I don't pay a lot of attention to end of season awards, in any league, no matter how much attention I might be paying to the games in that league. But I'm a little amused by a couple things I'm seeing on Twitter.
Somehow, OV managed to finish tied for 23rd in Hart Trophy voting (one fifth-place vote). That's pretty absurd. I figured that was the lowest for a 50-goal scorer by a country mile, but I was wrong about that.
I only went back to 1980, but the only one close was Bondra, who managed to be 22nd in voting in 1995. But he was one of eight 50-goal scorers that year.
Well, until I looked at scoring leaders each year. Back to 1995, that was right, but every year before that there was at least one 50-goal scorer who didn't even rate a Hart vote. I suspect that has to do with a combination of there being fewer guys voted on (currently there are five-man ballots), and certainly with there being a lot more 50-goal scorers back then.
The lowest finish I can find previously for the only 50-goal scorer (Perry: 2010, OV: 2008, Iginla: 2001, Bure: 1999) in the league is Bure's third-place finish. The other three each won.
To be clear, though, I'm not saying OV should have won. I agree that Crosby deserved to win. I'm not even sure where I would have put OV if I were to make a list. But I find it ridiculous that there was only one writer who thought OV was in the top five (and him (all the voters are men, right?), barely).