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Breaking down the top contenders for the Conn Smythe Trophy

What the 2020 Stanley Cup Final will not lack is a collection of legitimate candidates for the Conn Smythe Trophy.

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars have both rode several standout performances through three rounds, and to the first-ever NHL championship series contested inside a bubble — even with both down a legitimate star player for if not all, but most of these playoffs.

Here’s a look at the players who will warrant consideration from the voters after the Stanley Cup is awarded in the coming days.


Victor Hedman has been a horse on the back end for the Lightning.