McDavid, Crosby and Bobrovsky nominated for Hart Trophy

Two of the best players in hockey go head-to-head for top honors in the NHL

Brayton Wilson
May 01, 2017 - 10:23 pm

Photo: Charles LeClaire - USA TODAY Sports


Two of the National Hockey League's best players will go head-to-head for the first time for the honors of most valuable player.

The NHL on Monday named the three finalists for the Hart Trophy for the league's regular season MVP. Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid are the top-two players up for the award after putting up stellar 2016-17 seasons. Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky was named as the other finalist for the Hart.

Crosby and the defending Stanley Cup champions finished the season as the second best team in the NHL with a 50-21-11 record and 111 points. The 29-year old Crosby led the league with 44 goals this season, and finished tied for second in the league with 89 points in 75 games played. It is the first time since the 2009-10 season where Crosby has surpassed the 40-goal mark where he netted 51 goals in 81 games played.

Crosby missed the first six games of the season with a concussion, but was able to return and still put up the production he did. 

Crosby has won the Hart Trophy twice in his career in 2007 and in 2014. Crosby also won the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy for the second time in his career for scoring the most goals in the NHL this season. He also won the honor in 2010.

McDavid, 20, is up for his first career Hart Trophy in just his second NHL season. After being taken first overall in the 2015 NHL Draft, McDavid had his rookie season hampered by a broken collarbone where he missed 37 games. However, he managed to still finish the year with 48 points in 45 games and finish second in the Calder Trophy race as the league's Rookie of the Year.

In 2016-17, McDavid did not miss a single game and led the NHL with 70 assists and 100 points. In his second season, McDavid won his first ever Art Ross Trophy as the league's leading scorer.

He also led the Oilers to their first playoff appearance since the 2005-06 season when they lost in the Stanley Cup Final to the Carolina Hurricanes in seven games. Edmonton finished the season with a 47-26-9 record and a second place finish in the Pacific Division.

As for Bobrovsky, the Russian goaltender helped get the Blue Jackets back into the playoffs for the first time since the 2013-14 season.

The 28-year old netminder started in all 63 games he played finishing third in the league with 41 wins. Bobrovsky finished as the top goalie in the NHL with a 2.06 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage among goalies who played at least 35 games this season. Bobrovsky also finished tied for third in the league this season with seven shutouts.

It is the first time in his career that Bobrovsky is up for the Hart Trophy as league MVP. Bobrovsky is also up for his second career Vezina Trophy as the league's best goaltender in the regular season. He won the award back in the lockout-shortened 2013 season.

The NHL will hand out its annual awards on June 21 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The NHL is also planning on releasing the expansion roster for the Vegas Golden Knights, who will begin their inaugural season in the fall.

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