The NHL award ceremony is still a little ways away but a couple of trophies have already been decided so far. Typically the Hart trophy which is the MVP of the league, the Art Ross trophy the league’s leading scorer, and the Rocket Richard the league’s leading goal scorer are decided at season’s end.
Connor McDavid of the Oilers has won the Art Ross trophy in only his 2nd season registering 100 points on the year, (30 goals and 70 assists) the first Oiler to hit the 100 point mark since Doug Weight had 104 points back in 95-96. McDavid was in the lead or tied for the lead in the scoring race since Nov. 22, had a league high 30 multi-point games, and had 11 3 point games.
McDavid is the favorite to win the Hart trophy as league MVP. This year alone the Oilers won 16 more games than last season, registered 33 points more than last season, scored 44 more goals, and allowed 35 fewer goals this season. When McDavid scored a goal the team had a record of 19-5-4 on the year, and when he scored or assisted on the power play he registered a point on 27 of the 56 power play goals scored by the Oilers. A panel of 14 NHL.com members voted 12 first place votes with Sidney Crosby getting 2, McDavid was the only player named on all ballots submitted. He ended the season on a 14 game point streak and has led the Oilers back to the playoffs since 2006.
Sidney Crosby of the Penguins has won the Rocket Richard trophy as the league’s top goal scorer. In 75 games this year Crosby scored 44 goals with 14 of them coming on the power play. The Pens begin their title defense this Wednesday against the Jackets in Pittsburgh.