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

29 June 2017
Edmonton's Connor McDavid wins first Hart Trophy as NHL MVP

Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid was named the Most Valuable Player in the National Hockey League on Wednesday after the 20-year-old's points-scoring exploits helped carry his team into the post-season.

In voting conducted by members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association, McDavid received 147 of a possible 167 first place votes.

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Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers skates away from Shea Theodore of the Anaheim Ducks as Drake Caggiula looks on during the first overtime in Game 5 of their Stanley Cup playoff series on May 5, 2017.

The page has now begun to turn from Crosby and Ovechkin toward McDavid and Matthews, who were each nominated for a major National Hockey League award this season.

"To be up for this award with two unbelievable players (Crosby and Burns) makes it even that much more special", he said. The Edmonton Oilers scored just 243 goals this past season, which put McDavid - the youngest captain in National Hockey League history - in on a whopping 41.2 per cent of Edmonton's offence.

Matthews led all rookies in points and pushed the Maple Leafs to the postseason after the franchise finished last in the Atlantic Division the year before.

Calder Trophy (awarded to the top rookie): Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine, Zach Werenski.

“I think its going to be great, ” Matthews said.

Jack Adams Award (awarded to the best coach): Mike Babcock, Todd McLellan, John Tortorella.

The award for best defender in the regular season was won by Brent burns ("San Jose"), and the best goalkeeper ("Vezina Trophy") was Sergei Bobrovsky of "Columbus".

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Connor McDavid speaks to the media at Encore at Wynn hotel-casino in part of an National Hockey League event on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 in Las Vegas.

The Vegas expansion draft was highlighted by the selections of Stanley Cup-winning goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, defensemen Marc Methot and Alexei Emelin, 30-goal scorer Jonathan Marchessault and forwards David Perron and James Neal. The Slovak had 19 goals and 26 assists for 45 points last season and is still a very effective player in his late 30s. 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.

An unsurprising nominee for the title of league MVP, McDavid hit the 100-point mark as a 20-year-old centerpiece of Edmonton's offense in 2016-17.