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Conn Smythe is Crosby's to lose

Updated: April 30, 2013, 12:02 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

The Conn Smythe Trophy was first awarded in 1965 to the great Jean Beliveau, the Montreal Canadiens legend an appropriate first name to inscribe on a trophy that represents everything that matters most in hockey: clutch performances in the playoffs and playing your best hockey at the toughest time of the season.

Looking into my crystal ball, I bring you five possible recipients of the award this season.

1. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

What a fitting end it would be to a season ...

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