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

Edmonton Oilers center Connor Mc David reacts after the Oilers' 2-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks in Game 7 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim Calif. Wednesday

McDavid outlasted Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby, who many are already comparing the young stud to, and Columbus Blue Jackets goalie and Vezina Trophy victor Sergei Bobrovsky.

Wayne Gretzky is the youngest player to win the Hart. Bergeron also claimed the trophy in 2012, 2014 and 2015.

Lastly, thanks to an overwhelming amount of votes from the Professional Hockey Writers Association, McDavid took home the Hart Memorial Trophy, given to the NHL's most valuable player. Coming off of an injury-shortened rookie season where he scored 16 goals and 48 points in 45 games, many were expecting big things from the 20-year-old phenom in his sophomore season.

Poile was recognized after the Predators' first Western Conference title and Stanley Cup Final appearance. This was the first meeting between the two players who will define the next generation in the NHL, much as Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin repped the league for the past dozen years and Mario Lemieux and the Great One did before that. The American coach also won the Adams award in 2004.

At this rate, we may be hearing McDavid's name announced as the victor of the Hart Trophy for many more years to come, as he hasn't even reached his prime in the league yet.

McDavid is the first Oiler to win the Hart since Mark Messier in 1990.

"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.




"We had two objectives", general manager George McPhee said. New Creative A.I. systems mean teammates now leverage the same tools as the player for intelligent decision-making all over the ice, including board passes and through-passing into space. "For myself, when the Coyotes moved (to Phoenix), that's how I got into hockey".

Burns, Ottawa's Erik Karlsson and Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman are finalists for the Norris Trophy as best defenseman.

A severe reaction to medication for a skin disorder has put Chicago Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa's career in doubt.

McDavid, 20, is the youngest player to win the Hart since Crosby himself won it in 2007.

McDavid, Crosby and San Jose's Brent Burns also are up for the Ted Lindsay Award as most outstanding player as voted by peers. Though he didn't win the league's MVP award, he didn't leave Vegas empty-handed, taking home the Vezina Trophy - awarded annually to the NHL's best goaltender.

The Vegas Golden Knights' expansion draft also is part of the show.

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