Pittsburgh Penguins Candidates for the Conn Smythe

Jun 12, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) skates with the Conn Smythe Trophy after defeating the San Jose Sharks in game six of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 12, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) skates with the Conn Smythe Trophy after defeating the San Jose Sharks in game six of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 31, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) skates with the puck and scores a goal against the Nashville Predators during the third period in game two of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
May 31, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) skates with the puck and scores a goal against the Nashville Predators during the third period in game two of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

Evgeni Malkin

Evgeni Malkin leads the league in playoff points at 26, with 9 goals and 17 assists.  He is a +10 and doesn’t seem like he is slowing down anytime soon.  He also leads the league in points per game at 1.24 and is tied with Phil Kessel with a league leading 11 powerplay points.

There is no doubt that Geno is leading the pack right now for the Conn Smythe.  He is a little off of his 2009 Conn Smythe playoffs where he racked up 36 points in 24 games, with 14 goals and 22 assists.  He also shot the puck a ton more in those playoffs.

Regardless, Malkin is a big reason why the Penguins are two wins away from their fifth Stanley Cup.  As long as he keeps up his points and the Pens win the series, he probably will be adding another piece of hardware to his collection.