NEW YORK â€” Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid, along with Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets were named the three finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy on Monday.
The Hart Trophy is given to “the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team.”
McDavid captured the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s scoring leader after scoring 30 goals and 70 assists while playing in all 82 games this season. He also led the Oilers to second place in the Pacific Division and their first berth in the Stanley Cup playoffs since the 2005-06 campaign.
The 20-year-old registered at least one point in 59 of his 82 appearances and finished the year on a 14-game point streak. McDavid, from Newmarket, Ont., is trying to become the third player in NHL history to win MVP honours before his 21st birthday. Only Crosby and Wayne Gretzky have accomplished the feat.
Crosby, 29, captured his second Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the league’s goal-scoring leader, netting 44 goals. The defending Stanley Cup champions also had their best regular season record since the 1992-93 campaign.
The Cole Harbour, N.S., native finished with 89 points and was second behind McDavid for the Art Ross Trophy. It’s the sixth time that Crosby is a finalist for the MVP award.
Bobrovsky led the NHL with a 2.06 goals-against average and .931 save percentage in 63 starts this season. The Russian posted 41 wins and seven shutouts as the Blue Jackets enjoyed their best season in franchise history.
The 28-year-old is also a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goaltender. It’s the first time that he’s a Hart Trophy finalist.
The award winner will be announced at the NHL awards in Las Vegas on June 21.
The Canadian Press