Connor McDavid(@EdmontonOilers), David Pastrnak(@NHLBruins) and Matthew Tkachuk(@FlaPanthers) are the three finalists for the 2022-23 Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team.” #NHLAwards
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– NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) May 12, 2023
It’s well deserved for Pastrnak, who led the NHL’s best team with 61 goals and 52 assists, and for Tkachuk, who was the main contributor to the Panthers’ late-campaign resurgence.
Is Tkachuk’s nomination influenced by the Panthers’ smoldering start to the playoffs? Voting takes place after the season, so no – still peculiar, since he wasn’t among the post-season favorites.
Connor McDavid is seen as the favorite, almost unanimously. He completed the campaign with 64 goals and 89 assists (153 points). But…
But excuse me… Isn’t the Hart Trophy the trophy awarded to the player most useful to his team?
But Leon Draisaitl, with 128 points, was extremely important for the Oilers this season, and proved time and again that he wasn’t just “keeping up with McDavid”.
Despite outperforming Pastrnak and Tkachuk, Draisaitl was unsurprisingly not nominated for the Hart Trophy. He was the league’s second-highest scorer, and won the Hart in 2020.
The explanation we’ll be given is that you can’t have two MVPs in the top 3 as a matter of principle. And that’s true. McDavid’s importance is somewhat diluted by Draisaitl’s, so to speak.
But if the gap is so small… Why can we name just one, when his “importance” is not unique within the club? Why do Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, who together lead the Oilers, have a representative?
The debate is interesting. But there’s clearly a problem with the definition of the trophy.
In a gust
– After 20 minutes.
2-0 Remparts after 20 minutes.
Zachary L’Heureux lost it at the very end. Zachary Bolduc hit him in the legs with a stick and then ran at him. Not exactly what his team needed at the end of the period…
– Kevin Dubé (@KDubeJDQ) May 12, 2023
– Brière confident.
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– Big game!
“It’s still an important match. Not just because it’s against Toronto at home, but because we have to keep winning.” – Hernán Losada >>> https://t.co/0v7Fi3aPA0
– CF Montréal (@cfmontreal) May 12, 2023