Welcome to the first edition of our Conn Smythe Watch. This one is a just a glimpse at the current picture. Keep in mind that we factor in the probability of a long playoff run into these choices. Last list's ranking is next to each name. Who are the current favorites for playoff MVP? Glad you asked.
1. Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks (6)
Three points in Game 6 in 28:35 of ice time, pushing him to 16 points in 16 games as the playoffs’ top scoring D-man. Just playing on another level right now, and could be the third different Hawk to win playoff MVP since 2010. His 31:49 TOI leads the playoffs, and the narrative of "Duncan Keith carries thin Chicago defense" is well established.
2. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers (5)
Lundqvist was great when he needed to be in Game 6 and has a 2.11 GAA with a .928 save percentage. We all know what he can do in Game 7.
3. Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning (1)
Johnson still leads the postseason in goals with 12 and points in 20. Coming up big inRead More »from Conn Smythe Watch: Duncan Keith is still skating somewhere right now