The unbelievable 20-year old center for the Edmonton Oiler was awarded the Hart Trophy Wednesday night, being crowned the MVP of the National Hockey League for just the first time in his young National Hockey League career. In what promises to be an illustrious career, like Sidney Crosby, McDavid captured all three trophies in just his second year in the National Hockey League.
Connor McDavid is likely to win his first Hart Trophy as NHL MVP later week, but will anyone notice?
“I think I actually played him when I was younger, but you’re not really knowing who anybody is when you’re 10, 11-years-old”, Matthews said.
Earning his second Vezina Trophy was Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who beat out Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens for the honor given to the league’s best goalie.
Burns can become the first Sharks player to win the Norris.
As most expected Auston Matthews from Toronto was awarded the Calder Trophy as the top rookie in the league, beating out Patrik Laine from the Jets and Zach Werenski from the Blue Jackets. That award is also known as an MVP trophy, but is voted on by the players rather than writers like the Hart Trophy process.
Matthews was the no-brainer choice for the Calder after his 69-point rookie season for the Leafs.
Burns took the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the league’s best defenseman, beating out Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators and Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“So I’m definitely a huge fan of the games and to be on the cover … it’s awesome.”
At tonight’s NHL Awards, Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid was named the cover star of NHL 18.
“I feel like we have created a great team initially, and we can grow from here”, Golden Knights owner Bill Foley said. The heavily bearded big man with an aggressive offensive game scored 76 points to lead all defensemen.
Wayne Gretzky and Bobby Orr made sure they were in Toronto to witness the first National Hockey League meeting between Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews. The biggest name is former No. 1 pick Marc-Andre Fleury, who had won three Stanley Cups while spending his entire 13-year career with the Penguins.
Jack Adams Award (best coach): John Tortorella.
McDavid has had a phenomenal season in Edmonton, racking up 30 goals and 70 assists.
Following the league’s board of governors meeting, Bettman said pointless slashes to players’ hands will be called more.
The back-to-back Presidents’ Trophy-winning Washington Capitals open their season at Ottawa on October 5 and host the Montreal Canadiens in their home opener October 7. Though he didn’t win the Hart Trophy for the third time in his career, he did come home with his third Stanley Cup Championship and second Conn Smythe trophy this season – not a bad “consolation prize” for the 29-year-old.