Why Bobrovsky has should have your Heart
By Dad Powers
Sergei Bobrovsky is my Hart Memorial Award Winner for the 2016-17 NHL season.
Not many tenders have taken home the Hart Trophy for the League’s MVP. As a matter of fact, Scary Carey Price (’15) Jose Theodore (’02) and the “Dominator” Domik Hasek, a two-time winner in back to back seasons (’97-’98) have won the leagues Most Valuable player since Jacques Plante took home the hardware in 1962.
They should just change the award to the Wayne Gretzky. Lets be honest, who the hell really knows who Dr. David Hart was. Gretzky has won the award nine times including eight consecutive years, but that’s a discussion for a different day.
The NHL has changed in recent years, goalies are bigger, faster and more athletic than its equally whack-job brotherhood. Instead of comparing Bobs season from the helmetless nut-job tenders of the early 60’s, Lets compare his stellar season to Scary Carey.
In 2015, Price had a remarkable year, and deserving of the Hart Trophy. Insane Save Percentage (.933) Goals Against (1.96) and a pleather of Wins (44). As Remarkable as a season it was, there’s other factors. Historically a player’s award, Price had to have such a crazy year just to be considered. Typically a 50-goal scorer or 100 point season from a Forward would have locked the award up. However, in the 2014-2015 season, the leading scorer had 87 points from Jamie Benn.. who finished with a four-point 82nd game, and 10 points in his last three games. That passed John Tavares and Sidney Crosby who entered game 82 tied for 83 points. Just to point out, Jamie Benn the league leader in points and his Dallas Stars did not make the playoffs that year. Lets be honest, how the hell can you be an MVP and not get into the post-season.
This year, like the 2014-15 season, it appears we will not be having a player hit the century mark in points or the coveted 50-goal plateau. It appears, Connor McDavid the current league leader in points, Sidney Crosby league leader in goals will be the biggest competition for Bob and his chances for the award. It’s possible Brad Marchand would get consideration from the voters, but that debate on what the MVP actually means… is another blog in itself. Maybe I will be pissed off enough to write about that when Bobs doesn’t win…
Below is a comparison from Carey Price’s Hart Winning season and Bobs current 2016-17 season at 75 games through the current campaign, with seven games remaining.
Carey Price 2014-15
44-16-6 .933% 1.96 GAA 9 SO
Sergei Bobrovsky 2016-17 (through 75 games)
41-13-5 .935% 1.97 GAA 7 SO
Last year, Patrick Kane the leagues first ever U.S born Hart winner was as easy as it comes hitting 106 points, 17 points better than Jamie Benn, who oddly enough had two more points than his previous season, in which he was the aforementioned winner.
Bob is the league leader in Wins, with 41, and it’s not even close in GAA, SV%.
He has taken this team from allowing 248 goals a season ago, that was second worst in the league.. all the way to 170 goals against, which is second best in the league.
Columbus a season ago finished the season as the fourth worst team. NOW tied for second best in the NHL with Chicago. 78 pts to 105 pts with seven games left. That’s plus 27 thus far.
The Blue Jackets have only scored ten more goals than the previous campaign. Their goal differential has gone from -35 to a +63. Doing my University of North Dakota math, that’s winter versus that one day in summer.