If the first week of the season is any indication, Alex Ovechkin took some serious umbrage to Henrik Sedin interrupting his run of consecutive Hart Trophies at two. Not only is Ovechkin leading the league in scoring, he potted the winner in two of the Capitals’ three victories this season, including one in OT. Sedin, on the other hand, is making a spirited run to keep the Hart in the family, but this time it’s Daniel who is the more productive half of the twin threat. With three goals and five points in just three games, Daniel has been one of the bright spots in a surprisingly feeble Canucks offense. We’re early in the year — very early in the year — so there’s a lot up in the air still, but we can start the runners towards the Hart based on their pre-season projection and what they’ve done so far. — Ken Campbell, The Hockey News
Steve Sullivan, Nashville Predators
The veteran is back to good health and on a Nashville team that always struggles to produce offense, Sullivan has been a big reason why the Predators got out of the gate undefeated in three games.
Sergei Bobrovsky, Philadelphia Flyers
Don’t laugh. This guy might just be the answer to the Flyers age-old goaltending problems. He’s off to a 2-0 start with a .931 SP and 2.00 GAA.
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
He certainly hasn’t put in an MVP performance so far, but he’s there every year and we have no doubt he’ll get his game together, and so will his team.
Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
With four assists, he is almost always at the other end of his twin brother’s goals. But Henrik won the Hart last season because he also showed he could score goals. It is strange, however, to see both Sedins as minus players in the early going.
Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
As we mentioned, the Canucks have not exactly exploded out of the gate looking like a Stanley Cup contender, but Sedin has provided some timely scoring for them.
Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks
Hossa has always been one of the best two-way players in the league, but early on he has been providing a big spark of offense. If he can keep up the production, his all-round play will keep him in contention for the Hart all season.
Brad Richards, Dallas Stars
The Stars have shocked the hockey world by getting off to a 3-0-0 start, thanks in large part to Richards. After a couple of years of floundering, Richards is busting his way back into star status.
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
Stamkos shared the Rocket Richard Trophy last season with Crosby, but looks intent on keeping it for himself this time around. And the way Stamkos has scored so far this season is proving he has a lot more than just a big shot.
Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes
The Hurricanes are giving up an average of 36.7 shots a game and have won two of three, in large part because Ward has bailed them out. No shortage of spectacular saves, either.
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
The big guy almost always plays like a man possessed, but Ovechkin seems to be taking Washington’s playoff failures personally now. Not good news for the rest of the league.