New York (AFP)
Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, Toronto Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews and 2017 winner Connor McDavid were named among three finalists for the National Hockey League’s Hart Trophy on Thursday.
The most prestigious individual award in the NHL, the Hart Trophy is presented to the league’s most valuable player and is chosen by the Professional Hockey Writers Association. The winner will be announced near the end of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
MacKinnon was named in the bottom three after helping the Avalanche finish with the best NHL record this season to secure a playoff spot for a fourth straight year.
This is the second season in a row that MacKinnon has been named a Hart Trophy finalist after finishing second to Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl in 2020.
Meanwhile, the Leafs’ Matthews topped the NHL scoring charts this season with 41 goals in 52 games, the first U.S.-born player to achieve the feat in 24 years.
The 23-year-old center led the NHL in winning goals (12) and shots on goal (222), helping Toronto reach the playoffs for the fifth straight year.
Edmonton Oilers captain McDavid, 24, led the NHL with 105 points in goals and assists, scoring at least one point in 45 of 56 games.
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