Among the many NHL awards handed out each year, the Hart Trophy is easily one of the most sought-after — which is synonymous with the NHL MVP. While players may not outright strive for the title all season long, they all play their absolute best and do whatever they can to get their team a win, game after game. Regardless, the league MVP title is given to those guys who continually contribute to wins and bring the most value to their team. Nikita Kucherov took the trophy home last year, and while he's also factored in the Hart Trophy odds this season, who do you think will ultimately be named the NHL MVP for the 2019-20 season?
In addition to Kucherov, other likely candidates for the 2020 Hart Trophy include both league vets and fresh faces in the league. Coming off a Stanley Cup loss last season, could top Bruins player David Pastrnak use that as fuel for an MVP-worthy season? Or will young players like Auston Matthews make their way up the MVP race? Needless to say, there are a lot of talented players in the running for the Hart Trophy in 2020 — and the potential winners could be any of them.
Check out the list of MVP candidates below and cast a vote for the players you think will end up nabbing the 2020 Hart Trophy. If you think other players deserve to make the list as the season progresses, feel free to add them. Vote below, then head over and check out the top 2019-20 Stanley Cup contenders.
Last season's stats: 82 games played, 105 points (50 goals, 55 assists)
Last season's stats: 78 games played, 116 points (41 goals, 75 assists)
Last season's stats: 82 games played, 99 points (41 goals, 58 assists)
Last season's stats: 66 games played, 81 points (38 goals, 43 assists)
Last season's stats: 81 games played, 89 points (51 goals, 38 assists)
Last season's stats: 82 games played, 128 points (41 goals, 87 assists)
Last season's stats: 68 games played, 73 points (37 goals, 36 assists)
Last season's stats: 82 games played, 83 points (30 goals, 53 assists)
Sebastian Antero Aho (born 26 July 1997) is a Finnish professional ice hockey player and currently plays for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). Aho formerly played with Oulun Kärpät in the Finnish Liiga.
Last season's stats: 82 games played, 96 points (35 goals, 61 assists)
Last season's stats: 79 games played, 87 points (28 goals, 59 assists)
Last season's stats: 77 games played, 82 points (28 goals, 54 assists)
Last season's stats: 46 games played, .912 save percentage, 2.48 goals against average
Last season's stats: 65 games played, 56 points (16 goals, 40 assists)
Last season's stats: 81 games played, 110 points (44 goals, 66 assists)
Last season's stats: 82 games played, 56 points (15 goals, 41 assists)
Last season's stats: 82 games played, 37 points (20 goals, 17 assists)
Andrei Igorevich Svechnikov (born 26 March 2000) is a Russian professional ice hockey winger currently playing for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was projected as a top pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, where he was drafted second overall by the Hurricanes.
Last season's stats: 71 games played, 66 points (28 goals, 38 assists)
Elias Fredrik Pettersson (born 12 November 1998) is a Swedish professional ice hockey player for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Pettersson was selected fifth overall by the Canucks in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. He was born in Sundsvall, Sweden, but grew up in Ånge, Sweden.
Last season's stats: 2019-20 rookie
Cale Douglas Makar (born October 30, 1998) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected in the first round, fourth overall, by the Avalanche in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Last season's stats: 82 games played, 92 points (30 goals, 62 assists)
Last season's stats: 43 games played, .927 save percentage, 2.28 goals against average
Last season's stats: 70 games played, 54 points (12 goals, 42 assists)
Last season's stats: 82 games played, 31 points (8 goals, 23 assists)
Jaccob Scott Slavin (born May 1, 1994) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman and an alternate captain of the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). Slavin was selected by the Hurricanes in the fourth round, 120th overall, of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Last season's stats: 60 games played, .917 save percentage, 2.77 goals against average
Last season's stats: 46 games played, .934 save percentage, 1.98 goals against average
Last season's stats: 55 games played, .925 save percentage, 2.33 goals against average