I feel like Zetterberg could never win the Hart, because we also have Datsyuk, and vice-versa.
This. Same reason why Lidstrom was never considered, and neither Pavel or Hank were considered in some of their most outstanding seasons. Granted even in 2007-2008, Pav and Z were only as high as 4th and 6th in scoring at the end of the year, though both Selke finalists with Datsyuk winning. But who cares about defense, right Ovi?
(On a side note: its easy to forget how dominant Iginla was during that period. 3rd in points wit 50 goals in '07-'08 following 94pts in 70 games the previous season)
You're probably right, but look at other Hart winners:
Perry has Getzlaf
Malkin and Crosby have eachother along with a few other players
Henrik Sedin has his brother and Kesler.
I feel like all of those guys could be missing from their team and those teams would be just fine, not the same, but fine. If we lost Z I wouldn't like to watch Pav trying carry this team basically by himself. Just like if the Caps lose Ovie and the Lightning after losing Stamkos.
Great point, actually. So who knows. All comes down to where they stand at the end of the season. Z has been in this position before, leading the league after the first stretch. Its hard to maintain, especially when you have to kill penalties and play with inconsistent (read: unreliable) linemates.