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McDavid named Hart finalist

In a season that saw the second year phenom Connor McDavid win the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s highest scoring player, he has now been named a finalist for the Hart Trophy.

Alongside him, Sidney Crosby and Sergei Bobrovsky were named the other two finalists.

Annually, the award is given to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted their ballots at the conclusion of the regular season. The top three vote-getters are designated as finalists.

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The award has been around since 1924, when Dr. David A. Hart, father of former manager-coach of the Montreal Canadiens donated the award to the league.

McDavid finished the season with 100 points, scoring 30 goals and adding 70 assists. Connor captained the Oilers to the team’s first playoff birth since 2005-2006 to go along with their 103 standings points, the most in 30 years.

Closing the regular season with 25 points in 14 games helped put a stamp on his mark on this NHL season. His 30 multi-point performances were the most in the league this year, and registered points in 59 of 82 games this season.

Sidney Crosby was named as one of the other finalists. He helped the Penguins reach their best regular-season record since 1992-1993. Crosby scored 44 goals which gave him his second career Rocket Richard Trophy as the league’s top goal scorer.

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Crosby was second in the league in scoring to McDavid scoring 89 points in 75 games. This is Crosby’s sixth-Hart nomination over his career and has won the award twice previously in 2006-2007 and 2013-2014.

Sergei Bobrovsky led the NHL with a 2.06 goals against average and a .931 save percentage taking the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 50-24-8 record. Bobrovsky ranked in the top-five in wins, shutouts, saves and starts.

He also led the team to 14 and 16 game win streaks. Bobrovsky is also a finalist for the Vezina Trophy.

The winner will be announced on Wednesday. June 21 during the 2017 NHL Awards at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

  • ComeAtMeDog

    Congrats Mcdavid . He should win ..but u never know .

    Too bad ebs didn’t have a lil hart, that floater haha .

    Cmon oilers !! Ps I hope Crosby is ok .

    • That's My Point

      Crosby tried to castrate someone and didn’t get a penalty. Then he slashes Methot and takes his finger off and didn’t get a penalty. Surprised the NHL (National Hacky League) refs even noticed an infraction. They need an “EYE IN THE SKY”; a group of refs who press a button every time they see an infraction on the ice and a buzzer goes off and the penalized player goes to the penalty box. Game should be totally cleaned up in less than a week. Or leave it like now and change the name to “HOCKEY DERBY on ICE” and have the skilled players laying in hospital beds?

      • madjam

        I believe Connor was more responsible for Oilers fate , than Crosby was for a loaded Penguins squad this year . It should boil down to Connor agaist Bobrovsky , with Connor winning out .

      • madjam

        Oilers lose one game as much to officials as to the Ducks by the sounds of it . Officials sure know how to commit momentum one way or the other . Wonder who they will choose to bless next game ?

    • oilerjed

      This is yet another example of subjective refereeing. Too many refs are putting their personal stamp on the way they officiate vice calling the rules as an unbiased, impartial body. There have been endless calls for the NHL to somehow hold their officials responsible for the calls they make but obviously this is not in the NHL’s interest. Integrity of the game is not as important to the NHL as the need to leverage situations and use refereeing to alter the outcomes of hockey games. The NHL wants more offense, they have the refs call meaningless infractions to boost the numbers. The NHL wants larger market teams (re:LA,NY,ANA etc) to advance farther in the playoffs, the rule book goes out the window and the game degenerates into an old school lacrosse match. Until the NHLPA demands action by the NHL with respect to the refereeing nothing will happen.

      • Randaman

        Excuse me nut the NHLPA has just as much influence in rule changes and enforcement as the NHL does so this is on everybody, not just the NHL. Players have absolutely no respect for one another. That’s the underlying issue

        • oilerjed

          I’m not sure where you are going with this and am also assuming that you are not calling me a nut and just missed the “B” by a hair.
          My point with the NHLPA is that yes they do have a say in how the game is called, they have seats on the rules commission and also have a direct line to the Commissioner. If the NHLPA stood up as a whole and demanded that the league do something about the consistency of officiating there would be no choice really. Saying no would be a PR nightmare.
          As to the respect players hold for each other, I think the need to win-at-all-costs in a results oriented environment is natural, add in money to the equation and it is inevitable. This is why the refs are there in the first place isnt it?

  • corky

    The only snag i see is the eastern media. How many of them are up at 10/11:30 for some of these start times? Its been a theory kicked around for many years already. Hope common sense prevails. Or clip of tying goal on sunday should seal the deal. That was awesome.

  • Kevwan

    The 3 big stories this year in the NHL are: the Jackets, the Leafs and the Oilers. The Jackets win the Jack Adams and Vezina. The Leafs get the Calder and the Oilers the Hart.

    • Tombstone

      Unlike Oilers and CBJ who actually locked down a playoff spot, Leafs barely made it and if NYI didn’t get off to a bad startand Stamkos wasn’t injured, Leafs would have never made it.

  • madjam

    Off topic . Did an officials gaffe determine Oilers loss in game 3 ? Apparently the ” magic door ” Ducks first goal, should have been called a penalty against Ducks for to many men on the ice because play gave them an advantage . A goal for Ducks was allowed to stand . At the very least , it probably should not have counted and should have resulted in an Oiler power play . Ducks were lucky to get away with it , but how did that set tone for the game ?

    • QuitForRealThisTime

      I assume that like all the games the official rule is “If Getlaf is involved in the play it is not a penalty”. I believe he had the assist on the goal therefore no penalty could be awarded.

  • That's My Point

    Crosby didn’t play the full season so shouldn’t have a chance; just like Nugent-Hopkins and McDavid couldn’t win the Calder Trophy because they didn’t play the full season even though the best players.

    • Div 13 superstar

      Tombstone- do your parents know that you are playing on the computer again unsupervised? What I have seen from Eberle is much more determination at competing for pucks and being responsible defensively. Unfortunately, he has not been creating offence. He needs to figure out how to do both (and in fairness, should have done so a long time ago). Your comment adds nothing to this discussion.