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Top 8 NHL contenders for 2024 Conn Smythe Trophy

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Only four teams are left in the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs, each with unique paths to their respective Conference Final appearances. Whether it’s outstanding goaltending, overtime heroes, or role players chipping in for hits and timely goals, this NHL postseason has produced many exciting moments already.

The New York Rangers and Florida Panthers are battling in the Eastern Conference Final. The Dallas Stars and Edmonton Oilers are facing off in the Western Conference Final.

The winners will play in the 2024 Stanley Cup Final.

So, there’s still plenty of hockey to be played. But to this point, here are the leading contenders — two from ach remaining team — for the Conn Smythe Trophy as NHL playoff MVP.

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Carter Verhaeghe (Florida Panthers)

Feb 6, 2024; Sunrise, Florida, USA; Florida Panthers center Carter Verhaeghe (23) moves the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers during the third period at Amerant Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Matthew Tkachuk (Florida Panthers)

Apr 1, 2024; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Florida Panthers forward Matthew Tkachuk (19) waits for a faceoff against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the third period at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Jake Oettinger (Dallas Stars)

Mar 30, 2024; Seattle, Washington, USA; Dallas Stars goaltender Jake Oettinger (29) blocks a goal shot against the Seattle Kraken during the second period at Climate Pledge Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Miro Heiskanen (Dallas Stars)

Dec 31, 2023; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen (4) skates against the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Kreider (New York Rangers)

Mar 2, 2024; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider (20) shoots the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second period at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Igor Shesterkin (New York Rangers)

Nov 2, 2023; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) makes a save on a shot on goal attempt in the third period against the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers)

Feb 23, 2024; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid (97) carries the puck around Minnesota Wild defensemen Declan Chisholm (47) during the first period at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton Oilers)

Dec 31, 2023; Anaheim, California, USA; Edmonton Oilers center Leon Draisaitl (29) moves the puck against the Anaheim Ducks during the third period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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