.

4. Philipp Grubauer, Colorado Avalanche

The Avalanche goalie posted a .939 save percentage and a league-best 1.90 goals-against average in thwarting the Flames, one of the NHL's most potent offensive teams, in five games. He's played the kind of goaltending that elevates his team to a championship level.

3. Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins

Seven playoff games with nary a face lick for the Bruins forward. Marchand had a hand in three of the Bruins' victories against the Maple Leafs. In Game 2, he had a goal and an assist and in Game 4 he tallied one goal and two assists. In their critical Game 6 win, he had two goals and an assist. The Bruins separated their dynamic top line in the first round, but Marchand didn't skip a beat.

2. Robin Lehner, New York Islanders

The comeback story of the season continued in the postseason, as Lehner helped the Islanders sweep Sidney Crosby out of the playoffs for the first time in his career. Lehner posted a .956 save percentage to lead the postseason, turning back 130 of 136 shots.

1. Ben Bishop, Dallas Stars

Bishop outplayed Pekka Rinne in the first round to the tune of a league-leading .945 save percentage, a 1.90 goals-against average and a 6.19 goals saved above replacement. His masterpiece was a 47-save performance in the Stars' overtime win in Game 6. The surprising development was the goal support he received against Nashville. But when they needed him, Bishop was there.

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