Auston Matthews, Igor Shesterkin and Connor McDavid have been introduced Thursday as finalists for the NHL’s 2021-22 Hart Trophy, awarded yearly to “the participant adjudged to be Most worthy to his workforce.”
Members of the Skilled Hockey Writers’ Affiliation vote for the Hart. All NHL award winners will probably be introduced through the convention finals and Stanley Cup Ultimate, at dates and instances to be introduced.
The Hart Trophy area was full of eligible candidates this season, encouraging heated debates across the league about what standards greatest defines the NHL’s MVP. Ought to a goaltender like Shesterkin be within the combine when he doesn’t play each evening? Ought to a ahead like Jonathan Huberdeau be held again by defensive stats when offensively his 115 factors have been tied for second most within the NHL? And are defensemen like Roman Josi neglected for not being explosive sufficient?
PHWA members had the final phrase on who would make the Hart Trophy poll. Every finalist has performed a pivotal function in his workforce’s success.
Toronto’s Matthews is a Hart finalist for the second straight season, ending behind McDavid in voting final yr. The 24-year-old dominated league scoring this season, incomes his second consecutive Rocket Richard Trophy in a 60-goal, 106-point marketing campaign. Matthews is one among solely 22 NHL gamers to have hit the 60-goal threshold, and on the 55-goal mark he set a single-season franchise report in scoring for the Leafs. Toronto’s alternate captain performed a key function in serving to the group obtain different data this season in most wins (54) and most factors (115) because the Leafs surged to a second-place end within the Atlantic Division.
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Matthews would develop into the third Hart Trophy winner in Toronto’s historical past, and the primary since Ted Kennedy in 1954-55.
New York’s Shesterkin is a first-time Hart Trophy finalist and was beforehand named a first-time finalist for the Vezina Trophy because the NHL’s greatest goaltender. Shesterkin had a sensational common season for the Rangers, amassing a 36-13-4 report whereas main league starters in save share (.935) and goals-against common (2.07) and posting the third-most shutouts (6). On the power of Shesterkin’s stellar marketing campaign, New York averaged the second-fewest goals-against (2.49) and completed second within the aggressive Metropolitan Division.
Shesterkin would develop into the primary Hart Trophy for New York since Mark Messier in 1991-92. He would even be simply the third goaltender since 2000 to win the award, becoming a member of Jose Theodore and Carey Value.
Edmonton’s McDavid is a Hart Trophy finalist for the fourth time after unanimously profitable the award final season (he additionally took dwelling the Hart in 2016-17). The Oilers’ captain had one other prolific season offensively as he led the league in factors (123), was seventh general in targets (44), second in assists (79) and second in even-strength factors (78).
Together with teammate Leon Draisaitl, McDavid was the catalyst for Edmonton recovering from a midseason stoop that had them out of the playoff image and attaining a 104-point marketing campaign to complete second within the Pacific Division. McDavid’s dynamic play on the ice incessantly produces highlight-reel worthy materials and his ever-evolving defensive recreation constantly earns McDavid reward because the NHL’s most generational expertise.
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