Edmonton’s Connor McDavid Wins Big at NHL Awards Night
Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid completed his season by winning the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player. McDavid also won the Ted Lindsay Award, which is awarded to the league’s most outstanding player as voted on by the players themselves. McDavid also won the Art Ross Trophy awarded to the NHL scoring champion. McDavid, 20, had 30 goals and 70 assists (100 points) in leading Edmonton to its first post season berth in 11 years. The Oilers beat the San Jose Sharks in six games in the first round and took Anaheim to seven games in the second round before losing to the Ducks.
It was a big night for the Columbus Blue Jackets as well. John Tortorella won the Jack Adams Award as Coach of the Year, and Sergei Bobrovsky won the Vezina Trophy as the Best Goaltender. Bobrovksy was 41-17-5 with a .931 save percentage and 2.06 goals against average. The Blue Jackets were last in the Metropolitan Division with 76 points in the 2015-16 season and improved to 108 points in ’16-’17, good for third in the tough Metro.
Toronto’s Auston Matthews won the Calder Trophy as Best Rookie. Matthews scored 40 goals and had 29 assists for the Maple Leafs.