Starting in 1940 the best players from each season, I took in all around playoff/regular season play. In other words at the end of the season who would be the best player that year. Example (in 1980 Gretzky and Trottier had a 30 point difference in points, but Trotts had a huge playoff that earned him the Conn Smythe and at the time the highest amount of points in the playof year (29). To me Trotts gets the edge.) 1939-40 - Milt Schmidt 1941 - Milt Schmidt 1942 - Syl Apps 1943 - Doug Bentley 1944 - Elmer Lach/Maurice Richard 1945 - Maurice Richard (Lach wins MVP but I cant not take Rocket this year) 1946 - Elmer Lach 1947 - Maurice Richard 1948 - Elmer Lach 1949 - Bill Durnan 1950 - Ted Lindsay 1951 - Gordie Howe 1952 - Gordie Howe 1953 - Gordie Howe 1954 - Gordie Howe 1955 - Gordie Howe 1956 - Jean Beliveau 1957 - Jean Beliveau 1958 - Dickie Moore 1959 - Jean Beliveau 1960 - Jean Beliveau 1961 - Bernie Geoffrion (50 goals is hard to ignore) 1962 - Bobby Hull 1963 - Gordie Howe 1964 - Bobby Hull 1965 - Stan Mikita 1966 - Bobby Hull 1967 - Bobby Hull 1968 - Stan Mikita 1969 - Phil Esposito 1970 - Bobby Orr 1971 - Bobby Orr 1972 - Bobby Orr 1973 - Bobby Orr 1974 - Bobby Orr 1975 - Bobby Orr 1976 - Guy Lafleur 1977 - Guy Lafleur 1978 - Guy Lafleur 1979 - Guy Lafleur 1980 - Bryan Trottier 1981 - Wayne Gretzky 1982 - Wayne Gretzky 1983 - Wayne Gretzky 1984 - Wayne Gretzky 1985 - Wayne Gretzky 1986 - Wayne Gretzky 1987 - Wayne Gretzky 1988 - Wayne Gretzky 1989 - Mario Lemieux (controversial but IMO this is the first year he was at least equal) 1990 - Mario Lemieux 1991 - Mario Lemieux/Gretzky (regular season its Gretzky with Hull close by but IMO the injured Lemieux during the season really shone come playoff time) 1992 - Mario Lemieux 1993 - Mario Lemieux 1994 - Sergei Fedorov 1995 - Eric Lindros 1996 - Mario Lemieux 1997 - Mario Lemieux 1998 - Dominik Hasek 1999 - Jaromir Jagr 2000 - Jaromir Jagr/Chris Pronger 2001 - Joe Sakic 2002 - Joe Sakic (his season, Olympic MVP push him over Iggy IMO) 2003 - Peter Forsberg 2004 - Martin St. Louis 2006 - Joe Thornton 2007 - Sidney Crosby Gretzky leads my list with 8. Mario has 7. Orr has 6. Howe has 5. Lafleur has 4. Hull and Beliveau have 4 each. Richard and Lach have three each. This list may not be without its faults but we are on this board to debate arent we?