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First-quarter review: Awards picks

Updated: November 30, 2011, 1:22 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

With the San Jose Sharks being the last NHL team to play its 21st game of the season, every club has now reached or passed the first-quarter pole of the season. Here are our awards front-runners at this point:

Hart Trophy

1. Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers: Challenging for the NHL scoring lead, the dynamic center isn't just about offense. His 200-foot game has come a long way, and coach Peter Laviolette trusts him in all situations. Giroux averages 2:44 minutes of short-handed ice ...

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