Which Avalanche player should win the Conn Smythe Trophy for playoff MVP? – The Denver Post

Ryan O’Halloran, Sports Reporter: The NHL awards the Conn Smythe to the overall playoff MVP, not just the finals, so all the work needs to be considered. My pick is Avs Center Nathan MacKinnon. Coming into Friday’s Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals, he leads the Avalanche in goals (12), in the Ice Age among forwards (21:18), was great on the power play (six goals), and played a disciplined game (eight penalties). Protocol). His value is evident even when he doesn’t score – once those afterburners are on, he creates time and space for his teammates.

Mark Kiszla, sports columnist: Well, the NHL won’t let me vote for Conn Smythe. And that’s probably better for everyone involved, because my brain says the winner should be Cale Makar, whose rise to the stratosphere from Bobby Orr changed everything for a team long frustrated with early playoff exits. But my heart tells me the true emotional pivot of this cup run was Nazem Kadri. His hat-trick against St. Louis in response to racial and physical threats was the turning point of the postseason, while his goal in overtime against Tampa Bay set the exclamation point for the new champion’s arrival.

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