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

Hope Soto
June 27, 2017

Connor McDavid, the Edmonton Oilers center, was announced as the cover athlete for EA SPORTS' NHL 18 at the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft in Las Vegas.

The 20-year-old captain has remained one of the most outstanding players in the league since his rookie debut last year, racking up 100 points in 82 games this past season, so his place on the cover of an NHL title seemed like an inevitability.

In his first full season in Columbus, Tortorella led the Blue Jackets' revival for their best record ever and their first playoff appearance since 2014, even leading the overall National Hockey League standings earlier in the season.

At 20 years old, McDavid is the fourth-youngest victor of the Hart Trophy, and he proved that he's truly the start of a youth movement in the National Hockey League that should make everyone take notice.

Wayne Gretzky will present the Hart Trophy as MVP to Connor McDavid, Sidney Crosby or Sergei Bobrovsky to cap the NHL's awards show.

McDavid and Sergei Bobrovsky of Columbus were the other two Hart Trophy candidates, while Crosby, McDavid and Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks were up for the Lindsay Award. Last season, he was nominated for and won the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year, and he has come a long way since then. That award is also known as an MVP trophy, but is voted on by the players rather than writers like the Hart Trophy process.

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Johnny Gaudreau took home the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for tallying only four penalty minutes in 72 games.

McDavid's fellow countryman Brent Burns also picked up an award by winning the James Norris Memorial Trophy for the best defenseman.

Bill Masterton Trophy (dedication to game): Craig Anderson, Ottawa Senators.

The league also revealed the results of the Golden Knights expansion draft during the show, with former Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury getting wild cheers from an arena filled with new fans of the NHLs 31st franchise. Bobrovsky, the first Russian to win the award twice, and Tortorella played major roles in the Blue Jackets revival for the best season in franchise history. The 36-year-old American took a leave of absence during parts of this past season to be with his wife who was battling throat cancer. The Bruins' shutdown center tied Canadiens legend Bob Gainey's record by winning the award for the fourth time. Among the Golden Knights' other selections was defenseman Brayden McNabb, from L.A., another ex-Monarch.

"I think it's going to be great", Matthews said.

The game will feature all of the classics, and is adding more game modes such as a 3-on-3 threes mode, and an Expansion Draft, where you are able to draft your own expansion team, and join the league. The first night of the season also includes the Calgary Flames at the Edmonton Oilers and the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Winnipeg Jets, a matchup of the top two picks in the 2016 draft, Auston Matthews against Patrik Laine. As such, the latest entry in the ice hockey series aims to "deliver the speed of today's young NHL stars".

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