Hart Trophy Vote Suggests ‘Best’ Trumped ‘Most Valuable’ This Season

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Leon Draisaitl, Nathan MacKinnon or Artemi Panarin? They represented the three finalists for the Hart Trophy for NHL MVP and the Ted Lindsay Award for most outstanding player as voted by the players. Each had passionate camps of supporters.

Edmonton Oilers center Draisaitl lapped the field offensively with 110 points in 71 games, clearing the runner-up, his teammate Connor McDavid, by 13 points. New York Rangers left winger Panarin arguably had the strongest overall impact on driving the play. Colorado Avalanche center MacKinnon was a blend of both, an offensive dynamo who also carried his team on his back when his teammates were injured.