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Analysis: McDavid NHL’s MVP front-runner in condensed season – Washington, District of Columbia

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With all the indicators, Connor McDavid’s 100+ point season makes Edmonton Oilers captain a clear front runner for NHL MVP …

Using all the indicators, Connor McDavid’s 100+ point season makes Edmonton Oilers captain a clear and leading candidate for the NHL MVP award.

No one was within 30 points of McDavid to win his second Hart Memorial Trophy, with the exception of 81 points, when teammate Leon Draisaitl took part in play on Tuesday.

Determining the other award finalists in the league is how it can determine the production of one player and the production of another when a team plays against a division-only opponent in a condensed 56-game schedule. Considering how difficult it is, it is much more difficult.

“This is one of the real challenges, as so many games are played in such a short amount of time,” said Pierre McGuire, an analyst at NBC. “And what happens in the north (sector) may be a little different from what happens in the west or central or east.”

Voters need to evaluate players on the curve based on their own divisional differences.

If all Canadian North were considered one of the weakest divisions of the NHL based on the separation of the top four and bottom three teams, the East and Central might have been the toughest. They were the only division featuring five teams with positive goals-discrimination. The eastern part also had the fewest points, with 29, separating the 1st and 6th place teams.

“Eastern, it was a murder strike for most of the season,” McGuire said. “North, there were only four teams in most of the season, so the bottom-end teams weren’t very good, so I think the numbers are swelling.”

McGuire believes that the most difficult decision will be made between Jack Adams (coach of the year) and Selke Trophy (top defensive forward).

Candidates claiming the Coach of the Year’s honor include Rod Brind’Amour of Carolina, Joel Quenneville of Florida, and Dean Evason of Minnesota. As for Selke, McGuire wondered if the awards, primarily issued to the Center, would be given to Winger for the first time since the victory of Jerretinen in Dallas in 2003. Worshiping winger includes Brad Marchand in Boston, Mark Stone in Las Vegas, and Alexander Balkov in Florida. ..

Associated Press hockey writers Larry Rage, John Wowlow, and Stephen Wyno predict that the post-season and award season are just around the corner.

Hart Memorial Trophy (MVP)

Rage: Connor McDavid, Edmonton: “The 24-year-old superstar has achieved his second award after reaching 100 points in 53 games and has achieved that feat in the season since Mario Lemieux and Jaromír Jáger went. Be the first player. It was a quarter of a century ago. “

Wawrow: McDavid: “McDavid may have filled his numbers with 20 goals and 60 points against non-playoff teams, but still had 13 goals and 42 points against the playoff teams. No one in the north, or anyone else about it, was approaching. “

Wino: McDavid: “It’s the world of McDavid. He was the best player in hockey and he had the best season. This may be unanimous.”

Vezina Trophy (Top Goalkeeper)

Lage: Philip Grubauer, Colorado: “In a tough race, he is one of the NHL’s highest goals for the average and heaviest workload, allowing Avalanche to enjoy the highest point percentage in 16 seasons. I won by helping out. “

Wawrow: Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay: “I went almost with Gruauer, but Vasilevskiy won three more games and improved his save rate while playing for over 200 minutes.”

Wyno: Vasilevsky: “All he has to do is win, win, win. Vasilevsky leads the league with a win and more than would be scored by the average goalkeeper. I prevented the goal. ”

Noristrophy (Top Defense)

Rage: Adam Fox, New York Rangers: “The 23-year-old New Yorker led the league’s defense to score points at the end of the season on Saturday, giving the franchise a silver lining that missed the playoffs for the first time in four years. Provided. “

Wino: Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay: “Hedman was the best defenseman in the world and showed that by winning the Playoffs MVP honor at Lightning’s 2020 Stanley Cup Run. Adam Fox was a great year, And one day he will beat Norris, but this is still Hedman’s time. ”

Wawrow: Hedman: “Hedman continues to prove that he is the best all-round blue liner in the game.”

CALDER CUP (top rookie)

Lage: Kirill Kaprizov, Minnesota Wild. “The 24-year-old Russian easily led the NHL rookie in scoring and had a cushion as a point leader in the final week of the regular season.”

Wawrow: Kaprizov: “Anyone who can push Wild into the top 10 of the second NHL scoring breach in more than 10 years is commendable.”

Wino: Kaprizov: “Even though Kaprizov was graded on a 24-year-old curve and had many years of professional experience at KHL, he was electrical and the main reason Wild played off. Dallas forward Jason Robert Son soon. ”

Selke Trophy (Top Defensive Forward)

Rage: Patrice Bergeron, Boston: “One of the best two-way forwards ever led the league in confrontation and was as intense as usual during the backcheck. He won this award four times. It is comparable to Bob Gainey, who has been inducted into the most Hall of Fame in league history. ”

Wawrow: Mark Stone, Vegas: “Stone plays in all situations and complements aggressive production with a steady defender. All that’s missing is the showdown number. Shrug.”

Wino: Burgeron: “Bergeron was one of the top pack-owning players in the league, leading the NHL in the confrontation rate. He can still do it all at the age of 35.”

LADY BYNG MEMORIAL TROPHY (sportsmanship)

Lage: Auston Matthews, Toronto: “It’s time for him to win the award, recognizing the combination of being a gentleman and having skills after finishing second last year.”

Wawrow: Jaccob Slavin, Carolina: “Last year, Slavin deserved consideration. He is just as gentle and capable this year.”

Wino: Slavin: “It’s time for the defense to win this award. Slavin takes on all the tough defensive missions and doesn’t penalize him. He puts the puck on the glass for a total of 2 There is a minute penalty. That’s it. “

Jack Adams Trophy (Top Coach)

Lage: Rod Brind’Amour, Carolina: “The third year coach has led the hurricane to the first division title since raising the Stanley Cup in 2006.”

Wawrow: Dean Evason, Minnesota: “Wild is the only team not on the pre-season radar for everyone as a playoff candidate and still has the outside shot of finishing second in the west.”

Wino: Brind’Amur: “Blind’ Amur says coaching is’overrated'”, but his work has been underestimated for some time. With a hurricane at the top of the NHL, it’s time for Brind’Amour to be rewarded. “

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Wino is a voting member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association this year.

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