Edmonton captain Connor McDavid has won his first Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player.
McDavid claimed the award Wednesday night at the NHL’s annual post-season awards show at T-Mobile Arena, the new home of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights. The league also revealed the results of the Golden Knights’ expansion draft to an arena filled with fans of the league’s 31st franchise.
McDavid’s victory capped a breakthrough sophomore season for the 20-year-old centre, who won the league scoring title and led the Oilers back to the Stanley Cup playoffs after an 11-year absence. The former No. 1 pick beat out fellow finalists Sergei Bobrovsky of Columbus and Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby.
The Edmonton captain also won the Ted Lindsay Award, given to the most outstanding player chosen in a vote by NHL players association members. The 20-year-old NHL scoring champion also is a finalist for the Hart Trophy as the league’s MVP.
Columbus’ Sergei Bobrovsky has won his second Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goalie.
Bobrovsky led the NHL in goals-against average and save percentage while backstopping the Blue Jackets’ revival.
He wasn’t the only goalie in the Vegas spotlight, however. Marc-Andre Fleury appeared on the stage at T-Mobile Arena in a Golden Knights jersey after the expansion franchise picked him from Pittsburgh.
Nashville general manager David Poile has been named the NHL’s top executive, and Columbus coach John Tortorella has won the Jack Adams Award as the top coach.
Toronto forward Auston Matthews is the runaway winner of the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie.
Matthews claimed the honour during the NHL’s annual awards show, easily outdistancing Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine and Columbus’ Zach Werenski.
Matthews had 40 goals and 29 assists in his rookie season after going to the Maple Leafs as the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft.
Boston forward Patrice Bergeron has won the Selke Trophy as the NHL’s best defensive forward for the fourth time, and San Jose’s Brent Burns has won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenceman.
Bergeron joins Bob Gainey as the only players to win the Selke four times. Bergeron also claimed the trophy in 2012, 2014 and 2015.
Burns is a first-time winner of the Norris. The heavily bearded big man with an aggressive offensive game scored 76 points to lead all defencemen.
Burns beat out Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson, who scored 71 points.