Boston Bruins: Patrice Bergeron has MVP written all over him

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 21: Patrice Bergeron
BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 21: Patrice Bergeron /

Patrice Bergeron is having quite the season for the Boston Bruins.  His high-level of play is MVP worthy.

First off, let’s start this off with the obvious. No one could have predicted the success the Boston Bruins are having right now. They are only one point behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for first place in the Eastern Conference.

Everything is clicking for this team and they are firing on all cylinders.

One player who has been huge and deserves the Hart trophy is none other than Patrice Bergeron.

The stats speak for themselves

We know Bergeron will have his number retired and this career with the Boston Bruins will be that of a legend. You can read a piece here about why it will be retired, but let’s look at why he should win the Hart.

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This year, Bergeron is tied for ninth place in the league with goals scored (27) which ties with names like Auston Matthews from the Maple Leafs and Patrik Laine from the Winnipeg Jets (according to hockey reference).

He’s also tied for 10th place with power play goals (9) along with John Tavares from the Islanders and Tyler Seguin from the Stars just to name a few (again from hockey reference).

Patrice Bergeron is also top ten for short handed goals (2), Hat Tricks (2) and goals per game (.52)

What does this all mean?

That was a lot of numbers, so let’s break this down. Bergeron is in the top 10 for goals scored, power play goals, short handed goals, total hat tricks and goals per game. That’s five categories where is within the top 10 and he is easily the best two-way forward in the league (and you can read that here).

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He almost always wins the Selke (four-time winner, to be exact), but bigger things are in store for him.

Given the numbers he is putting up, there is no question as to why Bergeron should be considered for the Hart Trophy.