MacKinnon, Matthews, McDavid named Hart Trophy finalists

Nathan MacKinnon, Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid had been named finalists for the Hart Trophy on Thursday.

The award is given annually to the NHL participant voted to be most treasured to his team by the Professional Hockey Writers Affiliation. The winner will likely be announced as allotment of the 2021 NHL Awards offered by Bridgestone all by means of the Stanley Cup Semifinals or Stanley Cup Closing.

MacKinnon carried out eighth within the NHL with 65 aspects (20 dreams, 45 assists) and changed into once plus-22 in 48 games. Among skaters to play no lower than 10 games, the Colorado Avalanche heart changed into once fourth with a aspects-per-game average of 1.35, third in energy-play aspects (25) and photos on method (206) with an average ice time per game of 20: 22. MacKinnon scored 26 aspects (nine dreams, 17 assists) all by means of a 15-game point sprint from March 27-April 28, the longest within the NHL this season. He changed into once 2nd on the Avalanche in scoring, one point within the abet of Mikko Rantanen, after main them each of the outdated four seasons.

MacKinnon helped the Avalanche (39-13-4) employ the Presidents’ Trophy with the finest portray within the NHL and qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the fourth straight season. A Hart finalist for the 2nd straight season and third time in four seasons, MacKinnon changed into once the runner-up to Leon Draisaitl of the Edmonton Oilers final season and Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils in 2017-18. He could per chance be the third Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques participant to employ the award and first since Peter Forsberg in 2003. Joe Sakic won it in 2001.

Matthews led the NHL with 41 dreams in 52 games to become the indispensable Toronto Maple Leafs participant to enact so in 75 years (Gaye Stewart, 37 dreams, 1945-46) and the indispensable United States-born participant in 24 years (Keith Tkachuk, 52, 1996-97). The center, a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award as most excellent participant within the NHL as voted by individuals of the NHL Gamers’ Affiliation, led the NHL in game-successful dreams (12) and photos on method (222), changed into once 2nd with 53 even-energy aspects (31 dreams, 22 assists). His 66 aspects had been tied for fifth within the NHL with Rantanen and Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane.

Matthews helped Toronto (35-14-7) attain first within the Scotia North Division and qualify for the playoffs for the fifth straight season. He is a indispensable-time finalist and could per chance be the third Maple Leafs participant to employ the award, following Ted Kenney in 1955 and Babe Pratt in 1944

McDavid led the NHL with 105 aspects (33 dreams, 72 assists), 21 sooner than Draisaitl, who changed into once 2nd with 84 aspects. McDavid led the NHL in assists, even-energy aspects (68; 24 dreams, 44 assists) and energy-play aspects (37; nine dreams, 28 assists), and changed into once 2nd in dreams and game-successful dreams (11). McDavid scored no lower than one point in 45 of 56 games and had 33 multipoint games, including 18 and not using a lower than three aspects. A Ted Lindsay Award finalist, it changed into once the third time McDavid led the NHL in scoring (100 aspects in 2016-17; 108 in 2017-18).

McDavid helped the Oilers (35-19-2) attain 2nd within the North to qualify for the playoffs. A 3-time finalist, he changed into once MVP in 2016-17 and could per chance be the 2nd straight Oilers participant to employ the award. The captain additionally can become the 2nd Edmonton participant to employ it more than one times. Wayne Gretzky won it eight straight seasons from 1979-80 to 1986-87.

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