Leon Draisaitl Wins N.H.L. M.V.P. Award

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The N.H.L. dished out its most prestigious awards on Monday earlier than Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals. Because of the pandemic, groups performed 68 to 71 of the 82 scheduled regular-season video games, making this the primary time a season was shortened to disparate extents from workforce to workforce since 1925, when Hamilton Tigers gamers staged a strike in the course of the playoffs.

The Hart Trophy, for the league’s most dear participant; the Ted Lindsay Award, for its most excellent participant; the Norris Trophy, for its high defenseman; the Vezina Trophy, for its finest goaltender; and the Calder Trophy, for its high rookie, had been all handed out in a digital ceremony that changed the standard festivities in Las Vegas.

Edmonton Oilers heart Leon Draisaitl turned the primary German-born participant and ninth European-trained participant to win the award. He had already captured the Art Ross Trophy because the league chief in factors. Once overshadowed by his teammate Connor McDavid, Draisaitl balanced consistency and explosiveness to maintain the highlight on him this season. He topped the league in multiple-point video games (33) and located the rating sheet in 56 of 71 video games. He obtained 91 of a potential 170 first-place votes.

“I know that there’s so many people that have helped me get to this point, and there’s so many people that I have to thank,” Draisaitl mentioned. “Family, friends, coaching staff, they trust in me, my teammates, most importantly, the fans.”

Colorado Avalanche heart Nathan MacKinnon, who led his workforce in scoring by the widest margin of any participant and was the playoffs’ main scorer for greater than every week after his workforce was eradicated, completed second. Rangers wing Artemi Panarin completed third after main the league with 71 even-strength factors. Panarin and Draisaitl’s groups had been each ousted from the postseason in its novel qualifying spherical.

As he turned the second German-born participant to win an M.V.P. award in a serious North American sports activities league (the N.B.A.’s Dirk Nowitzki was first), Draisaitl took home the Most Outstanding Player Award as properly.

“We’re producing more and more players, so hopefully this will somehow give little kids maybe some more joy of playing hockey and starting hockey instead of other sports,” Draisaitl mentioned.

While members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association vote for the winner of the Hart Trophy, the Lindsay is decided by participant voting. Seven instances up to now 10 seasons, the identical participant has earned each honors. This season, the teams of finalists had been similar, although Panarin completed forward of MacKinnon among the many runners-up.

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Connor Hellebuyck was chosen by the N.H.L.’s basic managers because the league’s high goalie. He was the muse of a Winnipeg Jets workforce that had large turnover in its protection corps. He confronted — and stopped — extra photographs than some other goalie, led the N.H.L. in shutouts and completed second in wins regardless of his workforce being a fringe playoff membership that was eradicated within the qualifying spherical.

“This year was just such a mental grind, but was also so fun,” Hellebuyck mentioned, including that he seemed ahead to better workforce success sooner or later.

Hellebuyck completed sixth in Hart Trophy voting. The final goaltender to win the Hart was Carey Price, with whom Hellebuyck tied for the league excessive in video games performed amongst goaltenders this season. Tuukka Rask completed second, posting the very best goals-against common whereas anchoring a goalie tandem for the league’s finest workforce by file, the Boston Bruins. Andrei Vasilevskiy, who received the Vezina final 12 months and has his Tampa Bay Lightning within the Stanley Cup finals, completed third.

The Nashville Predators’ Roman Josi was voted because the league’s finest all-around defenseman. Josi overtook the Washington Capitals’ John Carlson, who was an early-season favourite, with a mix of talent, aptitude, headiness and consistency. Opposing gamers gave him votes of confidence all through the season, and so did the writers on Monday. Josi completed second in each main offensive class and seventh within the M.V.P. voting. The final Hart winner on the blue line was Chris Pronger in 2000.

Like Draisaitl, Josi headlines a blossoming hockey program, that of Switzerland. He is the primary Swiss participant to win the award. Mark Streit’s eighth-place end in 2009 had been the best end for a Swiss defender.

“I was looking at some of the names who have won it, and those are all names you’ve idolized,” Josi mentioned. “When I was younger, Scott Niedermayer was a guy I looked up to. I really loved his game. Chris Pronger, Chris Chelios, so many guys. Obviously, Bobby Orr, it was long ago, but to be next to those guys is pretty cool. Growing up in Switzerland, they always seemed to be so far away; it’s unbelievable my name is on there beside so many greats who have won it before.”

Carlson, the highest scoring defenseman this season, was the second-place finisher forward of Victor Hedman of the Lightning. Hedman is at present in pursuit of the Stanley Cup and presumably the Conn Smythe Trophy because the postseason M.V.P.

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Though the three finalists had been pretty clear-cut, there was no scarcity of debate concerning who was hockey’s most excellent rookie. In the tip, it was Colorado’s Cale Makar, who plunged into the professionals final season, transitioning from the N.C.A.A.’s Frozen Four to the Stanley Cup playoffs over a weekend. In his first full season, he was hindered by damage at instances, however superlative in most areas when he was on the ice. Though his physique remains to be a piece in progress, his skating and puck-handling expertise belie his boyish look and soft-spoken voice.

“We’re in a very exciting group, and we’re in a good spot,” mentioned Makar, 21, taking the chance to defer credit score to his workforce. “I know everybody’s just pumped to get back at it, that’s for sure.”

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Quinn Hughes, 20, completed second. He led all rookies in scoring, assists and power-play factors after lacking just one sport this season. Chicago Blackhawks wing Dominik Kubalik, 25, completed third. Kubalik, a Czech, was a deadly purpose scorer in Switzerland’s high league final season and his contact translated to the N.H.L., the place he led all rookies in objectives (30) and even-strength factors (38). Rangers defenseman Adam Fox completed fourth, narrowly lacking finalist standing.