With only the Stanley Cup Final remaining, the race for the Conn Smythe Trophy is wide open.
At least that is what a poll of nine NHL.com writers taken after the end of the conference finals shows. Brian Compton, John Kreiser, Mike G. Morreale, Arpon Basu, Dan Rosen, Corey Masisak, Adam Kimelman, Tal Pinchevsky and Shawn P. Roarke all selected their three favorites to win the award. First-place votes were worth three points each, second place two points and third place one.
Amazingly, not a single player was named on all nine ballots.
Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask came closest -- named on seven ballots -- to lead the voting with 14 points. Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford also was named on seven ballots, but garnered 10 points to finish in a third-place tie.
The goalies will go head-to-head in the Stanley Cup Final, which begins Wednesday with Game 1 (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS) at United Center.