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John Vogl's Stick Taps: M-V-P, M-V-P. Five candidates for the Hart Trophy

1. Connor McDavid, Edmonton

The center really is the "generational player" he was supposed to be. At just 20 years old, he claimed the MVP trophy with a 100-point season. The Oilers quickly locked him up for eight years and $100 million, and he could continually cash in at the NHL Awards.

2. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh

The center led the NHL with 44 goals while leading the Penguins to another Stanley Cup. The Kid is 30 years old now, but he's shown few signs of slowing down.

3. Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay

He scored 29 goals in 2014-15. He scored 30 the following year. The winger hit the big 40 last season. More eyes will be on him, which means more votes if he keeps climbing.

4. Jack Eichel, Buffalo

Bovada, a gambling website, said this week that 38 percent of the bets for MVP have gone to McDavid. Who was in second place? Yup, it was the Sabres' star at 8 percent.

5. Auston Matthews, Toronto

The rookie had the Centre of the Hockey Universe buzzing with a 40-goal season. If he adds a few more assists (he had 29), Matthews could become the second straight 20-year-old to be MVP.

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