Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens cleaned up at the 2015 NHL Awards and deservingly so. Price took home the Hart Trophy, Ted Lindsay Award, Vezina Trophy, and Jennings Trophy.
The other two finalists were John Tavares and Alexander Ovechkin, both had great years.
Missing from the finalists was Sidney Crosby and his league leading 1.09 points per game. This is the first time since 2005-06 the league leader in points per game did not make it as a finalist.
Here is how every league leader in points per game has fared in the Hart Trophy voting.
Crosby is the only player to lead the league in points and not make it as a finalist. No other player finished lower than second.
Points aren't everything. Possession stats for 2014-15.
Sidney Crosby's past brilliance has set an incredibly high bar and as a result it is perceived that he had an "off year" in 2014-15. A case of the mumps was the only thing between him and his third Art Ross Trophy.
Even though Sidney Crosby's numbers are still better than his peers people expected more and as a result he was an afterthought during award season. A victim of his own previous success.
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