Edmonton's Connor McDavid wins first Hart Trophy as NHL MVP

Edmonton captain Connor McDavid won his first Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player Wednesday night.

The Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby just won his third Stanley Cup, but it appears Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers is in the process of dethroning Sid the Kid as the NHL's best player.

Connor McDavid was the big victor at Wednesday's NHL Awards, becoming the third player to win in league history Hart Trophy before turning 21.

McDavid received 147 of a possible 175 first-place votes (1,604 points).

Offensively speaking, McDavid's NHL isn't the same league that Wayne Gretzky stepped into back in 1979-80, a season in which eight separate players topped 100 points. The other way in which the game will represent today's NHL is by integrating the Vegas Golden Knights, the league's first new franchise in 17 years, with a major expansion-focused addition to the Franchise mode.

Poile's work helped the Predators earn a postseason berth for the 10th time in 13 seasons and advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time.

The case for McLellan is similar, after leading his team to a 16-win improvement this season in his second year.

"To be up for this award with two unbelievable players (Crosby and Burns) makes it even that much more special", he said. McDavid just finished his second season in the National Hockey League and scored 100 points in 82 games.

Best newcomer of the season ("Calder Trophy") was the forward of "Toronto" Aston Matthews.

Bergeron joins Bob Gainey as the only players to win the Selke four times.

Hossa says he has privately been undergoing treatment for the last few years under the supervision of Chicago's medical staff.

Jack Adams Award (best coach): John Tortorella.

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron won the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the league's best defensive forward for a record-tying fourth time.

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 Edmonton captain won the Ted Lindsay Award, given to the most outstanding player chosen in a vote by National Hockey League players association members.

McDavid has had a phenomenal season in Edmonton, racking up 30 goals and 70 assists.

Matthews claimed the honor during the NHL's annual awards show on Wednesday night, easily outdistancing Winnipeg's Patrik Laine and Columbus' Zach Werenski. To put that cumulative total in perspective, Crosby and Patrick Kane tied for second with 89 points apiece. That being said, it looks like there will be some new deke mechanics and flashier animations for offensive players; so maybe gameplay will get a bit of an overhaul this year.

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