Conn Smythe Watch heading into the Stanley Cup Final

The 2021 Stanley Cup Final has arrived, and there are only a handful of candidates with a shot at the Conn Smythe Trophy for playoff MVP -- including one who could still win even if his team loses.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association vote to elect the playoff MVP at the end of the Stanley Cup Final. Since 2000, there have been five goalies, seven centers, three wingers and five defensemen to win the award, including Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman, who won it last season.

Here's a look at the field as we enter the last round of competition between the Lightning and the Montreal Canadiens. Odds are via Caesars Sportsbook.